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Ownership Of Patents

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Ownership Of Patents

Post Wed Mar 10, 2010 12:51 am
A new law gives ownership of patents-documents providing exclusive right to make and sell an invention-to universities, not the government, when those patents result from government-sponsored university research. Administrators at Logos University plan to sell any patents they acquire to corporations in order to fund programs to improve undergraduate teaching.

Which of the following, if true, would cast the most doubt on the viability of the college administrators' plan described above?

(A) Profit-making corporations interested in developing products based on patents held by universities are likely to try to serve as exclusive sponsors of ongoing university research projects.

(8) Corporate sponsors of research in university facilities are entitled to tax credits under new federal tax-code guidelines.

(C) Research scientists at Logos University have few or no teaching responsibilities and participate little if at all in the undergraduate programs in their field.

(0) Government-sponsored research conducted at Logos University for the most part duplicates research already completed by several profit-making corporations.

(E) Logos University is unlikely to attract corporate sponsorship of its scientific research.

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Conclusion: Administrators at Logos University plan to sell any patents they acquire to corporations in order to fund programs to improve undergraduate teaching.

Premise: Ownership of patents to universities, not the government, when those patents result from government-sponsored university research

Assumption: there exists a market for the patents developed by the university at the corporations.

We need to attack this assumption.
(A) Profit-making corporations interested in developing products based on patents held by universities are likely to try to serve as exclusive sponsors of ongoing university research projects. [This law applies to only government sponsored research. Eliminated!]

(8) Corporate sponsors of research in university facilities are entitled to tax credits under new federal tax-code guidelines. [this does not take the assumption into account at all. moreover this talks about corporate sponsers of research whereas our stimulus talks about government sponsered research. Eliminated!]

(C) Research scientists at Logos University have few or no teaching responsibilities and participate little if at all in the undergraduate programs in their field. [researchers need not participate. their job is to do research and get patents. sell them make money for the univ. the univ puts the money to undergrad programs. where is the need for researchers to have teaching responsibilities?Eliminated!]

(0) Government-sponsored research conducted at Logos University for the most part duplicates research already completed by several profit-making corporations. [Voila!!! The choice says that market does not exist as these are merely duplicate research that has already been completed by the corporations. it correctly addresses the assumption. My answer]

(E) Logos University is unlikely to attract corporate sponsorship of its scientific research. [we are looking at government based sponsorship and not corporate sponsorship. Eliminated!]

Hope this helps!

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