Category Archives: Sponsored Research

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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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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Emory’s Confusion Over Bayh-Dole and Copyright, 2

We are working through a recent article posted at Emory University’s technology transfer site. It claims that Bayh-Dole has something to do with copyrights and data, asserts that the reporting requirements are complicated, and then fusses around trying to make … Continue reading

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Emory’s Confusion Over Bayh-Dole and Copyright, 1

Confusion is like spilled milk. It’s only a mess because it has been spilled, and the effort to clean it up is much greater than the effort to pour a glass of milk to drink. Thus we have two articles … 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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