Public Science and Public Innovation: Assessing the Relationship between Patenting at U.S. National Laboratories and the Bayh-Dole Act

19 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2011

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Albert Link

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro - Department of Economics

Donald S. Siegel

Arizona State University

David D. Van Fleet

Arizona State University

Date Written: December 30, 2010

Abstract

Most studies of the effects of the Bayh-Dole Act have focused on universities. In contrast, we analyze patenting activity at two prominent national laboratories, Sandia National Laboratories and the National Institute of Standards and Technology before and after the enactment of this legislation and the Stevenson-Wydler Act. It appears as though the enactment of Bayh-Dole and the Stevenson-Wydler Act were not sufficient to induce an increase in patenting at these labs. However, the establishment of financial incentive systems, embodied in passage of the Federal Technology Transfer Act, as well as the allocation of internal resources to support technology transfer, stimulated an increase in such activity.

Keywords: University Technology Transfer, Bayh-Dole Act, Stevenson-Wydler Act, Federal Labs, Patents

JEL Classification: M13, D24, L31, O31, O32

Suggested Citation

Link, Albert N. and Siegel, Donald S. and Van Fleet, David D., Public Science and Public Innovation: Assessing the Relationship between Patenting at U.S. National Laboratories and the Bayh-Dole Act (December 30, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1737717 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1737717

Albert N. Link

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Greensboro - Department of Economics ( email )

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Donald S. Siegel (Contact Author)

Arizona State University ( email )

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David D. Van Fleet

Arizona State University ( email )

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