Author Archives: Gerald Barnett

Bayh-Dole, the rotten law for rotten bureaucrats

You know something has to be rotten with Bayh-Dole when: university administrators never cite the law even close to correctly the statistics used to champion the law are fake and deceptive all reports of invention utilization are government secrets university … Continue reading

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Kill Bayh-Dole

The Bayh-Dole desperation continues. Now Bio has released its very own fakographic, citing impressive-sounding numbers with no foundation in fact, a fake history that exists in the minds of a few pundits, and perpetuates a fraud on the public that … Continue reading

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University of Misery’s IP Policy Scam, 11

The introduction of a goofball definition of “invention” into the University of Missouri’s patent policy has a real effect: it transforms the scope of the policy text–especially at D.1 (inventions claimed by the university) and at D.2 (inventions that must … Continue reading

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University of Misery’s IP Policy Scam, 10

Darned! We have not yet dealt with the promised interrelationship between conception and actual reduction to practice as promised by Footnote 1 of the University of Missouri’s patent policy. It’s rather simple, generally, for a university patent policy that wants … Continue reading

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University of Misery’s IP Policy Scam, 9

If the University of Missouri patent policy were aiming to provide helpful information to university personnel at a loss to understand what patents are, that would be one thing. In that case, the policy would not need to define invention … Continue reading

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University of Misery’s IP Policy Scam, 8

How has the University of Missouri gone from a remarkably sensible and readable policy in 1956 to a grasping, scheming, convoluted, and at times incomprehensibly bombastic policy now? And why is it that university administrators insist that their policies give … Continue reading

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University of Misery’s IP Policy Scam, 7

We have thus far established the conditions upon which the University of Missouri patent policy asserts an ownership position for the university in inventions made by employees. For the claim to be made, an invention must meet either condition (1) … Continue reading

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University of Misery’s IP Policy Scam, 6

Now let’s consider the procedures by which an invention made by an employee (or non-employee, as the case may be) of the University of Missouri is to be reported. The university’s patent policy has changed over time. The original idea … Continue reading

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University of Misery’s IP Policy Scam, 5

The distinction in the University of Missouri patent policy between the broad scope of activities that a faculty member might properly undertake in the freedom of the university and the narrow scope of claims under which the university by policy … Continue reading

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The Purpose of Economic Life is Us

There is an order in the open-ended drift by which economic life develops and expands, but it is not the order of “challenge” and “response” to be found in military thinking or in Toynbee’s idea that civilizations die because they … Continue reading

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