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February 9, 1957

Nonprofit Research and Patent Management in the United States

JAMA. 1957;163(6):513-514. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970410103035

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This booklet is the first in a series of four intended to provide factual information concerning nonprofit research and patent management in the United States. It is based on the findings of a comprehensive survey and is presented as a service to universities, industry, and government. Research has become a well-established part of our national scientific effort, with much of it supported by industry and government. It is inevitable that patent problems should arise, particularly when a discovery can be developed into an item with monetary value. The opening pages present an unbiased opinion regarding patents, pointing out that, as a rule, patents are not a "royal road to fortune." There appears to be greater defense of the patent system than condemnation, and it is made clear that it is not dishonorable for scientists to seek patents. A list of 85 universities, colleges, institutes, and professional schools with well-established research

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