Legal Issues

Legal issues of concern involve user agreements and intellectual property rights. The former range from simple to onerous and vary depending on whether the research is proprietary and the facility at which the research in conducted. Simplifying and standardizing the user agreements could alleviate some of this concern. Intellectual property rights issues significantly affect facility usage, and the committee wishes to bring attention to these concerns.

These themes and their implications for user facility management are developed further in the following chapters.

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