Monthly Archives: December 2010

On the warfarin path

We frame our expectations and our insights by the stories we tell.  This is true as well of the stories of innovation.   How does something new come into the world and reshape things?  We have two primary narratives–bane and boon–one, … Continue reading

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Dealing with university patent accumulation

A while ago I worked through the idea of patent accumulation as a problem for economic development. See What Happens Here Is Excluded Here. The gist is, if one accumulates research patents primarily in one’s own jurisdiction and these go … Continue reading

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When universities come trolling

Here is a question.  Is it a violation of Bayh-Dole for a university to sue a company for infringement of a subject invention for a monetary settlement? Bayh-Dole sets out its objectives in 35 USC 200.  We are not talking … Continue reading

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Does Bayh-Dole require a patent policy?

Here is a bit (see paragraph 9) from a major US university policy on treatment of inventions under Bayh-Dole: Incumbent upon members of the University community who apply for and receive federal funding to support research or who use federal … Continue reading

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The Moment In-Between

Here’s a neat essay by Chris Newfield that looks at the elements of innovation that underlie the development of Google from a snatch in a dream to global information and advertising silverback. One of the things that has fascinated me … Continue reading

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Two Yesses

The idea of innovation is complicated.  Benoît Godin has shown in a series of articles that innovation until the last hundred years or so has been a derogatory term.  No one wanted to be called an innovator.  Then in science, … Continue reading

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It's That Friggin' Simple

In Stanford v Roche, the CAFC said, essentially:  why don’t you manage your assignment obligations, if you care about them so much, or even follow the protocols of the law that you seek to claim the benefit of? This, to … Continue reading

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Compulsory Monopolicy

I was having some fun with that last post.   Part of the purpose is to tweak the noses of some folks who I hear had a good time trashing this blog at their recent organizational meet-up.   Well, now.  Good fun … Continue reading

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Just Trying to Help

I would like to see a solid white paper written by the leaders of the organizations that are arguing for a university compulsory system of invention management. Not some paid attorneys to do the water carrying, not some academics put … Continue reading

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Why university research IP policies should be different

I have written multiple times I don’t much care who wins Stanford v. Roche. I like universities and I like companies and I can see problems and advantages in both. I know some of the people at Stanford and don’t … Continue reading

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