Category Archives: Technology Transfer

UW startups for FY2013 four years later, 2

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 to Crunchbase, it has received $50K in … Continue reading

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Vice presidents for research beg for Directive 10-289.

Here’s a bit from the APLU/AAU fakographic on university technology transfer: And here’s a bit from “‘Miracle machine of U.S. innovation is in danger,” a new op/ed by Kelvin Droegemeier and Daniel Reed. Droegemeier is the vice president for research at … Continue reading

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The banal myth of the necessary institutional monopoly

Louis Rosenfeld wrote an insightful article in Clinical Chemistry on the discovery of insulin “Insulin: Discovery and Controversy.” Three collaborators in the research had a disagreement over inventive contributions to various portions of the work and to settle their disputes gave … Continue reading

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Bayh-Dole nonsense in a talk at the University of Pittsburgh

Last year (March 2016), Joe Allen gave a talk at the University of Pittsburgh, “Patent Ownership Under Bayh-Dole, reported in the University Times. Called “a key architect of the Bayh-Dole Act,” Allen manages to fill a talk summary with mostly … Continue reading

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The Special Special Case

Of all the university research findings possible, inventions–because of patents–attract the attention. Everything else about research–data, findings, experimental setups, reports, how to do things–is pretty much ignored. No one spent time worrying about whether data or findings would be “made … Continue reading

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There are no Bayh-Doles in Canada

In a recent hearing held by the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology, Michael Geist, a law professor at the University of Ottawa, made some valuable remarks, which he has published at his blog. Geist … Continue reading

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The Bush Engine of Technology Innovation

Vannevar Bush argued that it was a proper role for the federal government to support scientific research. This proposition today is regarded as a truth that hardly needs justification. But in Science the Endless Frontier, Bush was not arguing for … Continue reading

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DIY Plus: inventions, claims, and technology transfer

I will start with a mostly unreadable diagram: This is the rhetorical anatomy of the relationship between an invention and a patent, or a “claimed invention.” It is important to see the difference because people tend to talk about inventions … Continue reading

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Seven Pillars of Bayh-Dole, the Law that Loots the Commons

I’ve spent more than a few months now focused on Bayh-Dole and its history. It’s worth taking a moment and summarizing some findings. Perhaps this could be the start of a new guide to the Bayh-Dole Act, told from the … Continue reading

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Circumventing Bayh-Dole, Bonus Fitt

[updated to expand on the limits on government-side licensing once the (e) exploit is in operation–5/19/17] There is one more circumvention in Bayh-Dole that can be used to by-pass much of the onerous apparatus of the law. This circumvention involves … Continue reading

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