Category Archives: Projects

On Exclusive Licenses For Research Technology

Here’s a response I wrote for a research team that is working through issues regarding the licensing of their inventive technology. The team is spread across multiple institutions in multiple countries, working on an enabling technology in medical engineering. ***** The … Continue reading

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Say so long to your abusive patent policy

Let’s be blunt. The compulsory, comprehensive, portfolio approach to university invention management is a disaster. It has a rate of 0.1% to 0.5% producing new products. It is 100x less effective than the approach it displaced. When you try to … Continue reading

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Change state law

Restoring voluntary assignment for university inventors is the first step in reconditioning university invention management–and putting that management on a road of development consistent with university mores and roles. Voluntary assignment can be accomplished a number of ways. I will … Continue reading

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Cockroach Living in Technology Transfer

I didn’t intend to end up in university technology transfer, but I fell down a rabbit hole and here I still am. I have seen university technology transfer from both sides now. For 12 years, I worked for the University … Continue reading

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How university exclusive patent licensing suppresses commercialization pathways

A number of university licensing officers have made a big deal about exclusive patent licenses. The exclusive license, they argue, is the key advantage they have over the federal government’s typical approach to invention management. The purpose of the Bayh-Dole … Continue reading

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Transferwell

I followed a link from Kottke.org to an Atlantic Monthly article by Derek Thompson about how to choose a charity to support based on effectiveness of action rather than effectiveness of pitch or pride of place. The counter-example Thompson gives is … Continue reading

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The University Conversion Experience, Part 2

In Part I of “The University Conversion Experience” I described the problems faced when an organization supported by a university becomes trapped in claims by the university administration that the university owns the organization for having supported it. In Part … Continue reading

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The University Conversion Experience, Part 1

The second “pillar” of university innovation is the formation of “projects.” But just what is a project, and why are projects so important? To get into this subject, let’s start with some particulars and work out. Consider, first, the problem … Continue reading

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A Redtail’s Dream for University IP Management

  Two years ago, Minna Sundberg, an art and design student at the University of Art and Design (now Aalto University) in Helsinki, decided to create a web comic for “practice.”  She started drawing a Redtail’s Dream (aRTD), a story … Continue reading

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Silicon Valley Chapter LES Software Conference

Next Wednesday, Nov 13, UC Berkeley and the Silicon Valley Chapter of LES are hosting a one-day conference on “software and copyright IP commercialization.”  If you are in the Bay Area, or need an excuse to get to the Bay … Continue reading

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