Category Archives: Policy

Penn State’s IP Protection Racket, 6: Problems with the RIP Loop

We are comparing Penn State’s 1991 and current IP policies to see what has been changed. When we are done, we will then do the same thing with the 1992 and current IP Agreements. Current Penn State IP policy refers to … Continue reading

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Penn State’s IP Protection Racket, 5: Commercial Potential

We have looked at legacy Penn State IP policy–from 1940 and from 1991. And we have worked through an especially bad piece of drafting in the Penn State IP Agreement, which ignores IP policy, conflates patents and copyrights, garbles Bayh-Dole … Continue reading

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Penn State’s IP Protection Racket, 4: The 1992 IP Agreement, con’t

Now we can look at Part B of Penn State’s 1992 IP Agreement. Part B concerns extramural contracts and starts with another general statement: I also understand that, whenever I am associated with activities which are financially supported by contracts … Continue reading

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Penn State’s IP Protection Racket, 3: The 1992 IP Agreement, con’t

We are looking at the Penn State IP Agreement in its 1992 form. Part (A) of the agreement sets out what appears on the surface to be a broad scope for inventions (and other stuff) to be assigned to the … Continue reading

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Penn State’s IP Protection Racket, 2: The 1992 IP Agreement, Part A

Penn State manages its IP by means of an IP policy statement and an IP Agreement form. The policy statement made effective in 1991 requires various university personnel (including in the category “academic”–whatever that means) to “complete” an IP Agreement … Continue reading

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Penn State’s IP Protection Racket, 1: Working Through the 1991 IP Policy

Hey, I know what, let’s compare Penn State’s “Intellectual Property Agreement” from 1992 with the present version. I know, just what you were hoping to do today. Identifying the changes help to show how Penn State created its IP protection … Continue reading

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Penn State’s 1940 Patent Policy

Penn State University created one of the earliest university patent policies. That policy was revised in 1940. Let’s have a look, and then consider more recent policy statements at Penn State. Like many early university patent policies, Penn State’s policy … Continue reading

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Key Concept 5: Public Covenant

A Limitation on a Patent Property  A patent public covenant is a restriction or obligation that runs with a patent property, creating requirements not arising otherwise from federal patent law. The expectation of such a covenant is that the restriction … Continue reading

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“Protecting” university inventions

I answered a question on Quora a bit ago: How can I protect my invention after applying for a patent? In the context of the question, my answer has to do with what an individual might do to “protect” an invention. … Continue reading

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What should the federal government do with patents it issues to itself? Part 4

The question of who ought to control inventions made by independent investigators is at the root of Bayh-Dole. Without federal funding, such investigators would give up rights in inventions only according to their own interests. They would be free of … Continue reading

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