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Subtitle: The Ethical Implications of Patenting Academic Research
Author(s): PATTYN, Bart
Journal: Ethical Perspectives
Volume: 13 Issue: 2 Date: June 2006
The discussion concerning the patenting of academic knowledge is already closed for many people. It has become a type of credo, solemnly intoned at all levels: universities must commercially valorize the knowledge that they generate as extensively as possible. The public means that are reserved for universities can never increase at the same rate as the mounting costs for highly specialized research. So universities, if they want to work at the top level, must increasingly appeal to private resources. Universities are increasingly forced to aim at contract research, sponsorships, commercialised service, the patenting of technical findings, and spin-offs.