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Student inventions, intellectual property, and the bottom line

from The American University Washington College of Law Intellectual Property Brief

Tony Brown designed an award winning iPhone app to track local apartment availability. The app was wildly successful, which presumably explains why Brown subsequently received a letter from the university's lawyers, informing him that the university owned a portion of his invention and was due the majority of any revenue generated. While the university eventually relented, and even went so far as to draft new rules relating to student inventions, the conflict suggests important lessons for students everywhere in the modern age. more

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