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A Conflict of Intellectual Properties Protection Realities: Classroom vs. Reality

Year: 
2014
Researcher(s): 
Dr. Tammy Schakett
Institution: 
Ohio Northern University
Discipline: 
Entrepreneurial

Students sharing their entrepreneurial ideas in classes raises several thorny issues.  Who owns the idea after the class ends? Do people who worked on the idea have any right to it if they do not pursue the idea after the class ends? Do they all have to agree on how to pursue it, or can each person pursue the idea independent of others? What obligation as an instructor and institution do we have to make our students aware of this? Authors recommend that instructors give serious consideration to protecting students' ideas.

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