I. A recent Export Control case involves a University of Tennessee professor. In August 2008 a company formed to develop intellectual property (IP) at UT was found guilty of 10 counts of violating Export Control Regulation and could be subject to $10 million in fines. One of its professors, now an emeritus, faces criminal charges. The IP was owned by the university and licensed to this start-up. The company entered a research contract with the Air Force. In turn, the start-up entered into a contract with the professor and used university resources and graduate students to do the work. In the course of the work, the professor used several foreign nationals, including a Chinese grad student, despite the words in the contract which prohibited this.He also traveled to China in his capacity as a faculty member and carried some of the data from this contract. The University of Tennessee was not implicated by the grand jury, but the case does bring up a number of potential problems to consider:
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