Monday, March 09, 2015

Opinion piece in Albuquerque Journal criticizes Goodlatte innovation Act

From the article:

The pending legislation to address patent litigation abuses, which is already being largely addressed by the 2012 America Invents Act, is so broadly drawn that it would further weaken the nation’s patent system and hinder the flow of new technologies from university research to the private sector.
The board of directors of STC.UNM, the University of New Mexico’s technology-transfer and economic-development organization, is a diverse group of individuals comprised of researchers, inventors, academics, administrators, government leaders, business executives, entrepreneurs, investors, lawyers and community leaders, with local, state, national and international ties. We are charged with guiding STC in its mission to support the University of New Mexico and its partners as the source for technology commercialization and economic development for our region and the state of New Mexico.


Two years ago the House passed the “Innovation Act” (HR 3309). Had it become law it would have drastically harmed our state’s efforts to improve our economy by deterring the private investment needed to commercialize the many technologies coming from our research institutions. New companies would not have been created and established small companies would not have grown, eliminating critical present and future well-paying jobs.


IPBiz notes that opinion pieces such as this, coming from a university tech transfer office,
illustrate how "disconnected" the group of 51 law professors are from their own universities.
A prime example is the disconnect of Bessen and Meurer from Boston University.  If BM can't convince BU of the validity of their arguments, should anyone else care?


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