Let's say a student researcher at a university is given notebooks to lab take notes about the research during their time as a researcher. This student does so well that they are hired by a research company for a career. The student tries to take the notebooks full of notes with them but the university says they can't because the stuff is property of the university.
Is this true? Is this considered intellectual property theft? I know that most companies won't let their employees take things with them to a new job, but this person was originally a student, on a part time job at the university while doing grad studies. Who would win if this were taken to court?
NOTE: This is not a situation of mine, I just wanted to see if there was a difference between a student and an actual hired employee in this situation. Intellectual property theft came up in one of my classes and I just want to make sure I know the whole concept before I make any broad generalizations in class discussions