NIH Addresses Intellectual Property Threats

SSM makes a directed effort to inform clients, colleagues and friends to protect IP at all costs.  This includes being extremely selective in who you share information with.  Unfortunately, IP integrity can be compromised even at the highest levels of science, including the National Institutes of Health.  SSM understands the importance of government funding to scientific research, but we also take this opportunity to reiterate the need to limit sharing of information related to unprotected IP, even in grant applications.  Researchers, please take heed.  Even if it is someone or some institute where you think you are safe to share, stop and consider if it's really necessary; maybe there's a way to convey some of the information without giving away the valuable parts.  Think on that, and ask for help if you need it (we're happy to help).  This letter from the NIH mentions efforts by the NIH to overcome these issues, but you are the most effective protector of your IP.