Category Archives: Metrics

On Technology Transfer Metrics, 3: Money

Universities don’t track their transfers, the federal government does not track university transfers, and professional organizations and nonprofits do not track university transfers. Law firms don’t track university transfers. Venture capital firms don’t track university transfers. Pretty much anyone who … Continue reading

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On Technology Transfer Metrics, 2: Management

There are uses for metrics in business. One is to make management decisions. There’s a repeated bit of nonsense–you can’t manage what you don’t measure. There’s a veneer in truth in that, along the lines of “if you measure it, … Continue reading

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On Technology Transfer Metrics, 1: Issues

Let’s follow up on the fact that there’s no publicly available–free–data source to track university to industry technology transfer. There’s no non-free data source to track such transfer, either. You would think there would be. To get at metrics, let’s … 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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Nine Points to Consider (with regard to AUTM’s licensing survey), 8-9

We are considering nine points with regard to AUTM’s annual licensing survey. We have got through seven points–not validated and with estimates, duplicate reporting, conflating technology and invention, activity measures giving the illusion of a process at work, no reporting … 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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UW Continues to Ride Fake Startup Metrics

From 2008 to 2015, the University of Washington faked its startup metrics and won itself awards and reputation for its entrepreneurial and innovative chops. (See articles discussing UW fakery here and here and here.) Senior UW administrators concocted a story … 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, 2

We are working through advice offered to NIST by various higher education associations on how to improve federal technology transfer by funding without oversight the “technology transfer” programs of non-federal institutions. If the gist is all you  need, then don’t … Continue reading

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AAU, APLU, and others aim to “bolster” federal technology transfer, 1

AAU has tweeted out its happiness with advice it and other “higher education associations” (APLU, AAMC, COGR, and ACE) have given in response to NIST’s call for public comment on ways to improve federal “technology transfer.” AAU tweets that “Bayh-Dole … Continue reading

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