Policy ForumIntellectual Property

University Licensing and the Bayh-Dole Act

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Science  22 Aug 2003:
Vol. 301, Issue 5636, pp. 1052
DOI: 10.1126/science.1087473


The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980 allows universities to patent and exclusively license federally funded inventions. With dramatic growth in university licensing, the Act has become controversial and the subject of policy review. In this Policy Forum we examine the available evidence on the intended and unintended effects of the Act.

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