Category Archives: Metrics

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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What’s uniform and what should never be, Part 2

In 1963, President Kennedy created a government-wide federal policy to address when and how federal agencies might consider allowing patent rights to remain with a contractor–any contractor, not just universities, and under any contract–not just procurement but also grants-in-aid or subventions. From … Continue reading

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Demonstrate that Bayh-Dole isn’t a disaster

Okay, folks. Here’s your challenge. Demonstrate that Bayh-Dole isn’t a disaster and university patent licensing practice isn’t also a disaster. Here are some observations. Produce evidence to show they are wrong. 1. Commercialization under Bayh-Dole is 100x worse than under the private … Continue reading

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Has Bayh-Dole Been Successful?

I answered a Quora question a while back. I thought I’d repost it here. The question was: Has the Bayh-Dole act been successful? Just over 30 years old, the Bayh-Dole Act has set the path for most research universities and … Continue reading

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Bayh-Dole, the franken-sausage god

The full title is: Bayh-Dole, the franken-sausage god that destroyed private initiative and the federal research commons, eliminated subvention from university research policy and failed to create a public covenant to use research inventions to develop new products and create new industries … Continue reading

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Should universities manage patents like corporations do?

We have discussed how university-owned patents are not like other patents. A university owner of patents is not free to do just anything with a patent. A university-held patent is not simply a property right–there are limitations (though many university patent administrators are … Continue reading

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From provider to predator: University of Texas patent policy, Part 4

In 2005, BethLynn Maxwell, a patent attorney then in the Intellectual Property Section of the Office of General Counsel for the University of Texas System, published a brief article on the Bayh-Dole Act, “Twenty-Five Years After Bayh-Dole” in the Office of … Continue reading

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FOIL Technology

A few years ago, the University of Washington claimed to have started a bunch of companies. I went through their lists of startups for two years and found they were making it all up. They claimed to have started 35 … Continue reading

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Effects, uncontested, are a policy's objectives

After 35 years, no reliable data on federally supported technology transfer Here is Sylvia Kraemer, writing in Science and Technology Policy in the United States (2006), on a fundamental problem in federal research policy identified by a Department of Commerce … Continue reading

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