I think we need to be careful about our terms and legal jurisdictions here.
When Lydia wrote "by virtue of having a patent, they hold the copyright
to that intellectual property", she may be referring to the texts of the
patent application, not the patent (idea) itself. Copyright law in
various countries may extend to the text in a patent application
separately from any patent rights (a different type of intellectual
property) granted if the patent application is accepted. See, for
example, a discussion of this in US copyright law:
Since Lydia is working in Canada, she'll need to check on Canadian
copyright law to see whether it extends to the texts of patent
applications. If not, she can reproduce the texts of patent
applications as she pleases since they're in the public domain. If so,
then she'll want to check whether the researcher's institution claims
copyright over all of the patent applications listed on the CV or, more
likely, only those applied for while working at the institution and
using institutional resources. Then she'll want to archive the
All that said, some patent offices make all patent applications
available on their website anyway, and Google scoops up many of them as
well: https://support.google.com/faqs/answer/2539193?hl=en . So if you
trust that they will be available in the future through at least one of
these channels, you might not bother archiving any patent applications
in your IR.
On 10/30/13 3:58 PM, Wilhelmina Randtke wrote:
> The intellectual property is a patent, not a copyright. The actual patent
> that was granted can be retrieved from the US Patent and Trademark Office.
> The paper documentation can be copied and posted freely by anyone.
> Copyright is not an issue here.
> -Wilhelmina Randtke
> On Oct 30, 2013 2:45 PM, "Lydia Zvyagintseva" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Sure, apologies for out-of-the-blue questions.
>> Well, a faculty member approaches the repository with their CV and asks us
>> to investigate all their publications to see how much of their work we can
>> deposit. They list their patents as part of their scholarly output on their
>> CV. My understanding is that by virtue of having a patent, they hold the
>> copyright to that intellectual property, and since they produced it in an
>> educational institution, we are free to capture their work in an IR.
>> However, that would depend on what the details of the patent granted
>> include, which is there the communication with the faculty member has to
>> happen. Am I off the mark here? I found a couple of patents in arXiv and
>> wanted to see how others treat these types of documents.
>> Thank you!
>> On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 1:08 PM, Matthew Sherman
>> <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
>>> Can you provide context? I am trying to understand why you would put a
>>> patent in an IR.
>>> On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 3:07 PM, Lydia Zvyagintseva <[log in to unmask]
>>>> Hi everyone,
>>>> Forgive me if this question has been asked before on this listserv, but
>>>> trying to gather some info for proceeding with patents down the road.
>>>> Do you have patents in your IR? What priority do they take in your
>>>> repository process? What's your workflow when dealing with them? Any
>>>> special considerations?
>>>> Many thanks for any input!
>>>> *Lydia Zvyagintseva*
>>>> MA/MLIS Candidate
>>>> Founder, HackYEG <http://hackyeg.com>
>>>> School of Library and Information Studies
>>>> Humanities Computing
>>>> University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
>>>> [log in to unmask]
>> *Lydia Zvyagintseva*
>> MA/MLIS Candidate
>> Founder, HackYEG <http://hackyeg.com>
>> School of Library and Information Studies
>> Humanities Computing
>> University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
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