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A new law gives ownership of patents—documents providing exclusive right to make and sell an invention—to universities, not the government, when those patents result from government-sponsored university research. Administrators at Logos University plan to sell any patents they acquire to corporations in order to fund programs to improve undergraduate teaching.

Which of the following, if true, would cast most doubt on the viability of the college administrators’ plan described above?

(A) Profit-making corporations interested in developing products based on patents held by universities are likely to try to serve as exclusive sponsors of ongoing university research projects.
(B) Corporate sponsors of research in university facilities are entitled to tax credits under new federal tax-code guidelines.
(C) Research scientists at Logos University have few or no teaching responsibilities and participate little if at all in the undergraduate programs in their field.
(D) Government-sponsored research conducted at Logos University for the most part duplicates research already completed by several profit-making corporations.
(E) Logos University is unlikely to attract corporate sponsorship of its scientific research.
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Administrators at Logos university are planning to make profits by selling their patents to corporations.

Which option will hurt their plan?

Government-sponsored research conducted at Logos University duplicates research already completed by several profit-making corporations.

If the research is already completed by corporations than why would corporations buy the patents of same research from Logos university and this in effect tends to hurt the administrators plan.
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15 Jun 2010, 11:39
Can we think in terms of option C?
Plan is saying, sell patents for $$to improve ---> undergrad education. Option C says research scientists have no or limited role in teaching... means admins are selling it for something else but not for improving teaching. I know this is not mentioned in argument but in weaken questions, we can have information not mentioned in the argument directly but weakens conclusion. Any thoughts?? Director Status: Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. It's a dare. Impossible is nothing. Affiliations: University of Chicago Booth School of Business Joined: 26 Nov 2009 Posts: 997 Location: Singapore Followers: 22 Kudos [?]: 747 [0], given: 36 Re: A new law gives ownership of patents documents providing [#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Jun 2010, 19:16 200% D _________________ Please press kudos if you like my post. Director Status: Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. It's a dare. Impossible is nothing. Affiliations: University of Chicago Booth School of Business Joined: 26 Nov 2009 Posts: 997 Location: Singapore Followers: 22 Kudos [?]: 747 [0], given: 36 Re: A new law gives ownership of patents documents providing [#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Jun 2010, 20:23 rg1 wrote: Can we think in terms of option C? Plan is saying, sell patents for$$ to improve ---> undergrad education.

Option C says research scientists have no or limited role in teaching... means admins are selling it for something else but not for improving teaching. >>> Don't think it impacts "ownership". Who owns will sell. D has a direct impact on ownership of the research. And copying a patent is illegal by any means.

Hence C is OUT.

I know this is not mentioned in argument but in weaken questions, we can have information not mentioned in the argument directly but weakens conclusion.

Any thoughts??

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16 Jun 2010, 00:06
There is one more thing here. If the research programs are duplications of the ones conducted by the private corporations, there is a very little chance that they in fact can register any patents. So the plan to sell those to fund the undergraduate teaching might not be viable.

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16 Jun 2010, 05:11
@vijayvenky I was thinking on similar lines...attack selling for  making 'act' or improve education... I attacked motive, improving education.
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Whenever I looked at this problem I thought along the lines of, what would make the university not able to allocate funds towards undergraduate programs by not selling their patents.

I eliminated answer D last because it said that a lot of the research they perform is just a duplicate of work performed and completed by for-profit corporations. If it is duplicate research then they would never be awarded a patent which means that this option is irrelevant to the question. All this option states is that most of their research won't result in a patent which is 100% irrelevant (in my mind) to the argument.

I selected A because if the corporations are only willing to allocate their money as a sponsorship and not as outright buying the patents for cash, then the school would not be able to allocate money to their undergraduate program. All you would have is the government and corporations sponsoring additional research but that would not translate in to more money for undergraduate studies.
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27 Jul 2010, 22:15
I Chose A over D ................

what was explained above was perfect its very very close ............D ...what if other few corporations want to use these patents ?

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Whenever I looked at this problem I thought along the lines of, what would make the university not able to allocate funds towards undergraduate programs by not selling their patents.

I eliminated answer D last because it said that a lot of the research they perform is just a duplicate of work performed and completed by for-profit corporations. If it is duplicate research then they would never be awarded a patent which means that this option is irrelevant to the question. All this option states is that most of their research won't result in a patent which is 100% irrelevant (in my mind) to the argument.

I selected A because if the corporations are only willing to allocate their money as a sponsorship and not as outright buying the patents for cash, then the school would not be able to allocate money to their undergraduate program. All you would have is the government and corporations sponsoring additional research but that would not translate in to more money for undergraduate studies.

defintly D it is
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28 Jul 2010, 07:51
Too much of confusion whats the OA ........
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28 Jul 2010, 07:58
d my take
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31 Jul 2010, 02:28
I choose D
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I've seen this one before. OA is D. I remember it only too well! I got this one wrong.
nusmavrik got the right explanation. +1 to you!
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06 Aug 2010, 20:08
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08 Aug 2010, 04:42
D IT IS
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