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Some reading for technology transfer professionals

Every so often I have asked people what articles ought to be required reading for people in university technology transfer. One great suggestion is David Teece’s “Profiting from technological innovation: Implications for integration, collaboration, licensing and public policy.” Another has … Continue reading

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The bozonet on mount stupid

I mentioned “mount stupid” last week in a three-part article on the University of Utah. Mount stupid is a bit of a meme derived from accounts of the Dunning-Kruger effect, which I have referred to in developing an account of … 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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PhRMA loves Bayh-Dole but won’t out and say why

PhRMA, a pharmaceutical industry lobbying group, has published a white paper championing Bayh-Dole. What they are after is to prevent the Bayh-Dole march-in provisions from ever operating. To do this, they make a variety of assertions about Bayh-Dole that can’t … Continue reading

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Banging Our Hearts Against the Wall

Now that an arguably effective national infrastructure for dealing with inventions made by university faculty has been systematically dismantled over three decades in favor of institutionally self-serving patent administration, it is difficult to see a road back to pre-Bayh-Dole management. … Continue reading

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Competing Primitive Narratives of Technology Transfer

I have noticed recently how merely having a reasonable account for something doesn’t mean that one has got the one and only reasonable account. Todorov, that critical theorist that folks in tech transfer have never heard of, says that there’s … Continue reading

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The Plutonomy

Chris Newfield, writing in his occasional blog on the woes of the middle class, discusses innovation in a list of the “core concepts of the current system” in the US (where Right/Radical is somewhat equivalent to “Republican” and Conservative means … 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 … Continue reading

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