Category Archives: Technology Transfer

The University of Pittsburgh’s Fake News Summary of Bayh-Dole, 3

We are working through the fake history published by the University of Pittsburgh regarding the Bayh-Dole Act and its “key provisions.” “Fake” is too light a word for it, but it’s trendy and so people get the general idea. Really, … Continue reading

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The University of Pittsburgh’s Fake News Summary of Bayh-Dole, 2

We are working through the University of Pittsburgh’s account of the Bayh-Dole Act since AUTM has called it out as worth reading. We need to pause and consider some real history to work out of our imaginations the fake history … Continue reading

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The University of Pittsburgh’s Fake News Summary of Bayh-Dole, 1

AUTM a few weeks ago pointed favorably to a description of the Bayh-Dole Act posted by the University of Pittsburgh. Let’s have a look, then. The post is titled “What It Means for Technology Commercialization.” While “It” is ominous in … Continue reading

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Getting off your UFRDA

In 1981, Senator Harrison Schmidt introduced a bill to replace Bayh-Dole with a more general law regarding inventions made with federal support, the “Uniform Federal Research and Development Act of 1981.” It doesn’t appear that the university patent brokers had … Continue reading

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Discovery and Discovery Management, 2

University administrators, too, have oriented their institutions to take advantage of federal funding. Somehow, federal funding increases (to the administrative mind) a university’s prestige, and that prestige then can support raising tuition or getting more funding from state sources and … Continue reading

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Discovery and Discovery Management, 1

How do we discover? That’s a question that keeps coming up in my mind. There are books around that work at this point–to point to some recent examples, Ashton’s How to Fly a Horse, Kauffman’s Investigations, Johnson’s Where Good Ideas … Continue reading

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Penn State’s Protection Racket, 23: Conflict of Interest

Penn State’s conflict of interest policy, HR91, discusses requirements on “faculty and staff members”: In their dealings with and on behalf of the University, they shall be held to a strict rule of honest and fair dealings between themselves and … Continue reading

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Penn State’s Protection Racket, 22: Agency

For all the talk about conflict of ┬áinterest in Penn State policies, Penn State does have a policy, HR91, that directly addresses conflict of interest. It’s odd that administrators can’t seem to focus their conflict of interest worries there and … Continue reading

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Penn State’s Protection Racket, 19: Conflict of Commitment

Even with this critique we have not got to the bottom of Penn State’s policy treatment of conflict of interest/commitment as a covert IP policy. Conflicts of interest and/or commitment “exist” when someone has “preferential access” to knowledge or university … Continue reading

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Penn State’s Protection Racket, 18: University Interests

Penn State’s policy on entrepreneurial activities opens with this claim: Technology transfer must be effected within the framework of an individual’s obligations to the University. Given what we have learned about Penn State’s policies on academic freedom, we might revise … Continue reading

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