Universities: milking publicly funded positions for personal profit

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on December 27th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Unique universities: now the only place where senior public officers can live abroad, have few checks on expenses and tax, and benefit personally from public funding of gene patents. The exploitation of tax funds for private personal gains by state sector employees, particularly at universities. UCC as example. The public is funding things like applications for human gene patents …” (more)

[Indymedia Ireland, 21 December]

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Universities sometimes look a lot like trolls

Posted in Legal issues on May 8th, 2014 by steve

“A few weeks ago, administrators at Penn State University did something they believed had never been attempted in American academia: The school put about 70 engineering patents up for auction and tried to sell them to the highest bidder …” (more)

[Daniel Engber, Slate, 7 May]

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A Snapshot of Technology Transfer Efficiency of Irish HEIs

Posted in Legal issues, Research on April 18th, 2014 by steve

“To build up the technology transfer system in the country, Enterprise Ireland in 2006 commenced a five year programme called the Technology Transfer Strengthening Initiative. According to a 2012 HEA report, up to €30m had been invested into the programme during 2007 and 2012 …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 17 April]

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Patenting Their Discoveries Does Not Pay Off for Most Universities, a Study Says

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2013 by steve

“Universities try to cash in on discoveries — gene splicing, brain chemistry, computer-chip design — but the great majority of them fail to turn their research into a source of income, according to a new study from the Brookings Institution …” (more)

[HT: Brendan Guilfoyle]
[Richard Pérez-Peña, New York Times, 20 November]

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Universities are research power houses but fail to reap rewards

Posted in Research on October 4th, 2013 by steve

“In the pharmaceutical industry there is a place known as the Valley of Death. It is the place between research and innovation where many drugs enter but fail to emerge from the other side …” (more)

[John Hudson, The Conversation, 4 October]

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Universities struggle to make patents pay

Posted in Legal issues on September 25th, 2013 by steve

“United States patent number 7,023,435 almost didn’t happen. The application, which covered a way of imaging a surface, was rejected four times by the US Patent and Trademark Office. But the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Pasadena, which filed the patent, fought back — and prevailed in 2005 …” (more)

[Heidi Ledford, Nature, 24 September]

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Limerick inventors warned not to disclose their ideas

Posted in Legal issues, Research on August 5th, 2013 by steve

“The director of a research centre at Limerick Institute of Technology has hailed a growing reputation of invention in Limerick …” (more)

[Joe Taylor, Limerick.com, 4 August]

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Scientists challenge patent ban for embryonic stem cell research

Posted in Legal issues, Research on June 14th, 2013 by steve

“Scientists and lawyers in Britain are challenging a European ban on the patenting of embryonic stem cells which they believe is blocking the development of new treatments for a range of illnesses including diabetes, heart disease and Parkinson’s …” (more)

[Steve Connor, Independent, 13 June]

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Leading scientist attacks university over ‘outrageous’ IVF treatment patent

Posted in Legal issues, Research on May 26th, 2013 by steve

“Decision to approve patent for embryo cell data could make IVF fertility treatments prohibitively expensive, says expert. A fresh international row has erupted over granting US patents to processes which many scientists believe are basic aspects of human physiology …” (more)

[Robin McKie, The Observer, 25 May]

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DCU reveals new fast track patents for entrepreneurs – plans to take 1% of royalties

Posted in Research on April 26th, 2013 by steve

“To coincide with World Intellectual Property Day Dublin City University (DCU) is embarking on a fast-track DCU Licence Express Scheme to make selected patent innovations available to industry and entrepreneurs …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 26 April]

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Is it Time to Codify Principles for Ownership of Academic Employee Inventions? The Disconnect between Policy and the Law

Posted in Legal issues on March 2nd, 2013 by steve

AustraliaAbstract: The principal aim of this article is to establish a preliminary case that supports a review of the current law on ownership of employee inventions in Australia commencing with academic employee inventions. The inevitable (and obvious) conclusion following the decision of the full Federal Court in University of Western Australia v Gray (2009) 179 FCR 346 is that universities must strengthen their contractual position in relation to rights in future inventions that they seek ownership of if they are to manage inventions in the manner expected by granting bodies and the government. However, this is not as simple as it may appear. Cases such as Gray and Victoria University of Technology v Wilson (2004) 60 IPR 392 demonstrate the complex and diverse administrative and regulatory environments within universities, and of the conduct of academic research within them and how these will inevitably involve the risk that an express claim to future inventions may be unenforceable …” (more)

[Ann Monotti, SSRN, 1 March]


€300m for 7 ‘world class’ research centres to boost failed policy

Posted in Research on February 25th, 2013 by steve

“The Government today announced the investment of €300m in what it termed 7 ‘world class’ research centres to boost what we view as a failed policy. What George Orwell described as ‘euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness’ can be found in the common use of the term ‘world-class’ in Ireland …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 25 February]

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Impact of the patent cliff on Irish exports – geographical differentiation

Posted in Research on January 25th, 2013 by steve

“The issue of the patent cliff is now clearly on the radar of government departments, state agencies, economic forecasters and academia but, as far as I can see, nobody has a firm idea as to its potential impact …” (more)

[Chris Van Egeraat, Irish Business Blog, 25 January]


Ireland’s faith-based goal to create world-class knowledge economy by 2013 – Success or failure?

Posted in Research on October 15th, 2012 by steve

Abstract: Science spending has boosted some Irish science competence statistics but enterprise statistics suggest that the official Irish goal to become a world class knowledge economy by 2013, is a failure …” (more)

[Michael Hennigan, Finfacts, 15 October]

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Supreme Court Ruling Throws Doubt Over Countless Life-Sciences Patents

Posted in Legal issues on March 21st, 2012 by steve

“… Patent claims that merely describe natural phenomena are not patent-eligible, the court said, and the diagnostic procedure outlined in the patents at stake in the case ‘adds nothing to the laws of nature that is not already present when the steps are considered separately’ …” (more)

[Goldie Blumenstyke, Chronicle of Higher Education, 21 March]

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Ireland’s Biotech Sector Facing Great Challenges

Posted in Research on March 18th, 2012 by steve

“While the future looks bright for Ireland’s IT sector, there are some clouds on the horizon for biotechnology. With a number of drug patents due to expire over the next few years, government and business leaders are bracing for what could translate into huge losses for Irish exports …” (more)

[John Farrell, Forbes, 17 March]

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US tops list of international patent-filing universities

Posted in Legal issues on March 11th, 2012 by steve

“US universities remain the most prolific international patent filers among higher education institutions worldwide, accounting for 30 of the top 50 institutions. The US is followed by Japan and South Korea with seven institutions each, the UN World Intellectual Property Organisation, WIPO, reported on Monday …” (more)

[Wagdy Sawahel, University World News, 11 March]


European ban on stem-cell patents has a silver lining

Posted in Legal issues on October 24th, 2011 by steve

“To hear European stem-cell researchers talk last week, you might have thought that their world was ending. After the European Court of Justice ruled on 18 October that procedures involving human embryonic stem (ES) cells cannot be patented, many responded with shock and dismay …” (more)

[Ewen Callaway, Nature News, 24 October]

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Ruling to reduce funds for stem cell research

Posted in Research on October 19th, 2011 by steve

“A ruling from the European Court of Justice restricting the patenting of a stem cell research technique will reduce the money coming into European countries, including Ireland, for stem cell research, according to a leading Irish researcher …” (more)

[Carol Coulter, Irish Times, 19 October]

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European court bans patents based on embryonic stem cells

Posted in Legal issues on October 18th, 2011 by steve

“Procedures that involve human embryonic stem cells cannot be patented, the European Court of Justice declared today …” (more)

[Ewen Callaway, Nature News, 18 October]

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