Category Archives: Projects

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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Thinking about projects, small and big–1

Let’s consider “big” projects. A project can be bigger than any particular part of it described by a particular budget to support specific work. Similarly, an invention can be bigger than any given patent filed on some part of it. … Continue reading

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Thinking about projects, small and big–0

People talk about creating patent rights from inventions. That’s a way of creating an IP position from a NIPIA position. An invention is not IP–it’s NIPIA. But in this talk, people are generally oblivious to the importance of creating projects … Continue reading

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Thinking about projects, small and big– (-1)

A fundamental concept in university research enterprise is the project. In management-speak, the project is the key intangible asset created in research enterprise, the key form of NIPIA–“non-IP intangible asset.” A project is the soil in which the tubers of … Continue reading

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The Bayh-Dole implications of “big” projects created by university policies and practices

In the usual depictions of the Bayh-Dole Act, the emphasis gets put on university ownership of inventions made with federal support. What is not pointed out is that Bayh-Dole not only allows (but does not require) such ownership, but makes … Continue reading

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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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