Category Archives: Freedom

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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Discovery and Discovery Management, 2

University administrators, too, have oriented their institutions to take advantage of federal funding. Somehow, federal funding increases (to the administrative mind) a university’s prestige, and that prestige then can support raising tuition or getting more funding from state sources and … Continue reading

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Discovery and Discovery Management, 1

How do we discover? That’s a question that keeps coming up in my mind. There are books around that work at this point–to point to some recent examples, Ashton’s How to Fly a Horse, Kauffman’s Investigations, Johnson’s Where Good Ideas … Continue reading

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Penn State’s Protection Racket, 22: Agency

For all the talk about conflict of ┬áinterest in Penn State policies, Penn State does have a policy, HR91, that directly addresses conflict of interest. It’s odd that administrators can’t seem to focus their conflict of interest worries there and … Continue reading

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Penn State’s Protection Racket, 19: Conflict of Commitment

Even with this critique we have not got to the bottom of Penn State’s policy treatment of conflict of interest/commitment as a covert IP policy. Conflicts of interest and/or commitment “exist” when someone has “preferential access” to knowledge or university … Continue reading

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Penn State’s Protection Racket, 17: Academic Freedom

Here’s the opening of Penn State’s policy on academic freedom (HR 64): Academic freedom refers to the environment provided by the University that permits faculty members to engage in their scholarly pursuits of teaching, research, and related activities at institutions … Continue reading

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Key Concept 5: Public Covenant (Addendum)

The Need for a Public Covenant A public covenant attached to a patent property right reflects a determination that the federal patent system, on its own, is not adequate to a given governmental or private purpose. We might say, a … Continue reading

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What should the federal government do with patents it issues to itself? Part 3

Here is one of the most provocative parts of Vannevar Bush’s Science the Endless Frontier: Science Is a Proper Concern of Government It has been basic United States policy that Government should foster the opening of new frontiers. It opened … Continue reading

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The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, 14

The start is here: The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, 1 Three sorts of university invention We can then distinguish three sorts of invention arising in federally funded research at universities: inventive tools, inventive tools that can be sold … Continue reading

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