Monthly Archives: January 2016

How university exclusive patent licensing suppresses commercialization pathways

A number of university licensing officers have made a big deal about exclusive patent licenses. The exclusive license, they argue, is the key advantage they have over the federal government’s typical approach to invention management. The purpose of the Bayh-Dole … Continue reading

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University monopoly IP practices kill the very thing they claim to seek

Although the Bayh-Dole Act is placed in US patent law, it actually makes few changes to patent law, as the US Supreme Court made clear in the Stanford v. Roche decision. Bayh-Dole largely forces federal agencies to adopt a uniform … Continue reading

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The VPR Letters, No. 3

Dear Vice Provost for Research, I said I’d write again and explain how your technology transfer office is still hugely important. If you remember, in my first letter I discussed how the prevailing approach to university research innovation has failed, … Continue reading

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The VPR Letters, No. 2

Dear Vice Provost for Research, In my last letter I pointed out how the aggregate-patent-license model for university technology transfer has failed. It is a seductive model. It sounds so reasonable, so clear. And yet it has failed to deliver. … Continue reading

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The VPR Letters, No. 1

Dear Vice Provost for Research, An insightful vice provost for research once told me that the director of technology transfer had the second most difficult job in the university, after the dean of medicine. Having served as a director of a campus … Continue reading

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Some Questions from a Future FAQ on Bayh-Dole

Q. Can a university violate the Bayh-Dole Act? A. No. Bayh-Dole applies to federal agencies. The law requires federal agencies to adopt uniform practices regarding patent rights to inventions in funding agreements. Bayh-Dole (now) authorizes the Department of Commerce to … Continue reading

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When the pseudo-Bayh-Dole prophecy fails

In 1956, Leon Festinger and others published an account of a group in Chicago that believed that the world was about to be destroyed by a flood, but that those who took the appropriate actions would be rescued by a spaceship … Continue reading

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