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September 28, 2016
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Webinar: Background Intellectual Property (BIP)

September 28, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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academy-blueThis UIDP Academy series presents information and ideas from leading subject matter experts on tried, true, and new approaches to U-I contracting, with opportunities for Q&A and presenter interaction. Presenters will use the UIDP Contract Accords as practical guidance to help participants understand issues and collaborate more effectively.

Topic: Background Intellectual Property

Some research projects require access to or use of existing intellectual property of one or both parties for the research to be performed.  This session will review expectations and perspectives of universities and industry sponsors with respect to background intellectual property (BIP). We will discuss when and how to include BIP clauses to mitigate the risk that the sponsor or the university may not have access to BIP that may be needed to conduct the project or to use resulting intellectual property and to properly recognize BIP as an asset of a party.


Melinda Vander Velden, Pioneer Hi-Bred International

melinda-vMelinda Vander Velden is a Licensing Manager at Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., and owner of a solo practice law firm, Vander Velden Law Firm, LLC.  Before joining Pioneer’s Technology Transfer and Licensing group, she served as a Patent Agent at Pioneer supporting the germplasm and mechanical dockets.  Melinda received a J.D. from Drake University Law School in 2010, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University in 2002, and is a registered patent attorney.


Elaine Brock, UIDP Contract Accords Manager

Elaine UIDPElaine is a Project Manager for the UIDP, managing the Contract Accords and Master Agreements projects, both of which develop practical guidance and materials to help parties negotiating collaborative research agreements. She is President & Senior Partner at Contracts, Compliance, and Conflict of Interest Authority, LLC, where she provides advice and counsel to universities and small business on research administration issues.

Moderator: Tony Boccanfuso

TB_headshotAs the UIDP’s President, Tony is a leading expert on U-I relations, in print and on the speaker circuit, domestically and internationally. Tony holds a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of South Carolina and a B.S. in Chemistry and Political Science from Furman University. Tony also serves as a consultant for government agencies, non-profit organizations and corporations and is Chair of the MedStar Health Research Institute. Tony and his family currently reside in Connecticut, where Tony’s wife, Dr. Laura Boccanfuso, is a social robotics researcher at Yale.

Registration & Cost

Only $1600 for non-members to attend 9 information packed, interactive sessions.

$100 for participants from UIDP member organizations.

$250 for non-member participants

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Full Series Schedule

Visit the U-I Contracting Webinar Series page for more information.

Cost Date Topic
$200 August 17 Confidentiality & Publications
$200 August 31 Liability, Indemnification, and Warranties
$250 September 14 Foreground Intellectual Property
$250 September 28 Background Intellectual Property
$200 October 12 Other Research Results
$200 October 26 Copyright
$250 November 9 Software
$250 November 30 New Contracting Models
$200 December 14 International Contracting Issues

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