Panel: Academic Freedom Collides with the Bayh/Dole Amendment
Cynthia Gibas, Virginia Tech
Michael J. Martin, Executive Vice President, Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties, Inc.
Date: Tuesday, January 29
Location: Canyon I
The Bayh-Dole Amendment charged that granting agencies change their policy to enable universities to maintain any IP they generate. Many scientists feel that academic rigor demands that their peers be able to inspect their code and use it without cost in order to validate it and/or improve it, and directors at the NIH have publicly stated that software developed using their grant funding should be Open Source. How can the universities' financial interests and the academic interest in open science coexist in harmony?