Category Archives: Projects

Available to one, developed by none, 2

We are working through the political argument that without a patent monopoly, federally supported research will never get used or developed into commercial products or ever benefit the public. It’s flowery language meant to lead those who hear or read … Continue reading

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Available to one, developed by none, 1

A repeated argument regarding inventions made with federal support was that the public would benefit from these inventions only if companies invested substantial amounts of private capital in developing the inventions as commercial products. Without commercial development at private expense, … Continue reading

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Thinking about projects, small and big–8

Here’s the rub for “the work” that necessarily includes “commercialization.” Any license or assignment of an invention made in “the work” draws that licensee or assignee into “the work.” That licensee, to the extent that commercialization is a requirement of … Continue reading

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Thinking about projects, small and big–7

What have we got to by musing on research projects at universities? First, that a sponsor may support a big project by providing support to a small project that is a component of that big project. The sponsor who does … Continue reading

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Thinking about projects, small and big–6

We have looked at projects. Small projects can be pieces of bigger projects. It’s the big project that controls. Now let’s look at inventions, small and greater. We will see roughly the same thing: the idea of “invention” can be … Continue reading

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Thinking about projects, small and big–5

Consider the implications of an assignment of an invention in the context of big projects and greater inventions. If one assigns an invention, having already granted a license to that invention, then the license follows the assignment–unless, of course, the … Continue reading

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Regulatory Blah-Blah and the Public Interest in Inventions

Look, if two different units of the same company come to you to support research, and the units offer different and conflicting terms for their funding, then you tell them to knock their heads together and figure out just what … Continue reading

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Thinking about projects, small and big–4

Let’s repeat, for the sake of emphasis. If a sponsor supports a project, and that project is part of a larger project, then the sponsor necessarily also supports the larger project. It doesn’t matter that there is separate accounting for … Continue reading

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Thinking about projects, small and big–3

We have used a scenario to illustrate the relationship between small projects and big projects in a university research environment. In a sense, this relationship between projects is one of the key drivers of research enterprise. It’s not just that … Continue reading

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Thinking about projects, small and big–2

We are working our way through the idea of project–a succession of tasks to accomplish some purpose. A small project is a project in which there is just such a succession of tasks and some purpose. We can call a … Continue reading

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