[In] July a judge ordered USC to return the database to UC-San Diego, which maintained control of the government funding. Details of the case remain murky, but that outcome seems generally in line with standard academic practice, suggests Becky Stoughton, MBA, CLP, vice president of Fuentek LLC in Apex, NC. “Transferring ownership of the results of research (such as a database) that happened prior to the researcher’s employment with the new university would be very atypical.”