Toward a Canadian Knowledge Transfer Strategy: My Appearance Before the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology

Michael Geist, Jun 02, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Presentation by Michael Geist to a Canadian government committee on a study on intellectual property and tech transfer. He suggests that the government should look at knowledge transfer more broadly, and focus less on IP and patents. "The emphasis on university-based patenting is misplaced. It can have a corrosive effect on universities, who forego important, publicly-funded research in favour of potential licensing or patenting opportunities.  With properly funded institutions, there is no need to chase licensing dollars." I've made similar arguments internally, with respect to government-produced research, and called for open access to government resources, publications and data.
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