Monthly Archives: May 2013

Well, if you don't like these five things, I've got others.

Innovation Daily has just published “Five Things Technology Transfer Offices Wish Their Start-ups Knew.”    This appears to be based on a presentation the author made at the last AUTM meeting.  Perhaps that’s why the piece argues that university IP … Continue reading

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Equity Policies and Ownership Policies, Part III

Part I is here.  Part II is here.  Part III follows below. The policies of the form of 1962–dealing in equities, diverse, open, advocating the use of external invention management agents, if a university had a policy at all–supported the … Continue reading

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Equity Policies and Ownership Policies, Part II

Part I is here. The shift from equity to ownership in university patent polices reflects a substantial change in the approach to innovation.   An equity based policy does not require a claim of ownership.  It is based on the circumstances … Continue reading

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Equity Policies and Ownership Policies, Part I

In 1962, the dominant concept addressed in university patent policies was that of “equity” in inventions.  By 2012, fifty years later, equity has largely vanished from these policies, replaced by “ownership.”  In 1962 most universities did not have a patent … Continue reading

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The Hairball Theory of Ownership

Buried in a University of Washington web site on information technology, one encounters this statement: Except as noted by an agreement, a law, or a University policy (such as copyright policy), the UW owns all data and records, and all … Continue reading

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Hope of Better Things

Vannevar Bush (1949) [emphasis added]: The real reason we made such great progress was not bright inventors or clever gadgets.  It was the fact that we had thousands of men who understood the underlying science in the field, who skillfully … Continue reading

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Patent Policies of Confidence, and Patent Policies of Fear

Vannevar Bush, writing in the introduction to Modern Arms and Free Men (1949): This is not a history of what science did in the war; that has already been written.  It is an attempt to explore its meaning in the … Continue reading

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University startups, exits, and candor

The most recent Pitchbook has some interesting information on private equity exits.  If university administrators have been sold on the idea that there’s fast cash in startup company equity, there are also data to dampen administrative spirits. The Pitchbook identifies … Continue reading

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The long, slow 180 degree turn

I have spent the past few weeks working through 130 patent policies at US universities, circa 1962.  I have compiled a set of notes that runs to 100 pages, and another set of notes that are notes on the notes–2nd … Continue reading

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400 reasons to consider alternatives to the now standard model

The National Science Foundation has kept track of university expenditures on research in a detailed way since 1972.  The figures for 2011 include expenditures of $65b across all fields, from all sources of funding, with 912 universities reporting.  Nearly $35b … Continue reading

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