Category Archives: Metrics

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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Dealing with Norming Myths

There’s a new study out at Future Internet that looks at how Wikipedia’s norms have developed over the years. In “The Evolution of Wikipedia’s Norm Network,” Bradi Heaberlin and Simon DeDeo examine Wikipedia’s form of governance and find it to … Continue reading

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The Vampire at the Neck

Consider the three elements of the simple mantra I outlined in my last post. Take IP License IP Make Money Let’s work through these three imperatives. Take IP Administrators have expanded the definition of “IP” from patents and copyrights to … Continue reading

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