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The Bayh-Dole Act Turns 30

by Orlando Lopez

With little fanfare, the Bayh-Dole Act turned 30 years old on December 12, 2010.  If we were back in the 60’s, we would be reminded of the statement “never trust a person over 30,” but these are different times and the Bayh-Dole Act has more than proven its usefulness.  By allowing universities (and small businesses and not-for-profit organizations) to retain title to inventions generated under federally funded programs, the Bayh-Dole Act sparked the technology transfer process.  Universities such as MIT and Stanford (as well as Wisconsin and others) have spawned a large number of small companies, some of which have grown to be large companies.  While most of us dozed through this birthday celebration, the USPTO provided the cake and marked the occasion.  Director Kappos highlighted the connection between the Bayh-Dole Act and the constitutional basis of the patent system, the promotion of the advancement in both science and commerce.  We join today in celebrating the birthday of the Bayh-Dole Act and wish the Bayh-Dole Act many more happy returns.

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