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The Bayh-Dole Public Bargain, 2

Baked into Bayh-Dole is the policy expectation that a holder of a patent on a subject invention will offer products based on that invention as if there were competition, even if a patent is used to suppress that competition. In … Continue reading

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The Bayh-Dole Public Bargain, 1

Bayh-Dole is directed at federal agencies contracting for research or development with small businesses and nonprofits. The law requires agencies to use a default patent rights clause in every funding agreement unless an agency can justify a different clause. The … Continue reading

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Bayh-Dole, Competition, Reasonable Terms, and March-in (Short Version)

How are competition, reasonable terms, and march-in related in Bayh-Dole? Here is the short version. Bayh-Dole stipulates that a contractor must timely achieve practical application of a subject invention and must reasonably satisfy public health needs in doing so. 35 … Continue reading

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Bayh-Dole is a competition and technology transfer statute

The Bayh-Dole Coalition, a lobbying front for pharma and university patent administrators, claims that Bayh-Dole is a “tech transfer statute” that would be misused if federal agencies used its march-in provisions to address drug pricing. If companies cannot price-gouge, they … Continue reading

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To fix Bayh-Dole on reasonable pricing, why not start by enforcing the law?

I spent some time working through whether Bayh-Dole requires reasonable pricing. The simple answer is “No.” Of course, the simple answer isn’t very helpful, or accurate. Bayh-Dole does not require reasonable pricing by design of those drafting the bill. The … Continue reading

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