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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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WARF, Vitamin D, and the Public Interest, 1

In the 1940s, WARF was basking in the income from licensing its flagship patents–on a way to irradiate food products to produce in them vitamin D. (For an interesting account with lots of details, see Rima D. Apple (a University … Continue reading

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The devils in the details: Bayh-Dole supports academic freedom, 2

Part 1 of this article is here. By requiring the contractor to require “technical” employees to make a written agreement, (f)(2) does some fundamental things within the framework of definitions set up by Bayh-Dole. Watch the devils tumble out in … Continue reading

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The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, Table of Links

In May 2017 I wrote a series of articles that traced the development of the University of Wisconsin’s patent policy, how the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation shaped federal policy to disenfranchise faculty inventors in favor of its own money-making ventures … 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, 11

The article starts way back at 1: The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, 1 Capitalism and commons The dichotomy between capitalism and commons is even evident in the history of WARF. Here’s a footnote from Cronon and Jenkins on … Continue reading

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The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, 10

This series starts here: The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, 1 Medicinal chemistry drives the whole of federal patent policy The IPA program, revived in 1968 by the NIH following the Harbridge House report, which singled out medicinal chemistry … 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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The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, 8

The start of this article is here: The IPA and Wisconsin’s 1969 Patent Policy, 1 More WARF Antitrust: 5-FU WARF encountered┬ámultiple antitrust problems. Consider this account from Cronon and Jenkins: This is pre-Bayh-Dole, of course, but also pre-revived IPA, and … 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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