Tension between exploitation of IPR and public good purposes of research
Could ownership be a driver?
The very essence of IP rights entails a trade-off. On the one hand, IP rights provide economic incentives to innovate, but on the other, the exclusive rights that they confer to achieve this allow …… associated welfare losses and prevent access by other innovators.
Gowers Review, 2006
One area that attracts significant debate is the way in which universities should be expected to use the Intellectual Property they develop: for example, what should be the balance between universities reaping the fruits of their own labour and delivering wider benefits? DIUS has commissioned the Vice Chancellor of Lancaster University, Paul Wellings, to lead a study into how universities should manage IP for their own benefit and for the benefit of the wider economy. Innovation Nation, 2008