Senate Bill Would Undermine University Tech Inventions
from Entrepreneur (commentary)
From Aug. 2, 2012:
Buried deep in Start-up Act 2.0 is a bad idea that will hinder commercialization of inventions developed at U.S. universities. Called the "free agent" provision, this clause would allow university professors to choose their own technology transfer agents rather than have them use their university's technology transfer office, an approach that has been in place since the passage of the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act. Congress can do better. Rather than undermining an effective system in the vain hope of squeezing more commercial technology out of academic institutions, our elected leaders should focus on a proven solution: Simply provide more research funding to academic scientists and engineers.
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