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  •  see above - not so much. One of the purposes of (2+ / 0-)
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    TofG, mamamedusa

    R&D funding is to drive new industries, which is very different from BP owning it. The inventors can develop a real stake in actualizing their discoveries and making them into technology. Having the guv own it becomes very problematic for a bunch of reasons.

    There are many gov funding mechanisms, and a lot of them include incentives for inventors/discoverers to patent their results. The next stage can also involve some gov investment in small start-ups, but it also encourages the inflow of capital to start-ups because they have a strong intellectual property position in the form of the patents, and they have a chance to transform the science into technology, given some more investment.

    Fear is the mind-killer - Frank Herbert, Dune

    by p gorden lippy on Sun Apr 24, 2011 at 07:14:48 AM PDT

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