Monthly Archives: March 2018

Some reading for technology transfer professionals

Every so often I have asked people what articles ought to be required reading for people in university technology transfer. One great suggestion is David Teece’s “Profiting from technological innovation: Implications for integration, collaboration, licensing and public policy.” Another has … Continue reading

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University of Connecticut patent practice hash, 4

So now back to UConn’s patent policy claim. Look at it again: Under Connecticut state law, the University owns all inventions created by employees in the performance of employment with the University or created with University resources or funds administered … Continue reading

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University of Connecticut patent practice hash, 3

Here’s UConn’s policy on invention ownership: Under Connecticut state law, the University owns all inventions created by employees in the performance of employment with the University or created with University resources or funds administered by the University (“University Inventions”). No … Continue reading

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University of Connecticut patent practice hash, 2

The definition of subject invention in federal funding agreements is not a matter of university administrator preference. Either an invention meets the definition of subject invention or it doesn’t. The administrator’s job is to gather the documentation that provides the … Continue reading

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University of Connecticut patent practice hash, 1

Let’s work through the University of Connecticut’s intellectual property practice on disclosure and ownership of inventions. We will start in the middle, with a disclosure form–much like a university inventor might do. UConn has an “Innovation Alert” web “portal” that … Continue reading

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Subject invention reporting and federal funding agreements

It would be interesting to see an audit of university invention reporting practices, especially in light of the definition of “funding agreement” and what it means for an invention to be made “in the performance of work under a funding … Continue reading

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The effect of eliminating Bayh-Dole invention reporting

The invention reporting requirement is fussy bureaucracy as it is presently practiced. Federal agencies appear to do nothing with the information reported other than to run up costs at taxpayer expense to receive the information. Nothing meaningful happens as a … Continue reading

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Why universities might fail to report subject inventions

James Love asks why universities fail to report subject inventions. The question might seem rather odd, because in practice Bayh-Dole has been construed to give university administrators incentives to expand the definition of subject invention and so claim anything and … Continue reading

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Nonprofit assignment of subject inventions in the standard patent rights clause 37 CFR 401.14(a)(k)(1)

Universities ubiquitously claim as a matter of formal policy to handle patentable inventions in the public interest. That expectation forms a basis for the federal government to award grants–subvention funding, grants-in-aid–for faculty-proposed research hosted by these universities. That’s also the … Continue reading

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GAO reports Bayh-Dole is a do WTF you want law

Bayh-Dole is a do WTF you want law. Don’t take my word for it. You don’t even have to go read the law to see what I have been talking about. Here, check out this report from the GAO, for … Continue reading

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