(1)A board may acquire by gift or by purchase interests in intellectual property of any kind, whether patentable or copyrightable or not, including patents, copyrights, inventions, discoveries, processes and ideas. The board may also agree to aid in the development of property acquired pursuant to this section and to pay an assignor of any interest in intellectual property a share of any moneys received on account of the board’s ownership or management of the property.
(2)A board may manage, develop or dispose of by assignment, sale, lease, license or other action deemed advisable by the board, property acquired under subsection (1) of this section, and may contract with any person or agency, board, commission or department of this or any other state or with the federal government regarding the management, development or disposition thereof. The board may make gratuitous assignments of such property to any trust or fund, the sole beneficiary of which is the district or any of the institutions or activities under its control, subject to the share, if any, agreed to be paid to the assignor. The board may reassign such property to the inventor, author or discoverer.
(3)A board may determine the terms and conditions of any transaction authorized by this section and need not require competitive bids in connection therewith. No formal publicity or advertising is required regarding property for the development of which the board wishes to contract, but the board shall make reasonable efforts to disseminate such information in appropriate research and industrial circles.
(4)Moneys received by the board as a result of ownership or management of property acquired under this section or of transactions regarding such property shall be credited to a special fund which shall only be applied to payment of the agreed share, if any, to assignors, the remainder, if any, may be used for general expenses of the college. [1971 c.513 §7]
Section 341.319 — Intellectual property,