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(See the complete passage discussion here: lsat/viewtopic.php?t=14639)
Must Be True. The correct answer choice is (E)
A resource-provider institution is characterized by its use of university “time and facilities” (line 43) to
determine ownership of faculty inventions.
Answer choice (A): Resource-provider institutions may be somewhat vague about what constitutes
“significant use” of university resources, but there is no indication that this vagueness extends to the
definition of university resources.
Answer choice (B): This answer choice is only partially correct. Resource-provider institutions are
grouped among the three institutions which attempt to maximize university profit participation, but none
of the institutions provides faculty with unlimited flexibility. Each of the four policies, including facultyoriented
policy, has some restraints regarding faculty freedom.
Answer choice (C): The inversion of industry practice for exploiting faculty inventions is a
distinguishing characteristic of faculty-oriented institutions. Resource-provider institutions follow the
standard practice, but impose fewer restrictions than maximalist or supramaximalist institutions. Test
takers should have no difficulty identifying this answer choice as incorrect.
Answer choice (D): All four institutions could claim ownership of faculty inventions developed outside
of the institution under certain circumstances. Supramaximalist universities would claim ownership if
any faculty activity was involved, and maximalist universities would claim ownership if the invention
was developed in the course of the faculty’s employment. Resource-provider universities would claim
the invention if it involved significant use of university time, and faculty-oriented institutions would
claim it if it were related to public health.
Answer choice (E): This is the correct answer choice. Although faculty-oriented institutions have
some provision for the extent of use of institutional resources, only resource-provider institutions rely
upon this criterion alone for determining ownership of faculty inventions. The other three institutions
all rely upon at least two criteria and neither supramaximalist nor maximalist institutions are concerned
with the extent of use of institutional resources.