Inspired Bayh-Dole Act Turns 35

By Fred Reinhart and Stephen J. Susalka

The Bayh-Dole Act is arguably one of the most influential pieces of intellectual property law in the twentieth century. Passage of the act allowed universities to retain ownership of federally funded intellectual property—dramatically transforming the way inventions are treated in universities while enabling society to gain even greater benefit from publicly funded scientific research.

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