Author Archives: Gerald Barnett

What has Bayh-Dole changed?

There’s a persistent claim made that Bayh-Dole somehow changed university technology transfer–started it, revolutionized it, and/or made it successful where it wasn’t before. Something pretty darned big, anyway. But nowhere in Bayh-Dole is there any hint that nonprofit technology transfer … Continue reading

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A Bayh-Dole Quick Read, made longer with comments–Orp!

A Twitterer admonished another Twitterer to give Bayh-Dole a quick read. Sigh. But then I thought that I could help out. Here’s a really short version of Bayh-Dole, extracted from the swamp of muddy drafting that is Bayh-Dole. I’ve added … Continue reading

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Bayh-Dole, Piscopo version

Use the patent system! To promote use of inventions! Got an invention in federal research? Keep it! But license the feds! To practice and have practiced! Reporting? All kept secret! Nonprofits! Patent money? Deduct admin costs only! Use the rest … Continue reading

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A Bayh-Dole Quickest Read–Ha! Ha! Ha!

Here’s an even shorter version of Bayh-Dole, with some paraphrasing. Use the patent system to promote the use of inventions. A nonprofit or small business firm may elect to retain title to any subject invention. A subject invention is a … Continue reading

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A Bayh-Dole Quicker Read–Ha! Ha!

A Twitterer admonished another Twitterer to give Bayh-Dole a quick read. Sigh. But then I thought that I could help out. Here’s a even really shorter version of Bayh-Dole, extracted from the bog puddle of the last post: use the … Continue reading

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A Bayh-Dole Quick Read–Ha!

A Twitterer admonished another Twitterer to give Bayh-Dole a quick read. Sigh. But then I thought that I could help out. Here’s a really short version of Bayh-Dole, extracted from the swamp of muddy drafting that is Bayh-Dole, with bold … Continue reading

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The VPR Letters, No. 4

Dear Vice Provost for Research, It’s been a while, and I thought I would drop you another note to help you with your management of university-hosted intellectual property. I once was contacted by a vice provost of research at a … Continue reading

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UW’s Fast Start template, another bad bureaucratic idea gone bad, 7

We have been working through the arguments for universities implementing one-size-fits-all licensing templates for their spinout companies, so that all spinouts are treated the same–as if university spinouts are all the same, or should be made to become all the … Continue reading

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UW’s Fast Start template, another bad bureaucratic idea gone bad, 6

The University of Washington recently “rolled out” a “FAST start” template license agreement for university spinout companies–companies started by inventive researchers at the university to develop their inventions as commercial products. For spinout companies, the UW’s practice is to demand … Continue reading

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UW’s Fast Start template, another bad bureaucratic idea gone bad, 5

We have been discussing GeekWire’s account of the UW FAST start one-size-fits-all template agreement for startups. We showed that UW’s figures for startups were incorrect and there was little need for such a template. We then turned to H. Holden … Continue reading

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