Re: Student Patent Policy at Caltech and UC

Yukari Mitsuhashi (
Wed, 13 Jan 1999 13:43:37 +0900

Hi there,

Those patent issues look completely different in the Japanese
system (Students, Faculty, Universities, Corporations,
Foundations, Government, etc.). We still live in the 70's, so
to speak (with no such thing as the "Bayh-Dole" here), and there's
no need for the inventors to worry about *sharing* the patent rights
with the Universities either they study at or work for ;-)

You might be surprised to know that you find only 8 TLO's now in
Japan. If you did the same search last summer, then you just
couldn't have found any of them existing in this country.

On Tue, 12 Jan 1999 17:21:13 -0500 (EST), (Kragen Sitaker) wrote:

| These policies worry me quite a bit. Caltech's seems just, but UC's
| sounds like pure profiteering. Is it a fucking public university
| devoted to the furtherance of research and open inquiry, or is it a
| business founded on intellectual property? It can't be both.

The frequently used term "dissemination of created/invented
knowledge to society/world" covers both...that's what they
declare they are dedicated to.

--Yeah, *I* would absolutely like to know what this thing
called "Universities' Tech Transfer" is all about, too!!

- Yukari