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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 be … 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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Hmpf Issue Vol. 1

[Revised 9/11/2019 to clean up the option theory]. I have been looking at this paper from 2002: “Academia, Industry, and the Bayh-Dole Act: An Implied Duty to Commercialize.” I’ve seen it before and always shied away from commenting, but with … Continue reading

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