Category Archives: Technology Transfer

Penn State’s Protection Racket, 16: Entrepreneurial Activity

We worked through Penn State IP policies past (1940, 1991) and current, looked as well at the weirdness that is the IP Agreement (from 1992 and current), and discovered that for all that apparatus–poorly conceived and drafted–the only formal requirements … Continue reading

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Bayh-Dole Bombast in Penn State’s 2001 Report on Technology Transfer

In 2001, Eva Pell, Penn State’s Vice President for Research prepared a report for the Trustees on “technology transfer.” In the discussion about why universities should be involved in technology transfer, Pell includes the following account of Bayh-Dole: Until 1980, … Continue reading

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“Protecting” university inventions

I answered a question on Quora a bit ago: How can I protect my invention after applying for a patent? In the context of the question, my answer has to do with what an individual might do to “protect” an invention. … Continue reading

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The Special Case Keeps Giving

Here is the special case university research invention. I have expanded it to show the logic. A special case invention is one that cannot be used without “development” and the “development” involves substantial effort at private expense and the “development” … Continue reading

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AAU Fools with Words, 3

We are working through the AAU fantasy about invention commercialization. In AAU usage,  to “develop” an invention may mean to “suppress” the invention but also may include to design around an invention–as in, invent what is actually needed to create … Continue reading

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AAU Fools with Words, 2

Let’s look then at the AAU statement produced by the task force charged with–if we read the preamble correctly–finding better words to declare that university technology transfer operations are to advance the public interest. AAU starts with fake history: Before … Continue reading

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AAU Fools with Words, 1

Recently the Association of American Universities published a fakographic about Bayh-Dole. From the AAU perspective, of course, it was all true stuff, because, well, they believe whatever they are doing is right, so whatever they say about something that’s right … Continue reading

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The Poetry of Aspirational IP Systems

In 2015, Ann Hammersla, once a senior university licensing officer and now working for the NIH, gave a talk at an NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration–“Inventions, Data Sharing, Reports to NIH, and other Intellectual Property Considerations.” … Continue reading

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Key Concepts 1: Dual Monopoly

Dual Monopoly A dual monopoly approach to innovation management involves both a comprehensive institutional demand for ownership of inventive work and an institutional determination to convey monopolies in that work for private exploitation. The first monopoly is an institutional one. … Continue reading

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UW startups for FY2013 four years later, 2

Part 1 of this article is here. Now let’s look at ID Genomics, the one company that was actually correctly reported by UW as a FY2013 startup. As of June 2017, IDGenomics is still in operation, reporting 10 employees. According … Continue reading

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