Whatever you do

Had a faculty meeting with our Provost (likely next President) an hour ago. During her presentation, she said:

If you have an idea, don’t put it on the web.

This was in the context of IP. The university shares profits from patented devices (or algorithms) 40/60 with the researcher, but she wants to make sure that no “publication” occurs before there is an opportunity to patent an idea. This is interesting, especially in the context of MIT’s Open Courseware project. I guess the idea is to put only your less fresh ideas on the web (or at leas those that won’t make you [40%] and the university [60%] money).

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