Intellectual Property

Patent Reform Bill – Short on Reform?

Somewhere in the middle of the vastly differing opinions about the recent patent reform bill — officially passed in September 2011 as the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act — lies the reality of what the bill does and does not address, and what it will actually mean for U.S. businesses and the economy. While the bill represents the most significant reform of the Patent Act since 1952 and brings major changes to key aspects of the patenting process, it remains unclear what the actual short- and long-term impacts will be.

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Five Events That Will Shape University Technology Transfer

If I had to characterize the year 2011 in the world of university technology transfer, I would describe it as a year of "wait and see." Of course several notable events happened -- for example, patent reform and a Supreme Court case that clarified limitations on university patent ownership. But my sense was that this year’s big events will make their true impact felt over the longer term.

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Set University Innovation Free

So what’s the problem? The problem is that innovative university research is not set free. Currently, university technology commercialization strategies rest on the assumption that university research is most commercially appealing when managed as potentially lucrative, university-owned intellectual property. The current approach to commercializing university inventions is due for an overhaul.

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Our Misguided Focus on Patents

Is it patented? Can we patent that? We need a @#!$%& patent and we need it now! You hear that a lot these days. Everyone wants to be part of the new economy, the thinking economy, and patents are the key, right? No. Patents are the results of something – good, old-fashioned innovation.

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