Panel 4: The Role of University-Industry Relationships in Universities’ Research Missions

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Friday, March 4, 2022 | 11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. (ET)

The 1980 Bayh-Dole Act (and related statutes from that time period) aimed to boost U.S. competitiveness by fostering closer relationships between universities and industry. Particularly given differences in the global economy between 1980 and 2022, what is working well and what should be changed? To what extent is it realistic, or desirable, for the creation of domestic jobs, including manufacturing jobs (a current political priority) to be a focus for university technology transfer? Is it realistic, or desirable, for universities to favor smaller or startup firms over more established firms? Bayh-Dole envisioned intellectual property rights, particularly patents, as a major mechanism universities and industry would use to interact. What is the current role of formal IPRs relative to other forms of interaction?


MARYANN FELDMAN, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
KARL KOSTER√Massachusetts Institute of Technology
SANDY WILLIAMS, Duke University
ARTI RAI, moderator, Duke Law School


Co-sponsors: The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law; Duke Law Center for Law, Ethics and National Security; Duke University Office of Research & Innovation; Duke University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

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