Category Archives: Sponsored Research

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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University Confusion Over Bayh-Dole and Copyright, 2

We are working through a recent article posted at Emory University’s technology transfer site [since thankfully removed]. The article claimed that Bayh-Dole has something to do with copyrights and data, asserted that the reporting requirements are complicated, and then fussed … Continue reading

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University Confusion Over Bayh-Dole and Copyright, 1

[This article comments on an article at Emory University’s technology transfer office’s web site. The article has finally been removed, so I have in turn removed some identifying elements. I’m keeping this article up, however, for the discussion of Bayh-Dole … 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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Discovery and Discovery Management, 2

University administrators, too, have oriented their institutions to take advantage of federal funding. Somehow, federal funding increases (to the administrative mind) a university’s prestige, and that prestige then can support raising tuition or getting more funding from state sources and … Continue reading

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Discovery and Discovery Management, 1

How do we discover? That’s a question that keeps coming up in my mind. There are books around that work at this point–to point to some recent examples, Ashton’s How to Fly a Horse, Kauffman’s Investigations, Johnson’s Where Good Ideas … Continue reading

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Penn State’s Protection Racket, 25: Precarious Position on IP

Had enough of Penn State? I sure have, but we are not done. Penn State is not an outlier in its problems with IP policy and otherwise. It’s just more of the same. At Penn State’s Office of Sponsored Programs … Continue reading

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