Monthly Archives: February 2013

(f)(2), The Soul of Bayh-Dole

At the heart of the Bayh-Dole Act is the disposition of ownership in inventions made with federal funding at universities.  That disposition is intended to provide benefits to the public through the practical application of those inventions.  The question for … Continue reading

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Freedom to Innovate in Washington State: Undoing the Embarrassing and Deceptive Muddle of UW and WSU Invention Policies

Here in the state of Washington, we are working to free faculty at public universities from state control of scholarship.  That’s the purpose of SB 5247, now in committee in the Washington state senate. Presently both the University of Washington … Continue reading

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The University as Bayh-Dole Privateer

Why would a nation-state seek to claim ownership of inventions made by its citizens?  That is, what uses would a nation-state put its patent system to, beyond those that one might expect of an individual inventor, entrepreneur, investor, company, university, … Continue reading

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Fixing the Flaw in Bayh-Dole with Freedom to Innovate Legislation

The essence of the Bayh-Dole Act is that government, though it supports faculty-led university research, should defer to investigators and inventors who wish to develop the inventions they make.  Bayh-Dole does this by pre-approving a broad set of arrangements that … Continue reading

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15 arguments for the university innovation machine… and why they are wrong

University administrators are hot on the idea of compulsory institutional ownership of faculty “inventions.”  The idea of “invention” is itself the subject of expanding ideas of scope–not just patentable inventions, but pretty much anything that a university administrator thinks could … Continue reading

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