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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 24 Jul 2010, 03:49
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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.
20. The claim that a university should not be entitled to patent the inventions of its faculty members plays which one of the following roles in the argument?
(A) It is the conclusion of the argument.
(B) It is a principle from which the conclusion is derived.
(C) It is an explicit assumption.
(D) It is additional but nonessential information in support of one of the premises.
(E) It is a claim that must be demonstrated to be false in order to establish the conclusion.

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Re: A university [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2010, 08:58
Q19- Answer C.
A,B,E - Out of scope and strong views.
D-Incorrect because having a motive by itself is the problem it does not matter whether you will use the motive to act or not.

Q20 - Answer A.
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Re: A university [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2010, 09:35
C and A for me too..

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Re: A university [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2010, 09:35
BTW, please post the OA
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Re: A university [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2010, 20:43
@sridhar .. let others attempt too.
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Re: A university [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2010, 21:29
E and D
not sure about the 2nd one
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Re: A university [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2010, 09:28
OA -- D and A
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Re: A university [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2010, 10:33
my pick is D and D
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Re: A university [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2010, 03:44
IMO

19 - C

20 - B
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Re: A university [#permalink] New post 31 Jul 2010, 13:48
Any explanation why OA is D for first question ?
Re: A university   [#permalink] 31 Jul 2010, 13:48
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