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Poll Question 1

Academic Inventors' Bill of Rights

At the recent AUTM Annual Conference in New Orleans, a debate was launched over a Bill of Rights to allow faculty members more adequate input into how their inventions are commercialized.

Dr. Renee Kaswan, founder of IP Advocate and inventor of Restasis, collaborated with Alan Bentley, Director of Commercialization of the Cleveland Clinic to form proposals for a Bill of Rights.

The intent of the Bill of Rights is to codify system-wide basic assurances for faculty researchers that would allow more involvement in licensing and commercialization of their inventions.

 

Where do you stand on this issue?

Select the statement below that best describes your position on this critical issue:
I strongly agree that an Academic Inventors' Bill of Rights is needed.
I agree that an Academic Inventors' Bill of Rights is needed.
I am opposed to an Academic Inventors' Bill of Rights.
I am undecided on the issue of an Academic Inventors' Bill of Rights.
 
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Poll Question 2

Patent Application by a Non-Inventor

The most recent iteration of Patent Reform in the Senate (S. 515) includes section 118 "Filing by other than inventor" which states "A person to whom the inventor has assigned or is under obligation to assign the invention may make an application for patent."

This section goes further than the issue of assignment by adding "A person who otherwise shows sufficient proprietary interest in the matter may make an application for patent on behalf of and as an agent for the inventor on proof of the pertinent facts and a showing that such action is appropriate to preserve the rights of the parties."

The proposed language gives the Director of the USPTO final discretion in whether the patent would be granted to the inventor or another party.

 

Where do you stand on this issue?

Select the statement below that best describes your position on this critical issue:
I believe that only an inventor should be granted a patent.
I believe that a non-inventor should be allowed to be granted a patent.
I am undecided on the issue of granting a patent to a non-inventor.
 
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Poll Question 3

TTO Metrics

University technology transfer offices are tasked with translating faculty inventions assigned to it. While TTOs may be feeling pressure to gain short-term financial achievement in this time of economic instability, translation of innovation is long-term in nature. Thus, short-term expectations may be inconsistent with long-term ROI and so a system of standardized metrics should be considered to better assess TTO operations.

However, most universities currently limit their data gathering and annual reports to purely quantitative measures such as licensing revenue or number of licenses.

Perhaps more qualitative measures should be considered as well, including: faculty inventor satisfaction, societal impact or number of lives saved (or impacted) from translation of innovation.

 

Where do you stand on this issue?

Select the statement below that best describes your position on this critical issue:
I believe quantitative measures such as financial results and number of licenses are the best metrics of TTO effectiveness.
I believe qualitative measures such as societal good or public utility are the best metrics of TTO effectiveness.
I believe a blend of quantitative and qualitative measures are the best metrics of TTO effectiveness.
I do not have an opinion on the best metrics of TTO effectiveness.
 
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