Here’s Mississippi State University’s Office Technology Management answering the question “Why does the University patent technology?”
It is required under federal grants – The University is required to patent and commercialize the technology under terms of the Bayh-Dole Act. If the University elects not to patent the discovery, the sponsoring federal agency may request ownership of the patent rights.
Untrue and misleading.
Bayh-Dole doesn’t require patenting, and doesn’t require commercialization. Let’s examine the assertions here with some care to see the details of the corruption.
Let’s start with the big picture. “The University is required to patent” makes it appear that Bayh-Dole requires the university to own federally supported inventions. How else can the university be required to “patent” a “technology.” But in the Bayh-Dole regime, it is the university’s own doing to claim ownership of inventions made with federal support–and that choice has nothing to do with Bayh-Dole. Continue reading