Monthly Archives: November 2013

It's *Not* Just a Tax, You Know

It’s Just a Tax I have always wondered where the dismissive argument that non-exclusive licenses are “just a tax” came from. The expression comes up a couple of times in Sally Smith Hughes’s interviews with Niels Reimers, who ran Stanford’s … Continue reading

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On making (Seeking Money = Public Service) federal research policy

Here is a paper from 2006 (actually, it looks like a near-final draft) by Fiona Murray on the OncoMouse licensing problem. At the time, the OncoMouse was one of the big issues for university tech transfer offices.  The paper is a great … Continue reading

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Intersections and Progress

It’s Thanksgiving in the United States–time for harvest, family, and giving thanks.  Here at Research Enterprise we can be grumpy and snarky at times, and often there’s good reason for it.  But the idea of progress, of learning from the … Continue reading

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Another misstatement of Bayh-Dole that could use an update

Here is another misstatement of Bayh-Dole in the wild, in a history of the Stanford OTL: Another significant event took place in 1980, when the U.S. Congress passed Public Law 96-517, the Bayh-Dole Act, which provided that rights to inventions … Continue reading

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Environments for Entrepreneurs (and the models that don’t help them)

The first part of this series commented on the primary findings of Walter Valdivia’s new Brookings Institution report calling for universities to look at startups as a way to “transfer technology.”  I appreciate Valdivia’s work.  It’s good to have a discussion … Continue reading

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Sparrows, Mockingbirds, and Crows

Walter Valdivia at the Brookings Institution has a new report out, noted by the New York Times, on how to improve “technology transfer.” Valdivia is one of the more astute commentators on university licensing behaviors, and it’s valuable to consider … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to the New York Times

For some reason, the New York Times response form is down.  So I thought I’d post this letter here while I wait for the response form to come back on line. Mr. Pérez-peña: On November 21 the New York Times … Continue reading

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A Redtail’s Dream for University IP Management

  Two years ago, Minna Sundberg, an art and design student at the University of Art and Design (now Aalto University) in Helsinki, decided to create a web comic for “practice.”  She started drawing a Redtail’s Dream (aRTD), a story … Continue reading

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Simple Bayh-Dole

Introduction The Bayh-Dole Act is a complex piece of work, with a tangle of requirements and implementing regulations, with plenty of opportunity for misunderstandings and exploitation.  In other places, I have worked to show in detail how the Bayh-Dole Act … Continue reading

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Silicon Valley Chapter LES Software Conference

Next Wednesday, Nov 13, UC Berkeley and the Silicon Valley Chapter of LES are hosting a one-day conference on “software and copyright IP commercialization.”  If you are in the Bay Area, or need an excuse to get to the Bay … Continue reading

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