Category Archives: Policy

The Basic Policy Question Behind Bayh-Dole

There’s one simple issue: Should the federal government subsidize with public funding for nonprofit research the creation of patent monopolies? There it is. The answer that has dominated for thirty-five years is “Yes.” How comfortable are you with that? Gut-level? … Continue reading

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Institutional patent derangement syndrome

The discussion of university ownership of patents on inventions made in faculty-led research invariably adopts the singular. Consider one invention at one university. Now, doesn’t it make sense that university administrators should take over that invention for the good of … Continue reading

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University of Connecticut patent practice hash, 4

So now back to UConn’s patent policy claim. Look at it again: Under Connecticut state law, the University owns all inventions created by employees in the performance of employment with the University or created with University resources or funds administered … Continue reading

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University of Connecticut patent practice hash, 3

Here’s UConn’s policy on invention ownership: Under Connecticut state law, the University owns all inventions created by employees in the performance of employment with the University or created with University resources or funds administered by the University (“University Inventions”). No … Continue reading

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University of Connecticut patent practice hash, 2

The definition of subject invention in federal funding agreements is not a matter of university administrator preference. Either an invention meets the definition of subject invention or it doesn’t. The administrator’s job is to gather the documentation that provides the … Continue reading

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The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, Table of Links

In May 2017 I wrote a series of articles that traced the development of the University of Wisconsin’s patent policy, how the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation shaped federal policy to disenfranchise faculty inventors in favor of its own money-making ventures … Continue reading

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“Only assholes get patents…”

Slashdot points to a recent blog post by Marco Arment on dealing with feature copying and imitation in software apps. Arment summaries copyright and trademark angles, noting that neither provides much defense. He then moves on to patents: Only assholes … Continue reading

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Whistling all the way to the bank, revisited 2

The “Whistling” article struggles with the problem of the standard patent rights clause language about “electing to retain title.” I’ve wondered over this wording for years. It appears to be at the heart of the “cleverly crafted scheme” to intercept … Continue reading

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University of Utah’s Mount Stupid Disclosure Claim, 3

Now let’s look at what the University of Utah requires by way of assignment. My snark controls have apparently failed. Here is a link to the template Assignment Agreement (warning, the link downloads a Word document). The template gives as … Continue reading

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University of Utah’s Mount Stupid Disclosure Claim, 2

We are working through a statement by the University of Utah regarding disclosure. We have got through one paragraph, and now are headed to the second. Unfortunately, the snark restrictor on my WordPress editor has failed and snark keeps popping … Continue reading

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