Research & Intellectual Property/Information Technology

The Research and Intellectual Property/Information Technology Group provides legal services to support U-M’s research activities, including regulatory compliance services pertaining to U-M’s research and commercialization activities (e.g., advice on the design of compliance programs, comments on proposed regulations and guidance, interactions with government regulators, and compliance training for U-M employees), assistance with research and commercial agreements (e.g., drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts; training contract reviewers; and resolving disputes arising under existing contracts), and guidance on patent and copyright issues and disputes pertaining to U-M’s research and commercialization activities.

OGC staff provide assistance on legal issues related to the use of computers and the Internet. Key topics include: information security; privacy; digital dissemination of U-M intellectual property; use of and access to digital resources; online expression and conduct; and electronic records management. OGC staff are responsible for matters related to U-M’s intellectual property rights and assets, including protecting and enforcing U-M patents, trademarks and copyrights, and advising on the licensing and acquisition of third-party content. In addition to providing advice and counseling on intellectual property matters including, but not limited to, infringement, fair use, digitization, data and tangible specimen use, maintenance, and sharing.

OGC staff work closely with other U-M units charged with administering research-related issues.  If you have a new issue in one of the following areas, you might first check with the responsible unit before contacting OGC:

Sponsored research projects:  U-M Research or the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects
Technology Transfer, filing patent applications, patent/software licensing:  U-M Tech Transfer
Research Ethics and Compliance:  U-M Research Ethics & Compliance

Your best starting point is generally to contact Innovation Partnerships (formerly U-M “Office of Technology Transfer”) if you are interested in doing one of the following:  (a) making an invention report to the University, (b) considering the filing of a patent application, (c) want to discuss licensing your invention or software to a company, (d) have questions about University policies on technology licensing, or (e) want to learn more about open source software.  Our OGC staff work closely with Innovation Partnerships on these issues, but typically an Innovation Partnerships staff member is best suited to initially consult with you on these issues.

Your best starting point on export issues is generally to contact the University Export Control Office.

Art and Museum Law: Jack Bernard
Communications Law
(broadcasting, satellite,
telephony, etc.):
Jack Bernard
Computer/Internet Law: David Grimm
Jack Bernard
Mark Nogueira
Copyright: Jack Bernard
Data Privacy Law: David Grimm
Export Control: Maya Kobersy
Human Subjects Research: Maya Kobersy
Tara Bradsher
Mark Nogueira
Information Security: Colleen McClorey
David Grimm
Intellectual Property Issues in Research Agreements: Rick Brandon
Brian Doughty
International Engagement: David Grimm
Licensing of Patents – Life Sciences: Rick Brandon
Licensing of Patents – Physical Sciences: Brian Doughty
Licensing of U-M Software to Third Parties: Rick Brandon
Media Rights: Jack Bernard
Mark Nogueira
Online/Distance Education: Jack Bernard
Mark Nogueira
Patents/Inventions – Life Sciences: Rick Brandon
Patents/Inventions – Physical Sciences: Brian Doughty
Patent Litigation: Rick Brandon
Brian Doughty
Personality Rights/Rights of Publicity: Jack Bernard
Privacy and Defamation: Jack Bernard
Publishing: Jack Bernard
Research Misconduct: Maya Kobersy (Campus)
Tara Bradsher (Michigan Medicine)
Research Regulatory Issues: Maya Kobersy (Campus)
Tara Bradsher (Michigan Medicine)
Trademark: Maya Kobersy
Jack Bernard
Trade Secret: Jack Bernard
Unmanned/Autonomous Vehicles: Maya Kobersy
C. Ndu Ozor