Category Archives: Bad Science

Vice presidents for research beg for Directive 10-289.

Here’s a bit from the APLU/AAU fakographic on university technology transfer: And here’s a bit from “‘Miracle machine of U.S. innovation is in danger,” a new op/ed by Kelvin Droegemeier and Daniel Reed. Droegemeier is the vice president for research at … Continue reading

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The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, 10

The IPA program, revived by the NIH following the Harbridge House report, which singled out medicinal chemistry as one of the few areas where there had been a disagreement by industry with government patenting policy, addressed both patent term and … Continue reading

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The sound and fury of nonprofit assignments of subject inventions

Over the past few months I have returned the issue of exclusive licenses and assignments in Bayh-Dole. Here’s the operative requirement for nonprofits (35 USC 202(c)(7)(A)): (7) In the case of a nonprofit organization, (A) a prohibition upon the assignment of … Continue reading

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Boiling away “Why Bayh-Dole”

The basis of the patent system is individual inventor rights. Bayh-Dole strips these in favor of institutional exploitation. Bayh-Dole is inventor loathing. The results are terrible. Commercialization rates are 1/1oth what they were before Bayh-Dole. Bayh-Dole has created tens of … Continue reading

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Saving Bush

Over at the Science of Science Policy discussion group, there was a brief flurry regarding Dan Sarewitz’s article in The New Atlantis, “Saving Science.” Here is what I posted in that discussion: Militaristic research directors demanding disciplined obedience don’t appear … Continue reading

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Vannevar Bush’s seductive lie

At The New Atlantis, Dan Sarewitz has published an interesting article, “Saving Science.” While there’s plenty to discuss regarding his major theme, that scientists “must come out of the lab into the real world,” here I’d like to deal with a … Continue reading

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Look, It's a Thrush!

One of the biggest problems in dealing with university technology transfer is the propensity for people to reason from the names given to things, rather than what the things are. In biology, a truism is that one cannot reason from … Continue reading

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How Bayh-Dole dammed, and then damned, the commons

This is the third article in a series. The first is here. The second, here. The motivating driver of the Bayh-Dole Act, if we can be blunt, was to put the affiliated research foundations in a position to keep with impunity any … Continue reading

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Embracing Bad Science in Technology Transfer

Julia Belluz and Steven Hoffman at Vox have published a new account of how screwed up academic science is. Belluz and Hoffman report on a string of studies and exposed forgeries that suggest that the published scientific literature is anything … Continue reading

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Replication: The Technology Transfer Problem

Steve Fiori on the SCISP listserv called the list’s attention to a blog post by David Funder, a research psychologist at UC Riverside.  Funder’s post discusses a recent NSF workshop that took up the issue of replication of research results. … Continue reading

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