Is University Patenting Necessary or Sufficient to Make University Research Valuable Economically?

  • Richard R. Nelson


There once was widespread belief that there was a clean divide between science and technology. Science was advanced through a system in which new research results and theories were open public knowledge. Technology was advanced through a system driven by the lure and reward of proprietary rights on new technological knowledge. In fact, science and technology have overlapped for a long time, but today the overlap clearly is considerable. Many research results occur in the overlap area. Should they be treated as public knowledge, or allowed to be made proprietary? What are the issues at stake? In this essay I try to illuminate the problem, if not find clean solutions.


Intellectual Property Technology Transfer Technology Transfer Office License Activity Exclusive License 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard R. Nelson
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  1. 1.Department of International and Public AffairsColumbia UniversityNew YorkUSA

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