Category Archives: Freedom

Optimism for a New Year

It’s a whole new year, rather than just December 32. In 2017, Research Enterprise published over 250 articles on various aspects of invention policy and innovation, with lots of attention on the Bayh-Dole Act and on universities that cannot seem … Continue reading

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Thinking about projects, small and big–8

Here’s the rub for “the work” that necessarily includes “commercialization.” Any license or assignment of an invention made in “the work” draws that licensee or assignee into “the work.” That licensee, to the extent that commercialization is a requirement of … Continue reading

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Thinking about projects, small and big–7

What have we got to by musing on research projects at universities? First, that a sponsor may support a big project by providing support to a small project that is a component of that big project. The sponsor who does … Continue reading

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The Rat in Bayh-Dole’s Rotten Pickle Barrel: 35 USC 202(c)(5)

Most of the Bayh-Dole pundits out there in the university patent and license world have never understood Bayh-Dole. I’m not sure all that many have read the statute. Certainly if they did so, they read without comprehension. Take this recent … 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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Continued Employment as Consideration

Here is a nice article that worries whether continued employment is sufficient to create an enforceable obligation to assign inventions to an employer: “Is Continued Employment Enough to Uphold Invention Assignment Agreements?” The brief answer is, yes. Add the qualifications: … Continue reading

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Drift as a city’s economic driver

Some years ago, Jane Jacobs published a series of books that take up the issue of how cities contribute to regional and national economies. In particular, Jacobs argued that a particular kind of city behavior was crucial for a regional … Continue reading

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University of Misery’s IP Policy Scam, 4

Let’s look next at academic freedom in the University of Missouri’s Collected Rules and Regulations, 310.010, “Academic Freedom and Economic Security of Academic Staff.” Academic freedom and tenure are placed in a single policy statement. We start with a statement … Continue reading

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University of Misery’s IP Policy Scam, 3

But there’s more, of course. Under University of Missouri policy, faculty are not ordinary employees. The Collected Rules and Regulations call out faculty for special treatment. Here’s a concise statement of this fact from a policy on an employee’s ability … Continue reading

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The laboratory and discovery

It’s a nice thought that faculty and students make their discoveries “in the lab” as a recent APLU infographic depicts. There certainly are discoveries made in laboratory work. But discoveries are also made out collecting samples, and in work shops, … Continue reading

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