Category Archives: Sponsored Research

Best practices in university invention management, 3

We are working through ipHandbook’s discussion of best practices in university ownership of inventions. After a clear discussion of invention ownership–inventors own their inventions unless they have agreed to assign them or it is equitable to find that circumstances imply … Continue reading

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The Basic Policy Question Behind Bayh-Dole

There’s one simple issue: Should the federal government subsidize with public funding for nonprofit research the creation of patent monopolies? There it is. The answer that has dominated for thirty-five years is “Yes.” How comfortable are you with that? Gut-level? … Continue reading

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Institutional patent derangement syndrome

The discussion of university ownership of patents on inventions made in faculty-led research invariably adopts the singular. Consider one invention at one university. Now, doesn’t it make sense that university administrators should take over that invention for the good of … Continue reading

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The devils in the details: Bayh-Dole supports academic freedom, 2

Part 1 of this article is here. By requiring the contractor to require “technical” employees to make a written agreement, (f)(2) does some fundamental things within the framework of definitions set up by Bayh-Dole. Watch the devils tumble out in … Continue reading

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The devils in the details: Bayh-Dole supports academic freedom, 1

Bayh-Dole supports the academic freedom of faculty inventors. University administrators refuse to comply. Here, we walk through the law, the implementing regulations, the various patent rights clauses to show the result. Fair warning to university administrators reading this piece. I … Continue reading

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Whistling all the way to the bank, revisited 3

Having established the contracting problem for government-sponsored “basic research,” let’s get into how the patent administration folks got into changing things around from government ownership to institutional ownership, when the institutions didn’t have policies and practices that swept up inventions … Continue reading

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University of Utah’s Mount Stupid Disclosure Claim, 3

Now let’s look at what the University of Utah requires by way of assignment. My snark controls have apparently failed. Here is a link to the template Assignment Agreement (warning, the link downloads a Word document). The template gives as … Continue reading

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University of Utah’s Mount Stupid Disclosure Claim, 2

We are working through a statement by the University of Utah regarding disclosure. We have got through one paragraph, and now are headed to the second. Unfortunately, the snark restrictor on my WordPress editor has failed and snark keeps popping … Continue reading

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University of Utah’s Mount Stupid Disclosure Claim, 1

Here is a bit from the University of Utah’s web site. The general topic is final invention reporting for grant close out. Here’s the statement of interest (bold in the original, links removed): All University employees are responsible to disclose all … Continue reading

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University of Manitoba’s Transformational Partnerships, 5 Years On

Five years ago on this date I posted an article about the University of Manitoba’s bold new venture to transfer inventions made in sponsored research without charging anything but a running royalty on actual sales. There’s all sorts of things … Continue reading

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