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his online course is designed to assist university personnel whose work involves evaluating and drafting the intellectual property (IP) provisions of research agreements with external sponsors. It provides a broad introduction to the basics of intellectual property, plus it includes many practical, hands-on exercises using IP clauses from actual research and licensing agreements. The course also offers suggestions for dealing with issues commonly encountered in negotiating agreements with federal, state, non-profit and clinical trial sponsors of research.
This course is based on an online training course originally developed for research agreement negotiators working at the University of California. But all research universities, regardless of whether they are public or private institutions, face essentially the same intellectual property issues in research agreements.
The course is divided into three main sections:
Although each Lesson of the course may be taken as a standalone unit, the course does have a learning trajectory; later Lessons build on concepts introduced in previously Lessons. Newcomers to the field will find it helpful to take the course in sequence, but it is not a requirement. Those who already have some experience negotiating research agreements may wish to consult specific sections for reference or review.
Taken in its entirety, this online course will require 15 hours or more to complete. The course will end with a final exam, and offers a downloadable certificate of completion for those who successfully pass the final, scoring 80% or higher. If you do not successfully pass the final you have the option to retake the exam during your enrollment period.
Lesson 9: Course Review Exercise and Additional Resources