Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub,
MD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: In their Special Communication
on university intellectual property,1 Drs Kesselheim
and Avorn describe important challenges in ensuring an intellectual property
system that promotes technological innovation. In considering the legal fees
and operating costs that university technology transfer operations face, there
is a dramatically skewed distribution of gross income from technology licensing
among research institutions in the United States, and the majority barely
covers associated costs.2 Institutions with
thriving technology transfer operations either benefit from large amounts
of sponsored research money (possibly by chance) or possess a small number
of lucrative patents. These factors restrict the hope that technology transfer
can independently satisfy attempts to support university research budgets.
Sobolski GK. Biotechnology Products and University-Based Science. JAMA. 2005;293(23):2861-2863. doi:10.1001/jama.293.23.2862-a