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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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The National Patent Planning Commission argument for government-created private patent monopolies, 1

I have been working through reports from the mid 1940s on government ownership of patents. There are a number of arguments against government exploitation of patents, but these arguments clearly failed. What arguments won out? Here’s one, from the National … Continue reading

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University Confusion Over Bayh-Dole and Copyright, 1

[This article comments on an article at Emory University’s technology transfer office’s web site. The article has finally been removed, so I have in turn removed some identifying elements. I’m keeping this article up, however, for the discussion of Bayh-Dole … 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 Special Case Keeps Giving

Here is the special case university research invention. I have expanded it to show the logic. A special case invention is one that cannot be used without “development” and the “development” involves substantial effort at private expense and the “development” … 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, 7

The start of this article is here: The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, 1 WARF’s Charter and Antitrust WARF’s charter was designed to prevent the University of Wisconsin from using its money for non-scientific research–social sciences, humanities, and the … 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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