Author Archives: Gerald Barnett

Bayh-Dole Compliance

A law firm, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, PLLC, has posted an article on Bayh-Dole compliance written by attorney John Covert, “Patent Prosecution Tool Kit: Federally Funded Inventions and Compliance with the Bayh-Dole Act.” The advice given here is typical, … Continue reading

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On Technology Transfer Metrics, 3: Money

Universities don’t track their transfers, the federal government does not track university transfers, and professional organizations and nonprofits do not track university transfers. Law firms don’t track university transfers. Venture capital firms don’t track university transfers. Pretty much anyone who … Continue reading

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On Technology Transfer Metrics, 2: Management

There are uses for metrics in business. One is to make management decisions. There’s a repeated bit of nonsense–you can’t manage what you don’t measure. There’s a veneer in truth in that, along the lines of “if you measure it, … Continue reading

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On Technology Transfer Metrics, 1: Issues

Let’s follow up on the fact that there’s no publicly available–free–data source to track university to industry technology transfer. There’s no non-free data source to track such transfer, either. You would think there would be. To get at metrics, let’s … Continue reading

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Freely available data resources to track US university technology transfer

I answered a Quora question. Here it is. Are there any freely available data resources to track technology transfer activity between universities and commercial businesses in the US? Here’s my answer. No. And that’s quite amazing. Most universities publish an … Continue reading

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A major law firm’s new FAQ on Bayh-Dole, 4: More Mindless Administrative Compliance

We are nearly done with this FAQ from a major law firm purporting to give advice to small companies regarding Bayh-Dole. We are working through a list of 12 administrative compliance steps singled out as the essence of the law–those … Continue reading

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A major law firm’s new FAQ on Bayh-Dole, 3: Mindless Administrative Compliance

We are working through a FAQ on Bayh-Dole that doesn’t hesitate to delight and entertain with compliance porn. Remember, the FAQ started out with the claim that Bayh-Dole was intended to “provide incentives to promote commercialization”–which isn’t rightly defensible (there’s … Continue reading

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A major law firm’s new FAQ on Bayh-Dole, 2: Subject inventions

We are working through a sparkling fresh FAQ on Bayh-Dole by a major law firm, apparently directed at small companies fool enough to consider taking SBIR funding from the federal government. Now we must get into the deep mud. The … Continue reading

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A major law firm’s new FAQ on Bayh-Dole, 1: What is Bayh-Dole?

Wilson Sonsini, a big law firm, just published “Basics of the Bayh-Dole Act: FAQs.” The document appears to be directed at companies getting SBIR/STTR awards. The document is filed under “Client Advisories.” The FAQ, as a rhetorical piece, makes it … Continue reading

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The Dole-Bayh Act: Preference for United States Industry

Before there was the Bayh-Dole Act, Senator Dole drafted a version of the law. We are looking at various sections. Today, the Preference for United States Industry. In Bayh-Dole, this is 35 USC 204. But in Dole-Bayh, it is Section … Continue reading

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