Category Archives: Technology Transfer

Open: The proper (and effective) role for public institutions in invention management

There are many things we could do, but choose not to do. Some of those things, people could make money doing, but we refuse. We could sell body parts, or eat them, or we could make people slaves–good money in … Continue reading

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Bayh-Dole Government License–1: Practice or Have Practiced

NIST published a Green Paper that evidences its confusion with various aspects of Bayh-Dole. One of these areas of confusion involves the government license that Bayh-Dole requires in all federal research contracts, and in particular in the standard patent rights … Continue reading

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Patents in Space-3

We are working through an article by Famiya Masood published March 11, 2020 in The Nation, a Pakistan newspaper. Masood takes up an important issue–how to make Pakistani research supported by the government more productive for things that people are … Continue reading

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Working through an old misrepresentation of Bayh-Dole, 3

I have previously pointed out the University of Rochester’s strange policy statement with regard to commercialization. This is part of Rochester’s new and stinky. A statement currently pops up on the Rochester site that it will be down for a … Continue reading

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Opportunism

A Quora answer links to a Youtube video about the Battle of Alesia, which took place in 52 BC between the Romans and Gauls. The video examines Julius Caeser’s strategy in defeating a larger army with a better position in … Continue reading

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A sense of proportion–5

One can see, then, where Bayh-Dole comes into play in this meaningless mess. Bayh-Dole was drafted by the same folks who created the IPA system. The IPA system was shut down in 1978 as ineffective and contrary to public policy. … Continue reading

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A sense of proportion–4

To lay it out in bullet points, the now dominant university patent-based approach to research inventions defaulting to exclusive licenses: fragments invention platforms with no way to restore them attracts speculative investors while pushing away companies raises barriers to early … Continue reading

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A sense of proportion–3

Prior to federal funding becoming the dominant source of university research funding, most universities operated their invention policies with a review committee that made recommendations to the university president with regard to particular inventions. The volume of invention reporting was … Continue reading

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Invention is not a thing, 12: Licensing practices that recognize inventions aren’t things

We have spent a great deal of time working through federal policy on research inventions to show how the idea that an invention is not a thing plays out–less well than one would like. Despite ambiguities, it would appear that … Continue reading

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University inventions that aren’t exactly worthless-4

If we work through these issues, it is apparent that it is a very special case where an invention cannot be used unless it is first productized, and that such productization will not be undertaken by the federal government, or … Continue reading

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