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 April 5, 2005
Brown faculty members call proposed patent policy too sweeping
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. Two Brown University professors say a proposed patent and invention policy gives the university too much control over professors' creations.

Under the proposed policy, the university would own the rights to any discovery or invention created by a faculty member during the course of their "university duties."

Brown's policy would give the university ownership of inventions created while faculty are on sabbaticals and vacations.

As owner of the rights, Brown could license the technology to generate revenue for the university.

The Providence Journal reports the proposed policy will come before Brown's faculty for endorsement this afternoon at a meeting with Brown president Ruth Simmons.

The university declined to answer questions on the proposed policy before it was presented to the faculty.

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