Need some good reading material? Here’s a quick recap of the top IP news stories we loved diving into this month!

  • “The public research university, according to a press release, is auctioning the NFTs for the patent disclosures of two Nobel Prize-winning inventions: CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, for which UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna shared the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry; and cancer immunotherapy, for which James Allison shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.” – UC Berkeley Will Auction NFTs for 2 Nobel Prize Patents, Inside Higher Ed
  • “High hopes abound for the potential of NFTs to serve as copyright alternatives, with many believing them to be copyrights themselves. When viewed at face value, it’s easy to understand the confusion.'” – No, NFTs aren’t copyrightsTech Crunch
  • “Policy makers fear that the openness of higher education could be exploited by foreign governments interested in obtaining American research and intellectual property and could make colleges vulnerable to influence from bad actors abroad…” – Do Colleges Need a Foreign Policy?, The Chronicle of Higher Education

Final tidbits: A probing piece into the role of IP in pandemics is presented in Brookings; a new report on the growing monetization of the creator economy; great higher ed profile on the unconventional career journey of a Ph.D. and their experience w/ patents


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