Still in Shock

I’m still in shock, having seen AUTM and WARF, among others, out proposing that Bayh-Dole pre-empts the normal vesting of ownership of inventions, and worse and worse arguing that doing so somehow supports academic freedom and therefore is noble. The implication is that university faculty are too damn stupid to be able to manage inventions made in their own research on their own, and for their own good, and for the public’s benefit. Organizations and universities appeal for a screwball interpretation of a federal law to make everything “better.” Despite faculty managing all other significant decisions relating to their research, apparently they are not able to do so with regard to inventions when those inventions are patentable. Tell me it’s all a dream.

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