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Patents in Space-1

The Nation, an English-language Pakistani newspaper, published an article on March 11 by Famiya Masood, “Patents in Pakistan” that argues the government must create incentives for university inventors. That much is interesting. But Masood builds her argument using Bayh-Dole as … 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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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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A sense of proportion–2

University administrators have engaged in a thirty-year effort of research invention management that creates patent gridlock for what amounts to a tiny bit of the overall inventive activity in the country. That’s the black border area on this nice blue … Continue reading

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The 100x Model–1 Protection

Bayh-Dole uses “protectable” with respect to inventions 35 USC 201(d). That’s strange. Nothing else in patent law has to do with protecting inventions. What could “protection” have to do with inventions, as a matter of law no less? To get … Continue reading

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Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief Invention Systems

A Dialog Concerning the Two Chief Invention Systems Interlocutors Libero , Proprietario, Kissero Kissero: Look! Here’s something I’ve done in my research! Libero: Whoa! Very interesting! Was it done under our federal contract? K: Yeah, I think so. During work … Continue reading

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28,000 federal patents and the monopoly meme went into a bar, 2

Howard Forman’s 1976 testimony is where the 28,000 patents meme enters what will become the Bayh-Dole rhetoric. Senator Bayh uses Forman’s meme when he introduces S. 414 in 1979: When the Government decides to retain patent rights on these inventions … Continue reading

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28,000 federal patents and the monopoly meme went into a bar, 1

Here’s an important–perhaps the pivotal–instance of the monopoly meme in the history of what will become the Bayh-Dole Act. Synopsis. Howard Forman introduces the meme of 28,000 unused federal patents in his legislative testimony in 1976. Senator Bayh repeats the … Continue reading

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IP Laws for Dragons

On Quora, I was asked to answer this question: Do US intellectual property laws stills serve society or just corporations and countries that are large and rich? Historically, patents have been the domain of countries (and city states) and the … 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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