« Big changes afoot in how FE is funded and overseen in England | Main | Google forms - for easy data capture - screencast by Dan Schellenberg »


What, exactly do you mean about, "...universities using the patent system privately to exploit student innovation..."?

How is this related to the Bb case?


Thanks for the question. As I understand it, in the US there are instances of development work by students being seen by their university as owned by the university, with patents applied for and/or obtained on the back of such work by the university. This August 2007 post by Jim Farmer covers the more general issue. The point I am getting at is that it is not only private companies that seek to exploit, through the patent system, collegially (sp?) created and publicly funded intellectual property. Universities, and not only in the US, do so too. (The link is to a recent UK High Court decision that has led to the UK Intellectual Property Office having to revise its line somewhat on the patentability of software: in the wrong direction.)

The comments to this entry are closed.