Once again on universities and patenting

Feb 11 2011 Published by under information policy

Ran across a very thorough review of the literature on this issue:

Larsen, M. T. (2011). The implications of academic enterprise for public science: An overview of the empirical evidence. Research Policy, 40(1), 6-19. doi:10.1016/j.respol.2010.09.013

I previously discussed it here. Note this is not a research blogging post because I have not carefully read the entire article and I'm not giving you the answers, just what she covers.

Bayh-Dole (in the US), drop of state/gov't funding, and increasing pressure to show broader impact have lead to "academic enterprise." Patenting can help universities transition research to practice (to commercial development) more efficiently, but many university IP disclosures are based more on embryonic ideas that require lots more development.

She addresses these standard questions:

  • does university patenting lead to more applied and less basic science?
  • does university patenting lead to more secrecy?
  • does university patenting lead to any changes in productivity?
  • does university patenting lead to fewer publications or any other impacts to publications?
  • do commercial partnerships alter the research topic choices in universities?

4 responses so far

  • physioprof says:

    Without reading the article, I would bet that the answer to all of those questions is "yes".

  • saban_lab says:

    Def not cut and dry. For example corporate sponsor fund may bring in more applied research but moneys brought to a lab thru this can b used to seed other projects. Less pubs? Not necessarily bc publication is just held until a patent or provisional is submitted.

    Like anything, hav to take the good w the bad

  • Have I asked you before about cross-posting these summaries to AcaWiki? This would be a particularly good one to share there! Even if you don't think it's up to your research blogging standards. The advantage of a wiki is that others can edit at their convenience...