Category Archives: Technology Transfer

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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The bozonet on mount stupid

I mentioned “mount stupid” last week in a three-part article on the University of Utah. Mount stupid is a bit of a meme derived from accounts of the Dunning-Kruger effect, which I have referred to in developing an account of … Continue reading

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Whistling all the way to the bank, revisited 3

Having established the contracting problem for government-sponsored “basic research,” let’s get into how the patent administration folks got into changing things around from government ownership to institutional ownership, when the institutions didn’t have policies and practices that swept up inventions … Continue reading

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Available to one, developed by none, 1

A repeated argument regarding inventions made with federal support was that the public would benefit from these inventions only if companies invested substantial amounts of private capital in developing the inventions as commercial products. Without commercial development at private expense, … Continue reading

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More Contempt of the Supreme Court at the NIH

Here is more misrepresentation of Bayh-Dole from the NIH, the creator of Bayh-Dole, purporting to be advice for inventors: Under the Bayh-Dole Act, your institution as the grant recipient owns rights to the NIH-funded invention and has the right and obligation … Continue reading

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Lower drug development costs than industry reports–shock!

At the SciScip discussion group notice has been given to an article published in September 2017 in JAMA that has determined the median cost to develop a new cancer drug at $648m, much lower than the pharmaceutical industry reports for … Continue reading

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The Key Provisions of Bayh-Dole

Now, with all that fusstation from the University of Pittsburgh out of the way, we might ask then what are the “key provisions” of Bayh-Dole that a university should make faculty and the public aware of. Only One Key Provision … Continue reading

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The University of Pittsburgh’s Fake News Summary of Bayh-Dole, 4

We are working through the University of Pittsburgh summary of the Bayh-Dole Act, and I at least am getting increasingly grouchy as I do. How can someone writing for university faculty “innovators” get things so wrong in some many places? … Continue reading

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