We thank all of you that have been checking in with our team lately to explore ideas and designs. We are amazed at your continued efforts in the 3DP arena. Please keep it up and please continue to share your ideas with the world.
Since approximately, October 17, 2011, we’ve been a little bit more guarded about what is going on in our lab and perhaps a little less helpful or open to some of you. We’re sorry. Our University has decided, with no faculty involvement to change our consulting/engagement forms.
If interested, please see:
A PDF of this document: approval_compensation
Along with this form, an email stating:“The modifications reflect two areas of improvement. First, it has become increasingly apparent academic staff are not aware that engaging in outside work with any potential economic benefit triggers the requirement for approval through submission of this form. This includes situations where the economic benefit could arise due to an equity interest in the company for which the work is being performed, or due to potential benefit through intellectual property interests. It also includes any work where there is an entitlement to compensation, even if that compensation is waived or donated. The form has been reworded to clarify the policy requirement and provide guidance. Please
note that it is of benefit to the staff member to complete the outside work review
process, as it provides University approval for the activities, including de minimus
use of state facilities for outside work that might otherwise trigger a violation of
the Washington State Ethics in Public Service Act. “
This “minor” change in our consulting form has produced a claim of total University ownership of any and all intellectual property (IP) associated activity paid or unpaid (in which one should or might have gotten paid). Thus, if we help you, or offer advice (free consulting), we put you at risk of losing any and all of your IP in the transaction.
We have been sending the following form email to requests that require more than a casual response from us.“Dear #, Thank you for your interest in ###. At this point, we are
very sorry to say that due to recent changes in University IP status,
we can’t be of much help. Our current situation on IP would likely
give the Univ. any and all IP as a result of such efforts or
interactions. We are currently in a very strange situation as we
can’t even consult without those same IP issues (or even volunteer). We have several faculty groups attempting to resolve the situation
in a positive manner but it will take some time. Currently, the only way to do ### with us at the Univ. is to engage in a
research contract with the University. The costs would run between
$80K and $110K minimum (which would provide support for one
graduate student, some of our time and lab/machine time). Perhaps, you might try ### at ### or ### at ###. “
Several faculty groups on our campus our attempting to work towards a positive out coming of this situation.
Please be patient of these issues and continue to support us in our quest of Open3DP.