Category Archives: Bozonet

Inventor freedom and the unexpected model of innovation, 1

Consider an alternative to the present university administrator mania for patenting. Let’s start with inventor freedom and then look once more at what I call Vannevar Bush’s unexpected model of innovation. There are difficulties in the effort. First, the social … Continue reading

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Another NIST FAQ-up, 2

For the rest of NIST’s FAQ’d-up answer, let’s parse closely. NIST has just repeated the obvious–if an invention has been conceived and reduced to practice prior to federal funding, it is not a subject invention. The question, however, has to … Continue reading

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Pensé and Perspectivability-2

I have been writing about my sense of perspective–something not possible in an infinite university, according to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Though I have worked at and for universities in technology transfer for a couple of decades, I … Continue reading

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These are not the investors Congress was looking for

Universities routinely assign federally funded inventions to companies. They do so under the cover of an exclusive patent license, expecting that they won’t get caught. There are two kinds of exclusive license. In one, a true exclusive license, the licensee … Continue reading

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Bayh-Dole inventor disclosure summary

Let’s summarize. Bayh-Dole does not require inventors to disclose inventions arising in federally supported research or development. It’s just not there. Go look. I’ll wait. Bayh-Dole does not require inventors to give up rights to their inventions.  It’s not there. … Continue reading

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When to disclose inventions? Part II: Bayh-Dole, 2

We are explaining why, despite widespread insistence by folks who set themselves up as experts, there’s no obligation in Bayh-Dole for inventors to disclose inventions made under a federal contract. The first point to be made is that if one … Continue reading

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When to disclose inventions? Part II: Bayh-Dole, 1

When to disclose a subject invention under Bayh-Dole? It doesn’t matter. Really. Let me explain. The Bayh-Dole Act applies to subject inventions. A subject invention is an invention (i) owned by a contractor (ii) that is or may be patentable … Continue reading

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“Promote” in Bayh-Dole, 4

In arguing in Public Citizen v NIH that secret exclusive deals were the only way the NIH could fulfill its public mission–or at least the mission of its patent licensing office–the NIH produced some interesting metrics. In 2000, the NIH … Continue reading

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“Promote” in Bayh-Dole, 3

We are working through the Public Citizen v NIH case. Public Citizen sought to make the NIH disclose key elements of its exclusive licensing practice, and NIH refused. The Court agreed with the NIH–that in the balance between public interest … Continue reading

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NIST does not understand the government license in Bayh-Dole

NIST has issued a draft green paper that consolidates all the fake history, pseudo data as fact, misrepresentations of Bayh-Dole, and misconceived proposals all in one convenient place. I can’t hope to catch everything, but let’s take a look at … Continue reading

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