Monthly Archives: October 2010

Linear Model and Little Linear Model

The Linear Model of innovation proposes that knowledge moves from basic research to applied research to development of product to commercial implementation.  This model arises in economic accounts of early NSF reporting, is implemented by the US FARs in their … Continue reading

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Next Generation Technology Transfer

After 30 years of effort to build a patent practice around university research, university technology transfer is poised to shift.  The pressure presently being put on central control and rigid processes in the name of efficiency is welcome.  This pressure … Continue reading

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Slumming and unslumming

I have been reading Jane Jacob’s The Death and Life of Great American Cities.  I find myself taken with her account of the Blighted Dullness of orderly “garden city” planners.   Jacobs argues that city streets become vital productive places when … Continue reading

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Excuse Theory

The most robust area of university technology transfer innovation is the formation of excuses for why the class of success stories is robust but apparently so little is happening.   Here are five typical excuses.  May as well learn them by … Continue reading

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We are *not* drowning kittens

From time to time that it really does happen that someone invents, gets patents, raises investment, and builds a product that gets sold at market.  We say, this event is an instance of a class, or a metonymy for the … Continue reading

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Innovation Stories

The story of invention to money happens, generally, afterward.  It is a way that stories like this are told.  Once there is a product, one can pick any starting point and tell of challenges and effort and luck, so long … Continue reading

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Unwinding the Little Linear Model

Let’s unwind university technology transfer practice, from the little linear model out. 1. Commercialization as a product paying a royalty under an exclusive patent license. How much of research invention output gets there?  After 30 years, it appears fewer than … Continue reading

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Limitation and Focus

It is easy to confuse focus and limitation.  Focus selects valuable things from diversity and mobilizes resources and sticks with an effort to achieve a goal.  Limitation cuts off consideration of opportunity and sets up rules to make things simple.   … Continue reading

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Metrics of "technology untransfer"

Stuff arising in research is hardly technology.  Research deals in glimmers and epiphanies, arguable discovery and hypothesis, data and more data, theory formation and creative destruction of theory.   In all this, research inventions are not, generally, technology, and transfer does … Continue reading

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Some Wrinkles

[Seven years ago, before I studied the history of Bayh-Dole, I still thought it was a workable framework for the management of inventions made with federal support. It’s amazing how one’s perspective can change with some context. Bayh-Dole was built … Continue reading

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