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A university should not be entitled to patent the inventions

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A university should not be entitled to patent the inventions [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2005, 14:50
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A university should not be entitled to patent the inventions of its faculty members. Universities, as guarantors of intellectual freedom, should encourage the free flow of ideas and the general dissemination of knowledge. Yet a university that retains the right to patent the inventions of its faculty members has a motive to suppress information about a potentially valuable discovery until the patent for it has been secured. Clearly, suppressing information concerning such discoveries is incompatible with the university’s obligation to promote the free flow of ideas.
19. Which one of the following is an assumption that the argument makes?
(A) Universities are the only institutions that have an obligation to guarantee intellectual freedom.
(B) Most inventions by university faculty members would be profitable if patented.
(C) Publication of reports on research is the only practical way to disseminate information concerning new discoveries.
(D) Universities that have a motive to suppress information concerning discoveries by their faculty members will occasionally act on that motive.
(E) If the inventions of a university faculty member are not patented by that university, then they will be patented by the faculty member instead.


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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2005, 14:59
My answer is D.

A-is never assumed anywhere in the passage.

B - Although some inventions are profitable it's never assumed that most are.

C - Research reports are different from patents

D - This points to the assumption made in the argument..."Yet a university that retains the right to patent the inventions of its faculty members has a motive to suppress information about a potentially valuable discovery until the patent for it has been secured."

E - This is not implied or assumed anywhere
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2005, 18:11
I'm torn b/w C and D. Badly torn. My heart tells me C but my head says D. I'll follow my heart. Hmmm, it should be C.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2005, 18:31
1) Yet a university that retains the right to patent the inventions of its faculty members has a motive to suppress information about

2) Clearly, suppressing information concerning such discoveries is incompatible

Between these two lines the author assumes that university will act on the motive otherwise the author cannot jump from 1) to 2)

D it is
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Feb 2005, 23:44
D. universities are doing this practice of supressing the information about discoveries.. the argument is all about this ides.
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 [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2005, 05:37
agree with nocilis and greenandwise.
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