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Professors want to tweak, not overhaul, patent law

Madison, Wis. - As law professors at major universities, Rebecca Eisenberg and Arti Rai want to make their case perfectly clear: they are not calling for repeal of Bayh-Dole, the landmark law that gave universities t......

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Since universities have the opportunity to file patent applications on basic research discoveries, which formerly were in the domain of open science, Eisenberg and Rai argue that this may actually hinder rather than promote biomedical rese......

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In addition to the Eisenberg-Rai proposal, there have been rumblings about implementing price controls on the products of federally funded research, and others have decried the lack of a mechanism to track the progress of federally supported inventions.

Still, nothing has come of any reform idea. "Our particular piece of the proposal, I......

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