Category Archives: Metrics

University Patent Policy for Effective Technology Transfer, 4: The Eat and Fart Model

No one in their right mind reads a book primarily because it has a copyright. “Gosh, all these books in the public domain–I need to find one with a solid, enforced copyright!” Similarly, technologists with stable brains do not seek … Continue reading

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On Technology Transfer Metrics, 6: What university administrators want most

We are looking at metrics for managing university-based technology transfer and policy. First, we have none. We have disconnected proxies that don’t inform either management or policy. Let’s look at what university administrators care about: money. That’s it. I have … Continue reading

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On Technology Transfer Metrics, 5: Metrics relative to mission

Who it is that most wants technology change. Or, more particularly, who is it that we ought to want to make technology change? My bet is that the top of that list is not occupied by patent bureaucrats. It’s not, … Continue reading

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On Technology Transfer Metrics, 4: Technology transfer and technology change

We have been talking university technology transfer metrics. First, that there aren’t any metrics. No one bothers to collect them or report them. Instead we get proxies of activity–number of patents, number of licenses. Once one has patents, then one … Continue reading

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On Technology Transfer Metrics, 3: Money

Universities don’t track their transfers, the federal government does not track university transfers, and professional organizations and nonprofits do not track university transfers. Law firms don’t track university transfers. Venture capital firms don’t track university transfers. Pretty much anyone who … Continue reading

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On Technology Transfer Metrics, 2: Management

There are uses for metrics in business. One is to make management decisions. There’s a repeated bit of nonsense–you can’t manage what you don’t measure. There’s a veneer in truth in that, along the lines of “if you measure it, … Continue reading

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On Technology Transfer Metrics, 1: Issues

Let’s follow up on the fact that there’s no publicly available–free–data source to track university to industry technology transfer. There’s no non-free data source to track such transfer, either. You would think there would be. To get at metrics, let’s … Continue reading

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NIST’s “substantially fueled” premise for unleashing innovation

Here is a claim from the opening of a recent NIST report–1234–on “Unleashing American Innovation,” a “draft green paper”: The U.S. innovation system is substantially fueled by the discoveries and inventions arising from federally funded R&D at the Nation’s universities, … Continue reading

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Nine Points to Consider (with regard to AUTM’s licensing survey), 8-9

We are considering nine points with regard to AUTM’s annual licensing survey. We have got through seven points–not validated and with estimates, duplicate reporting, conflating technology and invention, activity measures giving the illusion of a process at work, no reporting … Continue reading

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Nine Points to Consider (with regard to AUTM’s licensing survey), 1-7

The Association of University Technology Managers, a front group for university licensing professionals, conducts an annual survey of the universities that its members work for. The survey asks for various metrics regarding inventions, patenting, licensing, startups, and revenue. The survey … Continue reading

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