Category Archives: Metrics

Getting at the truth about Bayh-Dole’s impact, Part 5

Now we get to the crunch of Catherine Kirby’s blog article–published at a Rice University web site for entrepreneurship–with the section “Did the Bill Work?” Since the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act, more than 5,000 new companies have formed from federally … Continue reading

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Getting at the truth about Bayh-Dole’s impact, Part 1

Last December Catherine Kirby, a student at Rice University, posted “The True Impact of the Bayh-Dole Act” at the McNair Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Her article got called out in a tweet by Daniel Garisto as an instance of … Continue reading

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Government Interest Patent Activity 1976 to 2016, Part 4

In a portfolio model, 1 invention in 200 becoming a commercial product is acceptable, if the 1 is a big hit. In an agent model, 1 in 200 is unacceptable and borders on malpractice or fraud unless inventors willingly turn … Continue reading

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Government Interest Patent Activity 1976 to 2016, Part 3

With this context, let’s return to our patent activity graphs. University and nonprofit patents with a government interest have grown from 10% of all patents citing a government interest to over 50%. This level of activity leveled off around 1998 … Continue reading

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Government Interest Patent Activity 1976 to 2016, Part 2

Let’s turn to Research Corporation now. For decades, Research Corporation was the dominant invention management broker for universities. Even where universities created research foundations to manage inventions, those foundations often contracted with Research Corporation to do the actual patent work. … Continue reading

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Government Interest Patent Activity 1976 to 2016, Part 1

I ran some patent numbers over the past week using the USPTO web search interface. It’s not the easiest search environment to use, and I don’t expect the numbers to be precise. But I expect the numbers are accurate enough to … Continue reading

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Bayh-Dole’s Mandate to Break-up Patent Monopolies on Subject Inventions

In the past few months, I have spent a good deal of time on the Bayh-Dole Act. One of the great challenges of dealing with Bayh-Dole is to get past what university patent brokers say the law “is” and get … Continue reading

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Evidence-based federal research patent policy

The Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking is holding a public hearing in Chicago in January for “any interested stakeholders” to provide input. Given that the commission’s statutory mandate is more toward database access and security, I’m not sure that the lack … Continue reading

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Bayh-Dole has dropped commercialization rates from 25% to 0.5%: what more can we expect?

University licensing programs appear to have about a 0.5% commercialization rate. That is, of all the assets reported to them which they claim, only 1 in 200 (or less) actually results in a commercial product (without regard to the “success” … Continue reading

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Documented and undocumented technology transfer programs

Recently, the University of California, in an internal report on its technology transfer program, indicated that its commercialization rate was 0.5%–1 invention in 200 got to the point of a commercial product. There was no indication whether those commercial products … Continue reading

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