Category Archives: Technology Transfer

Exceptional Circumstances in Bayh-Dole, 2

Here’s the slide from Dr. Thomas that starts our descent into darkness. Part of the slide contents is accurate. Part is slipped. Let’s take up the slipped. First, Bayh-Dole does not say the federal government “retains patent rights” when the … Continue reading

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AAU, APLU, and others aim to “bolster” federal technology transfer, 7

Frankly, I am weary of working through the HEAs’ nonsense advice to NIST. I expect you are too. Bullshit is so much more difficult to pin down than carefully reasoned discussion. It’s worth respecting carefully reasoned discussion, even if one … Continue reading

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AAU, APLU, and others aim to “bolster” federal technology transfer, 4

We are dealing with the bombast that AAU and other “higher education associations” put forward as advice to NIST with regard to how the federal government might better manage its own technology transfer. Instead, the HEAs seek to improve their … Continue reading

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AAU, APLU, and others aim to “bolster” federal technology transfer, 2

We are working through advice offered to NIST by various higher education associations on how to improve federal technology transfer by funding without oversight the “technology transfer” programs of non-federal institutions. If the gist is all you  need, then don’t … Continue reading

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Best practices in university invention management, 2

We are working through an article in the ipHandbook that argues for “best practices” in university ownership of inventions.  The article spends little time discussing how faculty are employed in their research work, nor the other requirements of university policy … Continue reading

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Best practices in university invention management, 1

Things get complicated that don’t have to be complicated when it comes to university ownership of inventions. Administrators make things complicated, then argue for lots of money to pay for the talent to navigate those complications, and then more money … Continue reading

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Unleashing American Innovation

NIST convened a symposium in April 2018 titled “Unleashing American Innovation”: On April 19, 2018, thought leaders from across government, industry and academia gathered in Washington, D.C., to discuss how we can work together to address systemic barriers to catalyze the … Continue reading

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The Basic Policy Question Behind Bayh-Dole

There’s one simple issue: Should the federal government subsidize with public funding for nonprofit research the creation of patent monopolies? There it is. The answer that has dominated for thirty-five years is “Yes.” How comfortable are you with that? Gut-level? … Continue reading

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Institutional patent derangement syndrome

The discussion of university ownership of patents on inventions made in faculty-led research invariably adopts the singular. Consider one invention at one university. Now, doesn’t it make sense that university administrators should take over that invention for the good of … Continue reading

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Some reading for technology transfer professionals

Every so often I have asked people what articles ought to be required reading for people in university technology transfer. One great suggestion is David Teece’s “Profiting from technological innovation: Implications for integration, collaboration, licensing and public policy.” Another has … Continue reading

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