University Software Ownership: Technology Transfer or Business as Usual
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 23 Nov 2007 17:34
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
First, software patents represent an important, and growing, component of university patent holdings. Second, the main determinant of university software patenting is not computer science-related R&D (or even overall R&D) but the university’s overall tendency to seek patents on R&D outputs. The second finding indicates that universities may be using a “one size fits all” technology transfer strategy. The problem with such a strategy is that software is likely to follow a different commercialization path than other types of university-generated invention. One possible consequence is lawsuits in which university patents are being asserted against firms that have commercialized independent of the patent.
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