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The National Patent Planning Commission argument for government-created private patent monopolies, 3

The National Patent Planning Commission quotes administration officials repeating this same argument. Here’s the Under Secretary of Agriculture (1941): The commercial exploitation of new inventions requires, in many cases, the expenditure of large sums of money. In such a case, … Continue reading

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Bayh-Dole the Monster

The Bayh-Dole Act makes a great deal about public interest. Throughout the law are gestures toward worthy objectives–use of inventions, manufacturing in the United States, government licenses, and the right of federal agencies to step if they need to. But … Continue reading

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The Key Provisions of Bayh-Dole

Now, with all that fusstation from the University of Pittsburgh out of the way, we might ask then what are the “key provisions” of Bayh-Dole that a university should make faculty and the public aware of. Only One Key Provision … Continue reading

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The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, 14

The start is here: The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, 1 Three sorts of university invention We can then distinguish three sorts of invention arising in federally funded research at universities: inventive tools, inventive tools that can be sold … Continue reading

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The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, 12

This series starts here: The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, 1 How history informs the present Why spend all this time on a lost university policy from 1969 in response to a canceled IPA program? After all, we have … Continue reading

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The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, 2

This article starts here: The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, 1 In the new 1969 Wisconsin patent policy, we encounter a corporate agent and the passive voice: “it has become necessary for the University to scrutinize with care the … Continue reading

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MoFo’s New Bayh-Dole Fakefographic

Morrison & Foerster, a big law firm (revenue near $1b per year, around 1,000 attorneys), has an infographic out about the Bayh-Dole Act, subtitled “5 Steps to Retain Title.” Here’s a bit of their advice–steps 1 to 3. It looks … Continue reading

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Working through an old op/ed on university ownership of inventions

I was out browsing the web and came across an op/ed from 2011 published in the Baylor University magazine Lariat. The anonymous author was opining about the Stanford v Roche case and the title makes clear the position: “Patents should … Continue reading

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What universities can and can’t do with their patents

We started an investigation into university IP practice with this question: Should university management of patents be any different from any other owner of patents? The answer we found is “yes.” University patents not only should be different–they clearly are … Continue reading

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The University of Michigan’s Mess of a Present Assignment, Part I

In reviewing university IP policies while I consider how a policy can come to transfer, as if by magic, IP from an author or inventor to a university merely by the assertion of university ownership, I came upon the following Form … Continue reading

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