Monthly Archives: October 2012
In The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University, Louis Menand works his way through the angst that is the lot of the English professor mired in a world of humanities departments who have lost their way … Continue reading
I have a hypothesis, not made idly: University innovation comes about primarily as a combination of luck, goodwill, and diligence, typically in that order of importance. Most of the major university licensing transactions appear to have followed this pathway. Something … Continue reading
I came across an interesting commentary by John Conley on the NIH’s refusal to exercise march-in rights under Bayh-Dole. The post is from January 2011 and has to do with the problems Genzyme has had producing an enzyme that … Continue reading
In the Teece formulation, innovation represents a competition among first movers, imitators, and infrastructure. Each aims for a share of the value of something new and worthwhile. Patents might be thought to aid the inventor, giving him or her a … Continue reading
“Affiliates programs” are generally donation-based financial support programs for university departments and schools. In exchange for a membership fee, an affiliate program participant gets various premiums–invitations to research reviews, open houses, and job fairs; access to university labs and faculty … Continue reading
Here is another article out today, from Peter Cohan, arguing that the US patent system should be scrapped. Are we are well past being able to reform it? Cohan’s five reasons don’t include regulatory capture, market inefficiencies, the march to … Continue reading
Use = Success There’s really not much to add. Infringement is not an option.