Intellectual Property Protection and Contractual Relations for Biofuels Innovations - Completed
This project assessed the intellectual property (IP) issues relevant to biofuels research beyond current ethanol production. The team looked at issues relevant to public/private sector research collaboration and commercial development, as well as the landscape for biofuels research, particularly lignocellulose production and conversion. They also surveyed scientists regarding the intellectual property protection of their research inputs and outputs, and will repeat the survey over years to capture evolving IP environment.
The study of UC (university) licensing is yielding highly relevant implications for further research of patenting and licensing, and for the pattern of innovation by licensees. The study of public-private alliances has expanded as those alliances have proliferated. The patent landscape study shows biofuels patents to be of high value, proliferating rapidly, and in distinct fields with specialized location and ownership.
Published in 2011
The Economics of Grain Price Volatility, Brian D. Wright, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, 33(1), pp. 32-58, Spring 2011.
Published in 2009
Patents vs. Patenting: Implications of Intellectual Property Protection for Biological Research, Zhen Lei, Brian Wright, Nature Biotechnology, pp. 36-40, January 2009