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Why Bayh-Dole . . . should go down

Here’s an even shorter response to Brian O’Shaughnessy’s inventor-loathing, Bayh-Dole-misrepresenting puff piece, “Why Bayh-Dole?” If individual rights are so important, then why do universities take institutional control of inventions? Locke and Madison argue for individual ownership. Universities use Bayh-Dole to strip … Continue reading

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An Overview of Research Enterprise

I have been writing for Research Enterprise now for a little over eight years. In that time, I have posted 850 articles on technology transfer, intellectual property, and research policy. Here is a map of the main lines of development … Continue reading

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What’s uniform and what should never be, Part 2

In 1963, President Kennedy created a government-wide federal policy to address when and how federal agencies might consider allowing patent rights to remain with a contractor–any contractor, not just universities, and under any contract–not just procurement but also grants-in-aid or subventions. From … Continue reading

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Would an Apple and Broadcom v Caltech case deliver a second pounding to faux Bayh-Dole?

In Bayh-Dole, the public covenant that runs with patent rights in subject inventions is not as well developed as it was in the Institutional Patent Agreements. It is still there, but it has been broken up into pieces to make … Continue reading

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It’s Thanksgiving Day, and here I am up at 6am, taking care of the dog. She’s an early riser, so I am too. I’ve got a fire in the fireplace, and the espresso is brewing. I have been busy, so … Continue reading

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The Kind of Stuff I Do

While working on a book chapter on Bayh-Dole and university IP practice, I thought that it might be helpful to put together in one place a description of the sorts of projects I have worked on and continue enjoy being … Continue reading

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As we in the US celebrate another Thanksgiving holiday, it is also time to thank all the tech transfer folks for their hard work in the service of innovation for a better society.  We may not always agree on methods … Continue reading

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Code 10-9

It’s been four years, now, that I’ve been writing for Research Enterprise.  Over 450 comments, essays, technical discussions, and parody Star Trek scripts later, it’s time to take a look at where things stand.  Over this period, Research Enterprise has … Continue reading

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Just a word of thanks to those of you visiting the site.  I hope you find the perspective here helpful in developing ideas about university research enterprise. For those of you dropping me notes by email, I appreciate the feedback, … Continue reading

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Feeling Festive and Innovation Optimistic

The year is winding down and it’s holiday time.   Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and festive solstice! Folks will have different perspectives on research enterprise and innovation, and its worth having some frank and firm arguing about it, but the whole … Continue reading

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