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28,000 federal patents and the monopoly meme went into a bar, 4

In 1980, in introducing S. 414, Senator Dole repeats the 28,000 patents meme: Now, however, it’s 5 percent, not 4 percent, and it’s not inventions licensed but rather inventions used. It’s a wonderful bit of bluffery. There’s nothing in Forman’s … Continue reading

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Nonsense about Bayh-Dole from Bio, 2018 edition–1

Let’s look at a new infographic from Bio about Bayh-Dole. It’s largely the same as the old infographics. The point of the infographic is to create the impression that the Bayh-Dole Act has been wildly successful and that any effort … Continue reading

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Political bluffing as Bayh-Dole policy advice, 2

This, then, is the “policy” of Bayh-Dole that Allen champions–that nonprofits can and should deal in patent monopolies. Some historical bluffing from Allen’s policy advice (his emphasis): At that time the federal government funded about half of the R&D in … Continue reading

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Political bluffing as Bayh-Dole policy advice, 1

In a once-notorious essay (“Is Business Bluffing Ethical“) Albert Carr, a former presidential advisor, argues that business “bluffing” is ethical because business is based on games, and in games bluffing is perfectly acceptable. Same for politics. If everyone expects everyone … Continue reading

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