Sources: GovTrack, Association of American Universities, EFF
quote: John Vaughn, executive vice president of the Association of American Universities, says that in favoring large patent-holders and defendants, the bill will hurt research colleges. He commented, "[The Act] is good for people who don't like patents and would like them all to go away. The impact of H.R. 3309 would run exactly counter to the collaborative efforts of universities, industry, and government to increase the breadth and pace of the commercialization of university research."
quote: Err, no, that's not what he said. Read his quote. He's saying that universities are large patent-holders who use many of the same tactics as the patent trolls, and will be negatively affected by the bill. After all, most universities have "never even thought about making product, and [are] from day one focused solely on collecting patents and seeking damages or licensing fees."
quote: They form "technology transfer" departments to use their patents to make m_ney for the university a lot like any other patent holder that doesn't make product.
quote: I can understand people who view university research as good and patent trolls as bad. But they use similar enough tactics that legislation aimed at one will hit the other. In the past perhaps universities were more likely to freely share their discoveries, but now IP revenue is a big concern at universities.
quote: As far as I've seen this is patently false.
quote: We commend Chairman Goodlatte for the improvements in this Manager's Amendment in comparison to the previous version of H.R. 3309. Including among those improvements, in our view, are the elimination of the expansion of the kinds of patents that can be reviewed under the AIA's post-grant review procedures for covered business patents and retaining the transitional nature of those procedures -- although we are concerned about some remaining aspects of these provisions.
quote: Their patents tend to be explicit and novel. I'm sure there's some "bad" university patents out there, but in general the quality of those I've read/seen tends to be much higher than, say, your average software patent.