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Mick Stadler writes a letter in 1976 on “effective transfer mechanisms”–2

We are working through Mick Stadler’s 1976 letter to Research Corporation’s Willard Marcy. Stadler outlines eight functions for a next generation “technology transfer mechanism.” The essentials of Stadler’s view are that the mechanism must distribute technology widely, must be distributed, … Continue reading

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Mick Stadler writes a letter in 1976 on “effective transfer mechanisms”–1

On June 29, 1976 Mick Stadler wrote a letter to Willard Marcy, the Vice President of Research Corporation’s Patent Program. Stadler, at the time was assistant director of the Case Western Reserve technology transfer program. He would go on to … 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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9 things Bayh-Dole does not require universities to do, part 2

We are working through a list of nine things Bayh-Dole does not require universities to do. It’s worth the review because there are all sorts of claims out there–almost never contested–about what Bayh-Dole requires. Most of it is nonsense. And … Continue reading

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Fantasy depictions of technology transfer, 2

The standard accounts of the “technology transfer process” seem so clear and plausible that you may well believe they are generally accurate, even if there might be “technical details” that they gloss over. But these standard accounts are largely, almost … Continue reading

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Fantasy depictions of technology transfer

People play innovation policy with stick drawings. Inventions are depicted as proto-products rather than as broad swaths of potential. According to the stick drawings, patents “protect” inventions from competing uses that would simultaneously discourage private investment in “developing” the inventions … Continue reading

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Pensé and Perspectivability-2

I have been writing about my sense of perspective–something not possible in an infinite university, according to the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Though I have worked at and for universities in technology transfer for a couple of decades, I … Continue reading

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Nine Points to Consider (with regard to AUTM’s licensing survey), 1-7

The Association of University Technology Managers, a front group for university licensing professionals, conducts an annual survey of the universities that its members work for. The survey asks for various metrics regarding inventions, patenting, licensing, startups, and revenue. The survey … Continue reading

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Two Published Accounts of University Licensing: WARF and Stanford

Universities generally keep secret their licensing metrics. Yes, they report the number of inventions, patents, licenses, and startups in a given year–but they don’t report how those numbers relate to one another. The inventions reported in a given year have … Continue reading

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AAU, APLU, and others aim to “bolster” federal technology transfer, 6

We are working through the advice that AAU, APLU, and other “higher education associations” have provided to NIST on how to improve federal laboratory technology transfer. Do you expect that these associations thoroughly vetted their draft response with all their … Continue reading

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