Time Expired Software!

Sean Eddy eddy at wol.wustl.edu
Mon Jan 27 10:43:35 EST 1997

In article <32EC6E63.6AD97132 at house.med.und.ac.za> "Dr. Rob Miller" <rmiller at house.med.und.ac.za> writes:
  >prices, as I was mostly funded by Glaxo).  My point, however, was that
  >it is my impression that most bioscience software is developed with grant
  >funding, **then sold**...

Lots of people share your attitude that commercialization of
federally-funded research sounds like an ethical no-no.

However, in US law, that's not the intention of our government. The
most relevant law is probably the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980. It permits
("demands", according to some readings) university laboratories to
commercialize federally-funded results where possible.  It is
principally concerned with patentable inventions, but can probably be
broadly interpreted as applying to tech transfer in general. There is
a body of other legislation over the past twenty years that makes
similar points.


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- Dept. of Genetics, Washington University School of Medicine
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