Monthly Archives: March 2011

Four Ways of Innovation

Innovation isn’t a simple topic.  As Benoît Godin has shown, for much of its existence “innovation” was a negative thing.  You didn’t want to be called an innovator, and that’s what you called folks who were loons and threats.  In … Continue reading

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The Value of Bewilderment

“Bewilderment, in its ancient and literal sense of being cast away in a trackless wild, was the lot of the explorer….”  Neal Stephenson, Quicksilver. Consider discovery from the point of view of research and exploration.   Columbus and Shackleton–these were explorers, … Continue reading

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IP Practice x University Opportunity

A while ago I wrote about the CANVIS approach to modes of university innovation practice. Even longer ago, I described the five main productive approaches to IP management–WASTE. We can now put these together to frame a matrix of activities … Continue reading

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It's all so very natural

Finding reasons for ownership of inventions is especially important for organizations. Organizations do not have impulses. Organizations are not passionate. Organizations are fictional persons, golems, creatures of legal incorporation. They may own, act, and carry liability, but they don’t think … Continue reading

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Five reasons why you may want to work with your university IP office

While I’m not taken with compulsory ownership IP systems for American universities, there are still really good reasons to work with a university IP office, and even to want a university to own your IP. It’s all about choice, capability, … Continue reading

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Ten ways to deal with a university compulsory IP ownership program

Most US universities have now moved to compulsory ownership IP policies. This is a huge mistake and is damaging American innovation and subverting the rationale for the federal government to promote university research. We will deal later with why compulsory … Continue reading

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It just doesn't get any better…

University technology transfer programs now routinely advocate for policies under which the university claims ownership of inventions made by faculty and staff, and sometimes students, visiting scholars, and volunteers.  These policies then hand control of these inventions to the university … Continue reading

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Updated Stuff

I have moved the Bayh-Dole Reading Group from Google Groups (where it still sits) to Google Sites, and changed the link over on the right.  I’ve also put the BDRG in a broader context, the Innovation Reading Group.  I aim … Continue reading

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The urge to tech transfer

Technology transfer refers to the movement of capability from one group to another.  Three conventional forms are from a developed country to a developing country (send in the tractors, there have to be tractors); from one industry to another (wifi … Continue reading

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Assigning the SPRC

Melba Kurman asks in a comment to the previous post that I discuss assignment of the SPRC in more detail.  Melba has an interesting blog on university technology management, so check it out here. When a university accepts a federal … Continue reading

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