Monthly Archives: September 2011

Wisconsin offers a little choice

The University of Wisconsin had a strong tradition of faculty ownership of IP and control over research activities.  Faculty negotiated their own sponsored research agreements, for instance, with regard to IP.  Wisconsin wasn’t alone in this.  Until recently, Stanford had … Continue reading

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Universities went wrong early on Bayh-Dole

Here’s 37 CFR 401.14(a)(f) under the heading “Contractor Action to Protect the Government’s Interest”: (2) The contractor agrees to require, by written agreement, its employees, other than clerical and nontechnical employees, to disclose promptly in writing to personnel identified as … Continue reading

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My university, the chapman

“You may ask yourself, where does that highway lead to? You may ask yourself, am I right, am I wrong?” You may say to yourself, my god, what I have done?” “Once in a Lifetime” — Talking Heads Sometimes, the … Continue reading

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Make-Use Commons in TBED-3

I make this claim:  The most important innovation metric of a university technology transfer program is the number of unlicensed inventions for which patent rights are claimed. I argue that unlicensed patents suppress collaboration and innovation, work to the advantage … Continue reading

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On Innovation

This is a speech I’d like to hear from a university president. I’ve imagined a lunch keynote, in a mountain retreat, to folks interested in innovation, technology transfer, and commercialization. Put your dream caps on, folks, imagine tall Douglas fir … Continue reading

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Do Results Really Matter?

Steve Fiore has started an interesting discussion over at Science of Science Policy’s distribution list.  One article he cites shows that negative results are disappearing from scientific journals.  Another shows that a reported effect appears to decline over time as … Continue reading

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Five Things University Presidents Need to Hear

Here are five things many research university presidents need to hear: 1. You are losing money to extramural research administration and folks are raiding instructional programs and tuition to make up their losses. Change this. 2. Your tech transfer office … Continue reading

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