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Patents in Space-4

Famiya Masood, a columnist for a Pakistani newspaper, argues in a recent article that government-funded research at universities in Pakistan is not “translating into inventions that can be eventually patented.” Masood seems to believe that this is not a good … Continue reading

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Patents in Space-3

We are working through an article by Famiya Masood published March 11, 2020 in The Nation, a Pakistan newspaper. Masood takes up an important issue–how to make Pakistani research supported by the government more productive for things that people are … Continue reading

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Patents in Space-2

Famiya Masood, a columnist for The Nation, an English-language Pakistani newspaper and law student at Northwestern University, has published an article that argues that Pakistan needs more patents from its government-funded research. Well, perhaps. But she gets Bayh-Dole wrong on … Continue reading

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A century of reaping enormous profits at the expense of sickness and misfortune, 2

Mayo’s research publication Discovery’s Edge recently ran an article on “The Power of Patents.” In the article, Mayo Clinic wonders about patent royalties from a famous past invention: When Mayo Clinic colleagues Edward Kendall, Ph.D., and Philip Hench, M.D., along with … Continue reading

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NIST’s “substantially fueled” premise for unleashing innovation

Here is a claim from the opening of a recent NIST report–1234–on “Unleashing American Innovation,” a “draft green paper”: The U.S. innovation system is substantially fueled by the discoveries and inventions arising from federally funded R&D at the Nation’s universities, … Continue reading

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Bayh-Dole Basics, 7: Disclosure comments, 1

This will be longish. For the brief of heart, here’s a synopsis. Invention disclosure is the heart of Bayh-Dole standard patent rights compliance. Disclosure is not reporting that an invention exists. Disclosure means providing, for an invention owned by a … Continue reading

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The AUTM CEOs Speech, Fitt 2

We are working through a speech that the CEO of the Association of University Technology Managers gave at a recent symposium sponsored by NIST with the dubious title “Unleashing American Innovation.” Our CEO has made pompous claims about his organization … Continue reading

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The Basic Policy Question Behind Bayh-Dole

There’s one simple issue: Should the federal government subsidize with public funding for nonprofit research the creation of patent monopolies? There it is. The answer that has dominated for thirty-five years is “Yes.” How comfortable are you with that? Gut-level? … Continue reading

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The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, 9

The beginning: The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, 1 Research deliverables Bayh-Bole, as it turns out, will be a statute that limits the scope of patent property rights in federally supported inventions, but in such an obtuse way that … Continue reading

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Francis Bacon, Vannevar Bush, and Technology Transfer

Peter Harrison and Benoît Godin trace the history and transformation of two of the critical concepts that underlie the present formula for university research: curiosity and innovation. Remarkably, both concepts have much of their early existence as negative things, to be … Continue reading

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