Subsidizing 'Patent Roulette'

Brian J. Love

Santa Clara University School of Law

March 5, 2012

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

This essay criticizes university efforts to patent and monetize the fruits of university research. The piece explains that university tech transfer resembles a government-subsidized game of roulette, in which the vast majority of players lose money but continue to play in hopes of hitting an extremely rare jackpot. The result is a system that often hinders, rather than spurs, innovation and the dissemination of new technologies and, thus, raises serious ethical concerns.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 2

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

JEL Classification: I23, K00, L3, O34

Open PDF in Browser Download This Paper

Date posted: March 11, 2012 ; Last revised: June 5, 2015

Suggested Citation

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

Contact Information

Brian J. Love (Contact Author)
Santa Clara University School of Law ( email )
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States
Feedback to SSRN

Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 1,969
Downloads: 152
Download Rank: 144,431
Paper comments
No comments have been made on this paper

© 2016 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollobot1 in 0.203 seconds