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Law professors from the University of Michigan and Duke University would like to modify Bayh-Dole, the 1980 law that gave universities the right to patent their inventions. Rebecca Eisenberg and Arti Rai said they are not interested in comprehensive reform, but they suggest one very...

The Marshfield Clinic, a central Wisconsin private medical system that spends $25 million per year on research, has officially partnered with the WiSys Technology Foundation for patenting and licensing its discoveries, and collaborating with researchers in the University of Wisconsin System. ...

The nuts and bolts of starting a business include choosing a business entity name, which is more involved than it sounds. Fortunately, the Internet provides a way to find out if you have "naming rights" in Wisconsin, according to Early Stage columnist Joe Boucher, and...

Complying with securities laws is a crucial part of raising capital, notes Private Placements columnist Matthew Storms. In previous articles on raising capital, he provided an overview of the capital-raising process, due diligence, and the use of placement agents. This column describes a few common...

When it comes to stirring technology passions, the subject of "net neutrality" ranks right up there with embryonic stem cell research. But before we entertain ideas to regulate the Internet, guest columnist Jim Rice, president and CEO of the Information Technology Association of Wisconsin, believes...

Wisconsin's new identity theft law isn't as tough as its authors claim, according to Milwaukee attorney Mark Garsombke. In this WTN guest column, Garsombke points out some fundamental flaws in a law that was enacted earlier this year, and suggests Wisconsin follow the example of...

In an about-face, Journal communications has decided to sell its subsidiary, Norlight Telecommunications, to an Indiana-based telecommunications company for $185 million. In April of this year, Journal Communications had announced it would spin off Norlight to its shareholders....

Dancing with the Stars might be America's new passion, but dancing with the elephants of big business requires more than Arthur Murray lessons, according to DEMO Letter columnist Chris Shipley. This type of dance can be exhilarating for start-up companies, but first they will have...

For all the concern about the compliance costs of Sarbanes-Oxley, the law has led to more independent boards of directors. At the recent University of Wisconsin-Madison Director's Summit, directors of several prominent corporate boards offered their advice about heading off the kind of trouble that...

At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, it's hard to imagine life without Bayh-Dole, the landmark law that fueled technology transfer in university communities across the nation. Still, the law is under attack, even by some academicians, which has compelled former U.S. Senator Birch Bayh, who co-authored...