Monthly Archives: May 2012

IP Governance or IP Management?

After Bayh-Dole was passed, university administrators got the idea that universities had to have policy statements to claim ownership of inventions to comply with Bayh-Dole.  The idea was that “elect to retain title” meant “elect title” which meant “title vests … Continue reading

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Reef or Trench? University research and open access to results

There is a petition on-line asking the President to require the posting of “published results” of federally funded research on-line for public access.   A story about it is here.  The effort is led by John Wilbanks, who previously led Science … Continue reading

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Coolangatta IP

Traditional knowledge encompasses the information possessed and developed within a community.  Such knowledge arises and is used to inform the activities of the community–it is “traditional” in this way.  The authors of a AAAS handbook, in a discussion of TK, … Continue reading

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More Evidence in the Wild

Here is another example in the wild of the mischaracterization of Bayh-Dole.  This is a document that offers a “Brief Guide to Intellectual Property in a University Context”.   My point is to document how Bayh-Dole has been represented by university … Continue reading

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The BioBrick BPA and Group Dynamics

The BioBricks Foundation supports a repository of “parts” for use in synthetic biology. It has implemented an interesting two-part arrangement called the BioBrick Public Agreement or BPA. This agreement aims to manage the interests of contributors and users of the … Continue reading

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Thinking back to think ahead

I have added a new page to the blog, Cottrell on Patents.  There you can find Cottrell’s 1912 essay explaining why he started Research Corporation.  Also, I’ve added a link to a historical account of Cottrell’s work and Research Corporation. … Continue reading

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Blasts from the Past

Here is the University of Arizona invention policy statement from 1939.  Simple voluntary approach with a breakout for expressly set out positions, with inventors owing 10% of their proceeds to the University if they are not using Research Corporation and … Continue reading

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No-troll covenants

Twitter has announced an Innovator’s Patent Agreement (thanks for the link, Steve) that gives inventors some rights that run with any assignment of patents on their inventions.   Inventors retain a right license with right to sublicense in the event that … Continue reading

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We are going to have the discussion anyway

Karen White over at Almost White Pages has good thoughts about the challenges of providing university inventors with choices about who manages their inventions.  It’s clear this is not an easy issue, and I agree with Karen that it is … Continue reading

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You already do

In the Bayh-Allen view of things, university technology transfer offices do not have the capacity or resources to handle inventions other than those made by their own faculty.  This is at the heart of “this compulsory assignment business is really … Continue reading

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