President Nellis Named Member of Intellectual Property Task Force

The task force was created by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

Texas Tech University President M. Duane Nellis has been named to the Managing University Intellectual Property task force created by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU).

The task force will examine the purposes of university innovation, technology transfer, commercialization and entrepreneurship. It also will explore whether some institutions' policies and practices may be contributing to the perception universities are engaged in technology transfer only for financial benefit. The task force will make recommendations to the APLU and its membership on the most effective ways to communicate the purpose of university management of intellectual property.

“As universities across the country continue to enhance and strengthen their research enterprises, it is important we, as higher education leaders, come together and reinforce the academic scholarship practiced in these endeavors,” Nellis said. “I appreciate the opportunity Dr. Peter McPherson has given me to represent not only higher education, but also Texas Tech University, in the dialogue.”

Nellis is one of the task force's seven members, made up of administrators from universities throughout the country.

The task force will prepare preliminary comments by December and aims to complete its work early in the spring. Jim Woodell, APLU assistant vice president for innovation and technology policy, is staffing the task force. Contact him with any questions at or (202) 478-6044.

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