Intellectual Property Rights in the Universities

My article on Intellectual Property Rights in the Universities, based on research I’ve done in Canada in 2011, was just published. This topic is direly relevant for Lithuania.
Lithuania has very limited public resources for research, therefore it faces the double challenge of creating an attractive and competitive innovation/creativity environment within the universities and compensating for the ‘brain drain’ of emigration to already competitive countries.
Since the socio-economic context rarely allows for competitive compensation to academia, the potential to earn from intellectual property is important for the academia.
Unfortunately is the model of faculty intellectual property regulation chosen in Lithuania favors short term and shortsighted statistics (immediately accountable patent ownership by the university).
In my view – it comes at the detriment of new startups and longer term returns. It is also a likely contributing factor to faculty emigration. A relationship between the university intellectual property regime, faculty morale and ‘brain drain’ is a fact.
Preference to institutional interests is destined to fail in Lithuania, due to non-existent university commercialization experience, low faculty compensation, bureacracy and general distrust. Instead of facilitating innovation, it contributes to the faculty search of career alternatives and decreased productivity.
Faculty autonomy and faculty interests over the institutional interests deserve a chance – there is nothing to lose for Lithuania.

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