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Living in a Material WorldEconomic Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies$
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Trevor Pinch and Richard Swedberg

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262162524

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262162524.001.0001

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The Politics of Patent Law and Its Material Effects: The Changing Relationship between Universities and the Marketplace

The Politics of Patent Law and Its Material Effects: The Changing Relationship between Universities and the Marketplace

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(p.190) (p.191) 6 The Politics of Patent Law and Its Material Effects: The Changing Relationship between Universities and the Marketplace
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Living in a Material World
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Elizabeth Popp Berman

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262162524.003.0007

This chapter discusses the politics of patent law with its material effects, and the Bayh-Dole Act that promotes patenting in universities. The purpose of the Bayh-Dole Act is to give universities the patent rights to government-funded inventions by default and to encourage commercial activity and industry collaboration in universities. Neoliberal ideology, associated with the Bayh-Dole Act, has been the motivation behind changing government patent policy. A government-title policy assigns the patent to any inventions to the government by default, whereas government-license policy keeps the patent rights with the inventor and his/her institution. The chapter demonstrates patenting as a sociotechnical institution and finds the limitation of the social construction of technology approach in its original focus on technological design.

Keywords:   patent, universities, inventions, government policy, market

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