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News Posted on April 25, 2011

'Bayh-Dole @ 30' to Explore Intellectual Property, Patents, and Innovation

Academic experts and industry leaders from UC Davis and around the world will explore questions regarding the way in which intellectual property and patent law can maximize the economic and social benefits of technological innovation in "Bayh-Dole @ 30: Mapping the Future of University Patenting."  The event, jointly hosted by the new UC Davis Center for Science and Innovation Studies, UC Davis School of Law, the UC Davis Division of Social Sciences, and the UC Davis Science and Technology Studies Program, will take place on April 29-20 in the UC Davis Buehler Alumni and Visitor Center and King Hall.

The event is titled for the Bayh-Dole Act, a piece of federal legislation enacted by Congress in 1980 that assigned intellectual property control to universities, businesses, and nonprofits for discoveries arising from government-funded research.  The legislation reversed the presumption of title for such research, which prior to Bayh-Dole would have belonged to the government.  The act figures prominently in numerous high-profile legal battles over intellectual property and patents, including the current U.S. Supreme Court case Stanford v. Roche, a dispute over Stanford University's intellectual property rights to federally funded drug research.

Several King Hall faculty will participate, including Dean Kevin R. Johnson and Professors Mario Biagioli (who is also founding Director of the Center for Innovation Studies and who spearheaded organization of the event), Anupam Chander, Peter Lee, and Madhavi Sunder.  Scheduled events and speakers include:

Friday, April 29

AGR Room, UC Davis Alumni Center

2:15 pm - 2:30 pm: "Welcome"

Dean George R. Mangun, UC Davis Division of Social Sciences

Dean Kevin R. Johnson, UC Davis School of Law

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Dan Burk (UC Irvine): "Is University Patenting Technology-Specific?"

Comment: Pamela Samuelson (UC Berkeley) and Mario Biagioli (UC Davis)

Response: Mark Lemley (Stanford)

4:15 pm - 5:45 pm: Alan Bennett (UC Davis): "Managing University Intellectual Property in the Public Interest" and Shubha Ghosh (University of Wisconsin): "Exporting Bayh-Dole: Identifying the Institutional Connections in Patent Commercialization"

Comment: Anupam Chander (UC Davis)

5:45 pm - 6:45 pm:  Reception and book party: Alain Pottage and Brad Sherman: Figures of Invention (Oxford University Press, 2010).


Saturday, April 30

Room 1001, UC Davis King Hall

9:00 am - 10:30 am:  Arti Rai (Duke): "Accountability and Government Rights: Agency Implementation of the Bayh-Dole" and Martin Kenney (UC Davis): "Bayh-Dole and Entrepreneurship Reconsidered: University versus Inventor Ownership"

10:45 am - 12:15 pm: Peter Lee (UC Davis): "Transcending the Tacit Dimension: Markets, Relationships, and Organizations in Technology Transfer," David Winickoff (UC Berkeley): "Bayh-Dole, Research Tools, and the Scientific Enterprise" and Brian Kahin (CCIA, Harvard) "Working Knowledge: The University Envisions Innovation"

Comment: Andrew Hargadon (UC Davis)

12:15 pm - 1:30: Lunch

1:45 pm - 3:15 pm: Brad Sherman (Griffith University, Brisbane): "The Patenting of University-Based Research in Australia" and Tim Lenoir (Duke) "Federal Funding and Innovations in Bionanotechnology: US-China Comparisons"

Comment: Madhavi Sunder (UC Davis)

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Alain Pottage (London School of Economics): "Synthetic biology: Reconstructing the Public in the Wake of Bayh-Dole" and "The Digital Commons and Bayh-Dole"

Comment: Joseph Dumit (UC Davis)

Biographical information on the speakers and further information is available online from the Center for Innovations Studies website at