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Freely available data resources to track US university technology transfer

I answered a Quora question. Here it is. Are there any freely available data resources to track technology transfer activity between universities and commercial businesses in the US? Here’s my answer. No. And that’s quite amazing. Most universities publish an … Continue reading

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The Dole-Bayh Act: Patentability

We are looking at a draft of a bill proposed by Senator Dole, with Bayh along for the ride. It–and other drafts, such as the Thornton bill (HR 8596), and the Institutional Patent Agreement master, and the Federal Procurement Regulation … Continue reading

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Harbridge House on university exclusive licensing, 2

There’s one more thing raised by the Harbridge House report–the metrics on those patent development firms. Patent applications are filed on approximately 10 to 15 percent of the disclosures submitted and, if present circumstances continue, only one-quarter of these patents … Continue reading

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Federal agency patent enforcement under Bayh-Dole, 1

This may appear to be an outrageous claim, but it isn’t. Bayh-Dole does not authorize federal agencies to enforce patents held by the federal government. That much is not outrageous because there is nothing in Bayh-Dole that authorizes such enforcement. … Continue reading

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Madison on the patent clause–and Young Frankenstein

James Madison, writing in the Federalist (43), discusses the Constitution’s patent clause. The discussion is brief, so here it is, with comments: A power “to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing, for a limited time, to … Continue reading

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Does a university own software written by students?

I just posted to Quora in response to If I study at a university and I create software in my own time, does the university own the licensing to my software? There’s no good general answer, since things vary by … Continue reading

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A WIPO Economist Gets Bayh-Dole Wrong

Here’s an article by Mario Cervantes, an economist at OECD, “Academic Patenting: How universities and public research organizations are using their intellectual property to boost research and spur innovation start-ups.” Cervantes claims that universities “protecting their inventions” somehow increases their … Continue reading

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Working through an old misrepresentation of Bayh-Dole, 3

I have previously pointed out the University of Rochester’s strange policy statement with regard to commercialization. This is part of Rochester’s new and stinky. A statement currently pops up on the Rochester site that it will be down for a … Continue reading

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War and Publification of Medicine Development, 1

In 1944, President Roosevelt asked Vannevar Bush to respond to four questions (or, perhaps it was Vannevar Bush who arranged for President Roosevelt to ask him four questions). These questions formed the foundation for his report Science the Endless Frontier. … Continue reading

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A sense of proportion–4

To lay it out in bullet points, the now dominant university patent-based approach to research inventions defaulting to exclusive licenses: fragments invention platforms with no way to restore them attracts speculative investors while pushing away companies raises barriers to early … Continue reading

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