About the IPWG

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 The charge of the IP Working Group (IPWG) is to develop a set of recommended policies that will address issues such as the following:

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  • Ownership of Intellectual Property: What constitutes intellectual property, including copyright, and what principles apply in deciding ownership rights for inventions and works created by faculty, research center staff, and non-academic staff, or works created or co-created by students, at Middlebury? How will IP and copyright guidelines be applied to traditional non-digital works, including textbooks? How will the guidelines be applied to works created through sponsored research and/or collaborations with other institutions?
  • Intellectual Property in the Digital Age: In what ways do intellectual property and copyright principles apply to works created for digital learning and/or with the contribution of significant institutional resources?
  • Process for Grievances: What process should be considered for addressing grievances related to intellectual property or conflicts of interest?
  • Use of digital learning tools and environments: What guidelines or policies should be in place to encourage exploration in digital environments but in a way that protects student and faculty IP, privacy, and data?

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The IPWG meets between October 2015 and June 2016 to generate recommendations for policies and guidelines and consists of two subgroups:

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 1) A research team comprised of staff who are familiar with IP issues and who  research and synthesize legislation, guidelines, and other existing resources on pertinent topics. Members of this group include: Amy Collier (Associate Provost for Digital Learning); Amy McGill (Associate Provost for Integration Strategies); Chuck Mason (Director, Grants & Sponsored Projects); Joe Antonioli (Senior Curricular Innovation Strategist); Alicia Peaker (Post-doctoral Fellow, DLA); Bob Cole (Director, Digital Learning Commons); Tom Knox (Morrison & Foerster LLP; Middlebury alumnus and parent); William Schuerman (Morrison & Foerster LLP); and Jeff McMahan (Dinse, Knapp, & McAndrew, PC).

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 2 2) An advisory team comprised of faculty who meet with the research team monthly to help generate policy recommendations, review work as it develops, and seek broader faculty input. Members of this group include: Erik Bleich (College: Political Science); Louisa Stein (College: Film & Media Culture); Maria Sierra Cordoba Serrano (MIIS: T& I); John Hedgcock (MIIS: TESOL); Jason Merrill (Director of the School of Russian); Kai Zhang (Director of the School Abroad in Beijing).

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 1 Beginning in February 2016, the IPWG will begin to do outreach to Middlebury Community members about Intellectual Property. These outreach strategies, including the IPWG website and open meetings in both Vermont and Monterey, will provide opportunities for members of the Middlebury Community to ask questions, learn about Intellectual Property, and give feedback to the IPWG.

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 An Intellectual Property policy draft will be considered by the senior administration and reviewed by the Board of Trustees at the end of the academic year.

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Source: http://ipwg.middcreate.net/about/