Category Archives: Technology Transfer

Reflections on Shill Reflections on Bayh-Dole, 1: Intent and utilization

Rebecca Tapscott has posted an article at IP Watchdog, “Industry Leaders Reflect on Bayh-Dole at 40.” There are lots of problems with this article–and with the “leaders’” “reflections” when it comes to Bayh-Dole. But hey, folks are entitled to mis-remember … Continue reading

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University Patent Policy for Effective Technology Transfer, 2: Non-exclusive, voluntary, negotiated practice for effective technology transfer

We will get into the operational details of non-exclusive, voluntary, negotiated university IP management for effective technology transfer. Short answer–everything is navigable and has already been done, even if folks have forgotten how to do it. We can look at … Continue reading

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University Patent Policy for Effective Technology Transfer, 1: Outline

Universities have never had patent policies centered on technology transfer. Not back when, not now. It should come as no surprise that universities don’t track technology transfer and don’t report their outcomes. What would a university technology transfer IP policy … Continue reading

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On Technology Transfer Metrics, 5: Metrics relative to mission

Who it is that most wants technology change. Or, more particularly, who is it that we ought to want to make technology change? My bet is that the top of that list is not occupied by patent bureaucrats. It’s not, … Continue reading

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On Technology Transfer Metrics, 4: Technology transfer and technology change

We have been talking university technology transfer metrics. First, that there aren’t any metrics. No one bothers to collect them or report them. Instead we get proxies of activity–number of patents, number of licenses. Once one has patents, then one … Continue reading

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On Technology Transfer Metrics, 3: Money

Universities don’t track their transfers, the federal government does not track university transfers, and professional organizations and nonprofits do not track university transfers. Law firms don’t track university transfers. Venture capital firms don’t track university transfers. Pretty much anyone who … Continue reading

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On Technology Transfer Metrics, 2: Management

There are uses for metrics in business. One is to make management decisions. There’s a repeated bit of nonsense–you can’t manage what you don’t measure. There’s a veneer in truth in that, along the lines of “if you measure it, … Continue reading

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On Technology Transfer Metrics, 1: Issues

Let’s follow up on the fact that there’s no publicly available–free–data source to track university to industry technology transfer. There’s no non-free data source to track such transfer, either. You would think there would be. To get at metrics, let’s … Continue reading

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Freely available data resources to track US university technology transfer

I answered a Quora question. Here it is. Are there any freely available data resources to track technology transfer activity between universities and commercial businesses in the US? Here’s my answer. No. And that’s quite amazing. Most universities publish an … Continue reading

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Mick Stadler writes a letter in 1976 on “effective transfer mechanisms”–2

We are working through Mick Stadler’s 1976 letter to Research Corporation’s Willard Marcy. Stadler outlines eight functions for a next generation “technology transfer mechanism.” The essentials of Stadler’s view are that the mechanism must distribute technology widely, must be distributed, … Continue reading

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