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Utilization and commercialization in Bayh-Dole

Bayh-Dole’s stated policy and objective is utilization of inventions arising in federally supported research or development–not specifically commercialization: . . . use the patent system to promote the utilization of inventions arising from federally supported research or development . . … Continue reading

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The AUTM CEOs Speech, Fitt 3

We are working through a recent talk by the CEO of the Association of University Technology Managers at a symposium hosted by NIST on “unleashing American innovation.” The AUTM CEO now turns to a deeper neurosis that has almost nothing … Continue reading

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NIST’s Chief Counsel on Bayh-Dole, 2

As further evidence that NIST’s chief counsel does not properly describe Bayh-Dole, consider this point in his first slide of Bayh-Dole “highlights”: This point is accurate only in an obscure technical sense. Bayh-Dole does not preclude a contractor, having obtained … Continue reading

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Mississippi State University misrepresents Bayh-Dole, 2

Mississippi State provides us with this diagram of the “commercialization” process that ends up with a singular “license.” What goofiness–an assertion of order in an activity that is almost always disorderly. According to the diagram, “ideas” get “protected” and then “marketed” … Continue reading

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Seven Pillars of Bayh-Dole, the Law that Loots the Commons

I’ve spent more than a few months now focused on Bayh-Dole and its history. It’s worth taking a moment and summarizing some findings. Perhaps this could be the start of a new guide to the Bayh-Dole Act, told from the … Continue reading

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Bayh-Dole has dropped commercialization rates from 25% to 0.5%: what more can we expect?

University licensing programs appear to have about a 0.5% commercialization rate. That is, of all the assets reported to them which they claim, only 1 in 200 (or less) actually results in a commercial product (without regard to the “success” … Continue reading

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The $100M Rain Dance

A basic premise of university technology transfer is that research conducted at a university produces discoveries and inventions that otherwise would not be made, patents are issued on these discoveries and inventions, and the patent position induces investors and companies to … Continue reading

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Five Questions That Shape Federal Research Invention Ownership Policy

In the industry research laboratories of the early 20th century, the question was, which comes first, basic research leading to new scientific knowledge, followed by development efforts to create commercial products? or development efforts to create commercial products, which, when … Continue reading

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Francis Bacon, Vannevar Bush, and Technology Transfer

Peter Harrison and Benoît Godin trace the history and transformation of two of the critical concepts that underlie the present formula for university research:  curiosity and innovation. Remarkably, both concepts have much of their early existence as negative things, to … Continue reading

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Limitation and Focus

It is easy to confuse focus and limitation. Focus selects valuable things from diversity, mobilizes resources, and aims to achieve a goal. Limitation cuts off consideration of opportunity from diversity and sets up rules to make things simple (or at … Continue reading

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