Category Archives: Technology Transfer

Opportunism

A Quora answer links to a Youtube video about the Battle of Alesia, which took place in 52 BC between the Romans and Gauls. The video examines Julius Caeser’s strategy in defeating a larger army with a better position in … Continue reading

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A sense of proportion–5

One can see, then, where Bayh-Dole comes into play in this meaningless mess. Bayh-Dole was drafted by the same folks who created the IPA system. The IPA system was shut down in 1978 as ineffective and contrary to public policy. … Continue reading

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A sense of proportion–4

To lay it out in bullet points, the now dominant university patent-based approach to research inventions defaulting to exclusive licenses: fragments invention platforms with no way to restore them attracts speculative investors while pushing away companies raises barriers to early … Continue reading

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A sense of proportion–3

Prior to federal funding becoming the dominant source of university research funding, most universities operated their invention policies with a review committee that made recommendations to the university president with regard to particular inventions. The volume of invention reporting was … Continue reading

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Invention is not a thing, 12: Licensing practices that recognize inventions aren’t things

We have spent a great deal of time working through federal policy on research inventions to show how the idea that an invention is not a thing plays out–less well than one would like. Despite ambiguities, it would appear that … Continue reading

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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. According to the stick drawings, patents “protect” inventions from competing uses that would simultaneously discourage private investment in “developing” the inventions … 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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