Category Archives: Policy

The laboratory and discovery

It’s a nice thought that faculty and students make their discoveries “in the lab” as a recent APLU infographic depicts. There certainly are discoveries made in laboratory work. But discoveries are also made out collecting samples, and in work shops, … Continue reading

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The Key Provisions of Bayh-Dole

Now, with all that fusstation from the University of Pittsburgh out of the way, we might ask then what are the “key provisions” of Bayh-Dole that a university should make faculty and the public aware of. Only One Key Provision … Continue reading

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The University of Pittsburgh’s Fake News Summary of Bayh-Dole, 4

We are working through the University of Pittsburgh summary of the Bayh-Dole Act, and I at least am getting increasingly grouchy as I do. How can someone writing for university faculty “innovators” get things so wrong in some many places? … Continue reading

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The University of Pittsburgh’s Fake News Summary of Bayh-Dole, 3

We are working through the fake history published by the University of Pittsburgh regarding the Bayh-Dole Act and its “key provisions.” “Fake” is too light a word for it, but it’s trendy and so people get the general idea. Really, … Continue reading

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The University of Pittsburgh’s Fake News Summary of Bayh-Dole, 2

We are working through the University of Pittsburgh’s account of the Bayh-Dole Act since AUTM has called it out as worth reading. We need to pause and consider some real history to work out of our imaginations the fake history … Continue reading

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The University of Pittsburgh’s Fake News Summary of Bayh-Dole, 1

AUTM a few weeks ago pointed favorably to a description of the Bayh-Dole Act posted by the University of Pittsburgh. Let’s have a look, then. The post is titled “What It Means for Technology Commercialization.” While “It” is ominous in … Continue reading

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Discovery and Discovery Management, 1

How do we discover? That’s a question that keeps coming up in my mind. There are books around that work at this point–to point to some recent examples, Ashton’s How to Fly a Horse, Kauffman’s Investigations, Johnson’s Where Good Ideas … Continue reading

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Penn State’s Protection Racket, End

Well, that has been quite the trip through Penn State’s IP apparatus. I worked through it briefly a few years ago, and then again last year, but never did the deep dive to see all the strange creatures that pass … Continue reading

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Penn State’s Protection Racket, 24: Fiduciary Duty

Penn State’s policy on conflict of interest, HR91, uses language that might be used to describe fiduciary duties. Penn State “faculty and staff members,” as a matter of policy, must use “utmost good faith” in their “duties to the University … Continue reading

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Penn State’s Protection Racket, 23: Conflict of Interest

Penn State’s conflict of interest policy, HR91, discusses requirements on “faculty and staff members”: In their dealings with and on behalf of the University, they shall be held to a strict rule of honest and fair dealings between themselves and … Continue reading

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