Category Archives: Technology Transfer

University inventions that aren’t exactly worthless-4

If we work through these issues, it is apparent that it is a very special case where an invention cannot be used unless it is first productized, and that such productization will not be undertaken by the federal government, or … Continue reading

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University inventions that aren’t exactly worthless-2

Companies, it turns out, are pretty good at evaluating inventions that are “worth” something to them. Companies with large research enterprises appear to be less good than others, however. The story at Xerox PARC was that inventors hoped that their … Continue reading

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University inventions that aren’t exactly worthless-1

Let’s work the logic of university administrators thinking, ahem, about innovation. We have to do this sort of thing because it appears few university administrators bother with logic. Logic certainly is easily distracted by fallacies and is perhaps then overrated. … Continue reading

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Fantasy depictions of technology transfer

People play innovation policy with stick drawings. Inventions are depicted as proto-products rather than as broad swaths of potential. Patents “protect” inventions from competing use that would discourage private purchase and speculation. A patent is depicted as merely excluding competing … Continue reading

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Pensé and Perspectivability-2

I have been writing about my sense of perspective–something not possible in an infinite university, according to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Though I have worked at and for universities in technology transfer for a couple of decades, I … Continue reading

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Pensé and Perspectivability-1

Some of you may have noticed that over the years I have grown more critical of the Bayh-Dole Act and especially of the people who prop it up with various forms of bluffery. The law is based on failed policy … Continue reading

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Ten Year Note

Ten years ago, on September 4, 2008, I started the Research Enterprise blog. My idea was to use the blog to document what I had learned about university-based technology transfer over 15 years of licensing practice, and to describe ways … Continue reading

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Exceptional Circumstances in Bayh-Dole, 7

The 2013 version of the PHS Technology Transfer Manual 607.1 on exceptional circumstances lists a set of questions that ought to be considered by those in an NIH institute or center (IC) in preparing a determination of exceptional circumstances. These … Continue reading

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Exceptional Circumstances in Bayh-Dole, 4

In more plain language, even with regard to outcomes, Bayh-Dole is crappy public policy. At best, Bayh-Dole has enabled a betting parlor managed by nonprofits for the future value of patent rights, especially those patents directed at controlling the “market” … Continue reading

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Exceptional Circumstances in Bayh-Dole, 3

“Exceptional” circumstances are not stated by Bayh-Dole to be rare or unusual ones–they could be common. Exceptional circumstances are those circumstances in which Bayh-Dole’s arbitrary default at 35 USC 202(a) is not the best thing for promoting the policy and … Continue reading

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