Category Archives: Bozonet

The bozonet on mount stupid

I mentioned “mount stupid” last week in a three-part article on the University of Utah. Mount stupid is a bit of a meme derived from accounts of the Dunning-Kruger effect, which I have referred to in developing an account of … Continue reading

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University of Utah’s Mount Stupid Disclosure Claim, 3

Now let’s look at what the University of Utah requires by way of assignment. My snark controls have apparently failed. Here is a link to the template Assignment Agreement (warning, the link downloads a Word document). The template gives as … Continue reading

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University of Utah’s Mount Stupid Disclosure Claim, 2

We are working through a statement by the University of Utah regarding disclosure. We have got through one paragraph, and now are headed to the second. Unfortunately, the snark restrictor on my WordPress editor has failed and snark keeps popping … Continue reading

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University of Utah’s Mount Stupid Disclosure Claim, 1

Here is a bit from the University of Utah’s web site. The general topic is final invention reporting for grant close out. Here’s the statement of interest (bold in the original, links removed): All University employees are responsible to disclose all … Continue reading

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Bayh-Dole’s Public Covenant, 5

The Necessity of Government Action Under Its Non-exclusive Licenses Let’s look at two arguments why the government must act on its licensed rights in subject inventions. The first argument has to do with the rhetoric of Bayh-Dole. If the government … Continue reading

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Illusions of Bayh-Dole: the bathos of university practice, 3

We are working through a report of a workshop discussion of Bayh-Dole’s “manufactured substantially” requirement in 35 USC 204. Actually, it’s not really a requirement–more like a gesture. It’s incredible what the workshop panel folks can’t get right about the … Continue reading

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Illusions of Bayh-Dole: the bathos of university practice, 1

In 2013, David Schwartz wrote an article posted at Tech Transfer Central’s “Technology Transfer University Reporter” about the “substantially manufactured” requirement in Bayh-Dole (35 USC 204). Schwartz reports advice offered by a workshop panel on handling NIH waiver requests, but … Continue reading

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Bayh-Dole–six parts real, one part faux

Bayh-Dole is a law in six real parts and one faux part. There’s a policy part (35 USC 200, 201, 206, 210-212); requirements for contractor owned inventions (35 USC 202(a, b), 203, 204, 205); requirements for federally owned inventions (35 … Continue reading

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On Not Crossing Donner Pass

Turn anywhere in university technology transfer and you will find the “Valley of Death.” This Valley of Death, goes the argument, is the reason why it is so difficult to license patents to industry to create commercial products. There’s just … Continue reading

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More Contempt of the Supreme Court at the NIH

Here is more misrepresentation of Bayh-Dole from the NIH, the creator of Bayh-Dole, purporting to be advice for inventors: Under the Bayh-Dole Act, your institution as the grant recipient owns rights to the NIH-funded invention and has the right and obligation … Continue reading

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