Not too long ago, many universities started taking a more serious interest in the value of the collaborative research they conduct. Such interest however has been steadily slowing down the time it takes to negotiate new deals as each party tries to “protect” its intellectual property rights. To address this problem, a number of technology companies (I.B.M., Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Cisco) and American universities (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the universities of Stanford, California at Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Illinois and Texas) have agreed on principles for making software developed in collaborative projects freely available. The guidelines and framework for the agreement will posted this week at www.ibm.com/university, and at the Kauffman foundation’s site, www.kauffman.org.
From the New York Times.