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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 the 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 profitmaking corporations.
(E) Logos University is unlikely to attract corporate sponsorship of its scientific research.
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clearly 'D'.
If Government-sponsored research conducted at Logos University for the most part duplicates research already completed by several profitmaking corporations, then corporations would not be interested in research carried out by the govt sponsored research.
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16 Sep 2012, 06:20
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A- Convoluted inference.
B- Availability of tax credits for Corporate sponsored research does not impact the given argument.
C- Irrelevant. No mention of Research scientists can be seen in the argument.
D- Directly attacks and weakens the conclusion which assumes that Corporations would be interested in buying the patents from the Universities.
E- Farfetched and an out-of the line prediction.
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15 Sep 2012, 01:44
My error. I chose c assuming that if research scientists focus on research rather than teaching, it is difficult to expand the undergraduate program. But the conclusion is about funding, not expansion.
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17 Sep 2012, 00:04
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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 the most doubt on the viability of the college administrators' plan described above?
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(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. -- > exclusive sponsors for ongoing projects. Does not weaken, rather OOS
(B) Corporate sponsors of research in university facilities are entitled to tax credits under new federal tax-code guidelines. - tax guidelines- OOS
(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. - kind of supports the argument .
(D) Government-sponsored research conducted at Logos University for the most part duplicates research already completed by several profitmaking corporations. - If the corporates already have those patents, why will they buy it again from Logos univ ?
(E) Logos University is unlikely to attract corporate sponsorship of its scientific research - does not weaken

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20 Sep 2012, 20:25
why is E wrong.. Could somebody explain?
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22 Sep 2012, 12:57
sachindia wrote:
why is E wrong.. Could somebody explain?

E is out of scope.
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28 Feb 2013, 01:29
THE fisrt sentence of the argument is the noisy information, the purpose of which is to make hard for us to realize the main core of the argument. The main core is the second sentence.

do x , then y happen.

prethink an assumption: there is not bad factors.

going to answer choice, D matchs.
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31 May 2013, 01:08
E- is wrong because the issue here is to sell patents for funding some UG program not attract sponors for research.

We need to see how we can show that they cannot sell the patents to corporations. D tells that the research is duplicated. So would corporations buy it?? NO! so the plan fails.
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29 Mar 2014, 03:32
D seems to be conflicting. If profit making corps already completed research then how can a university get exclusive rights? This is cearly stated in first sentence that university has the exclusive right for the research.

So the answer D is flawed.
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24 Sep 2014, 09:07
But my question is:

Argument says : For ANY patent, university can sell
Choice D says : Most research are copied, Even if few research and not copied, university still can sell that.
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