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On advocative fakery of Bayh-Dole

Advocates of Bayh-Dole tell a fake history. They say that before Bayh-Dole, the federal government owned all inventions made with federal support. They say that Bayh-Dole gave universities the right to take ownership of inventions made with federal support. They … Continue reading

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A clever misrepresentation at the origin of Bayh-Dole

Let’s see if we can isolate the origin of the Bayh-Dole Act. In about four minutes, you will read the following again: The roots, then, of Bayh-Dole are to be found in a mischaracterization of the Harbridge House report of … Continue reading

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WARF, Vitamin D, and the Public Interest, 2

We have worked through a 1945 appeals court reasoning about the University of Wisconsin’s president’s refusal to allow the licensing of an invention beneficial to public health for use in food products that might compete with State of Wisconsin dairy … Continue reading

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WARF, Vitamin D, and the Public Interest, 1

In the 1940s, WARF was basking in the income from licensing its flagship patents–on a way to irradiate food products to produce in them vitamin D. (For an interesting account with lots of details, see Rima D. Apple (a University … Continue reading

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The monopoly meme, 1

There’s a meme that has floated around patent management discussions for decades. It goes something like this: “What is available to all will be used by none.” Here’s an instance from the National Patent Planning Commission report (c. 1945): It … Continue reading

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