Subsidizing 'Patent Roulette'

Brian J. Love

Santa Clara University School of Law

March 5, 2012

Op-Ed, Indianapolis Star, March 5, 2012, at A13
Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 2019190

A recent report in Purdue University’s daily newspaper reveals that the school is losing money from a seemingly unlikely source: its patent portfolio. The Midwestern research juggernaut, ranked among the top-twenty graduate programs in engineering, computer science, chemistry, and agriculture, can’t seem to make a buck licensing the hundreds of patents it receives annually on faculty and student innovations.

Each year U.S. universities like Purdue apply for thousands of patents, spending up to fifty thousand dollars in legal fees per application, even though the technologies disclosed in a minuscule percentage will become products, let alone profitable ones.

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Keywords: university technology transfer, university TTLO, university TTO, university patent, Purdue, Stanford, WARF, Myriad

JEL Classification: O34, K00

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Date posted: March 11, 2012 ; Last revised: January 2, 2015

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Love, Brian J., Subsidizing 'Patent Roulette' (March 5, 2012). Op-Ed, Indianapolis Star, March 5, 2012, at A13; Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 2019190. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2019190

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Santa Clara University School of Law ( email )
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Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States
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