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The Faster Cures FAQ on Bayh-Dole, 2

We are working through the Faster Cures FAQ on Bayh-Dole. 2. What does Bayh-Dole say about the ownership of inventions and technologies? Pursuant to Bayh-Dole, universities and other nonprofit organizations that receive federal funding, may “elect to retain title to … Continue reading

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The Faster Cures FAQ on Bayh-Dole, 1

Faster Cures has at its web site a FAQ on Bayh-Dole. Let’s work through their account of Bayh-Dole and help them where they appear challenged. 1. What is the Bayh-Dole Act? Co-sponsored by Senators Birch Bayh of Indiana and Robert … Continue reading

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University of Connecticut patent practice hash, 2

The definition of subject invention in federal funding agreements is not a matter of university administrator preference. Either an invention meets the definition of subject invention or it doesn’t. The administrator’s job is to gather the documentation that provides the … Continue reading

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The devils in the details: Bayh-Dole supports academic freedom, 2

Part 1 of this article is here. By requiring the contractor to require “technical” employees to make a written agreement, (f)(2) does some fundamental things within the framework of definitions set up by Bayh-Dole. Watch the devils tumble out in … Continue reading

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The devils in the details: Bayh-Dole supports academic freedom, 1

Bayh-Dole supports the academic freedom of faculty inventors. University administrators refuse to comply. Here, we walk through the law, the implementing regulations, the various patent rights clauses to show the result. Fair warning to university administrators reading this piece. I … Continue reading

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Bayh-Dole Basics, 5: invention assignment comments

Here is a basic distinction. Bayh-Dole prohibits nonprofits from assigning subject inventions except to an invention management organization or with the approval of the federal agency–and then only if the assignee accepts the nonprofit patent rights clause. Bayh-Dole says nothing … Continue reading

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Bayh-Dole Basics 5: invention assignment

Assignment of an invention involves conveying all substantial rights in the invention–the exclusive rights to make, to use, and to sell. These substantial rights can be conveyed expressly by transferring title (that is, the right of ownership) or implicitly by … Continue reading

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Bayh-Dole basics, 2: subject invention comments

There are three categories of invention in Bayh-Dole–inventions arising in federally supported research or development, subject inventions, and inventions owned by the federal government. The general scope of Bayh-Dole given in 35 USC 200 is that of “inventions arising in … 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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Bayh-Dole in another simple diagram

Bayh-Dole conflates three distinct forms of federal contracting for research and then moves one form–university-hosted research–into the category of another, procurement from commercial firms. Here’s the diagram:   The effect of Bayh-Dole is depicted by the blue arrows. The box … Continue reading

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