Commercialization of IP In Canadian Universities: Barely Better Than Break Even

Michael Geist, Weblog, Sept 04, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The push to commercialize IP is a big issue here at NRC, of course, and it is at universities as well. The prevailing wisdom is that researchers should be generating licensable property in the form of patents and other proprietary property. Hence there has been an emphasis on business development. But a recent Statistics Canada report shows that this is not working for universities. Michael Geist concludes, "the emphasis on this approach as the optimal method of benefiting from billions in public funding for research has consistently failed." And while not eschewing commercialization entirely, he, like I, would like to see some emphasis placed on alternatives like open access approaches.
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