Patents as an incentive for professors and students
The article The politics of patents in Commonwealth has some discussion of "who is who" in the patent reform debate.
There is some discussion of Bob Brown, the president of Boston University, including
For the universities, protecting the patent system is not so much about the money. Brown says that BU can make several million dollars in any given year but just as likely could lose money. More important, he says, is the incentive it provides for faculty and students. “It drives their research from the bench to the free market on the other side,” he says. “That’s a very major thing in the culture of the university.”
Ironically, James Bessen also resides at Boston University.