Author Archives: Gerald Barnett

Thinking about projects, small and big–2

We are working our way through the idea of project–a succession of tasks to accomplish some purpose. A small project is a project in which there is just such a succession of tasks and some purpose. We can call a … Continue reading

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Thinking about projects, small and big–1

Let’s consider “big” projects. A project can be bigger than any particular part of it described by a particular budget to support specific work. Similarly, an invention can be bigger than any given patent filed on some part of it. … Continue reading

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Thinking about projects, small and big–0

People talk about creating patent rights from inventions. That’s a way of creating an IP position from a NIPIA position. An invention is not IP–it’s NIPIA. But in this talk, people are generally oblivious to the importance of creating projects … Continue reading

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Thinking about projects, small and big– (-1)

A fundamental concept in university research enterprise is the project. In management-speak, the project is the key intangible asset created in research enterprise, the key form of NIPIA–“non-IP intangible asset.” A project is the soil in which the tubers of … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving 2017

To all those who seek to discover, invent, collect, develop, create, author, realize, and do something with any of that–thank you for your efforts, your insights, your inspiration. For those who build administrative systems to support such work–thank you, too. … Continue reading

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Assignment of subject inventions, not assignment of patents

Let’s make something really clear about inventions and patents. Courts have repeatedly held that an assignment of an invention is made when all substantial rights in an invention are conveyed, whether by assignment or exclusive license. The rights to make, … Continue reading

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Even the $100K/yr drugs don’t much work

Advocates for Bayh-Dole make a great deal over the number of drugs that involve university patents that have been approved since the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act. One of their measures is the number of drugs that have been developed. … Continue reading

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Taking Apart APLU’s Talking Points on Bayh-Dole, 4

One more bit about Bayh-Dole in the APLU Talking Points: Before 1980, fewer than 250 patents were issued to U.S. universities annually; discoveries were rarely commercialized for the public’s benefit. By contrast, according to a recent survey by the Association … Continue reading

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Taking Apart APLU’s Talking Points on Bayh-Dole, 3

We are working through APLU’s Talking Points on the cash cows of Bayh-Dole, commercialization, entrepreneurship and whatever else the federal government can be induced to fund. The APLU Talking Points turn next to what the federal government should do to … Continue reading

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Taking Apart APLU’s Talking Points on Bayh-Dole, 2

We are working through APLU’s Talking Points on the cash cows of Bayh-Dole, commercialization, entrepreneurship and whatever else the federal government can be induced to fund. We reach a talking point in bold. It must be more important than the … Continue reading

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