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ERIC Number: ED547589
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 320
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2674-4896-5
Universities That Litigate Patents
Rooksby, Jacob H.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Virginia
American research universities frequently obtain and license patents to their faculty members' inventions. While university licensing is carefully tracked and thoroughly studied, little is known about university decisions to assertively litigate their patents through filing patent infringement lawsuits in federal court. Which universities engage in this activity? How common is it? Do these universities have policies to facilitate their involvement in patent infringement litigation? Are they likely to litigate again? What considerations do these universities deem important in their decisions to bring suit? This mixed-methods study answers these questions by providing a legal history of university-initiated patent infringement litigation and by surveying and interviewing key decision makers at universities that litigate patents. Findings contribute to scholarly understanding of university involvement in technology transfer, complex institutional decision-making concerning efforts to protect and enforce valuable intellectual property, and academic capitalism theory. They also bear significant implications for future university pursuits of mission and money through patents amidst an unprecedented era of financial pressures transforming universities into market-conscious knowledge enterprises. The study concludes by drawing on findings to provide informed policy recommendations to further university enforcement of patents in the public interest. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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