Innovation Excellence | Intel to Universities: No Patents, Please, Just Open Source

“What would you do if you were the university official in charge of company research partnerships and a Fortune 100 tech company offered to fund a research center at your university to the tune of $2.5 million dollars a year?  If it were me, in these tough financial times, I’d say ‘great, tell me more,’ visions of a nice press release dancing in my head.

But wait, there’s A Catch:  the company has made it a condition that in order to receive the millions, your university must open source any resulting software and inventions that come out of this research funding.  Yes, open source.  Your university cannot stake claim to any patents.  There will be no intellectual property clauses, no negotiations, no… nonsense.

This situation is not hypothetical.  Since January, four U.S. universities have agreed to host Intel Science and Technology Centers (ISTCs) that will be funded at the rate of $2.5 million a year for five years.   ISTCs will conduct research in various areas related to cloud and embedded computing.  Each ISTC is led by two principal investigators, one from Intel and one from the faculty of the host university.  Each Center will host three Intel researchers who will act as technology scouts …”