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# A university should not be entitled to patent the inventions

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26 Oct 2006, 12:55
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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 universityâ€™s obligation to promote the free flow of ideas.

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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26 Oct 2006, 13:23
My Choice is A

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26 Oct 2006, 14:00
II'd pick B
blocking universities to patent their inventions is not a conclusion and not an assumption
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26 Oct 2006, 17:37
B too..

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26 Oct 2006, 18:44
NO guys, B is not the right answer

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26 Oct 2006, 19:39
Looks like A.

Caught between A and E.

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26 Oct 2006, 19:53
A looks like a conclusion.
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26 Oct 2006, 20:52
One more for A.

The principle is : suppressing information concerning such discoveries is incompatible with the universityâ€™s obligation to promote the free flow of ideas.

Conclusion is : A university should not be entitled to patent the inventions of its faculty members.

(A) It is the conclusion of the argument. - RIGHT
(B) It is a principle from which the conclusion is derived. - WRONG. It the conclusion based on the principle mentioned in the last line.
(C) It is an explicit assumption. - It is not as assumtion. WRONG
(D) It is additional but nonessential information in support of one of the premises. - This information is essential. WRONG
(E) It is a claim that must be demonstrated to be false in order to establish the conclusion. - WRONG.

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26 Oct 2006, 23:47
Going with A. It's a conclusion based on the fact that univ's should encourage free flow of ideas and those that reserve the right to patent have a motive of suppressing the ideas - therefore in order for this not to happen - the univs should not have a right to patent and hence it sounds like a conclusion.

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27 Oct 2006, 09:18
One of those rare CRs where the conclusion is stated upfront.

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27 Oct 2006, 13:06
I feel like there are 2 areas -
I - is the Patent and its entitlement by the University
II - is the Suppressing of Information.

The premise is that University's Obligations and the Suppressing of information are incompatible. The argument merely states that I causes II but is not essential to the premise. Therefore I go with D.

OA??

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27 Oct 2006, 18:47
On a second relook, I am going with C.

Its assuming that by filing the patent the university won't be sharing information about the invention, but thats not the what a patent does. It might share the knowledge with other scientists and universities but restrict its use in commercial products/processes or charge for such use.

Am I stretching it too far ??

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28 Oct 2006, 10:32
OA is A. First sentence is the conclusion.. 'Clearly' in the last sentence is a trap

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28 Oct 2006, 17:44
gmacvik wrote:
OA is A. First sentence is the conclusion.. 'Clearly' in the last sentence is a trap

Good one

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29 Oct 2006, 01:48
ivymba wrote:
On a second relook, I am going with C.

Its assuming that by filing the patent the university won't be sharing information about the invention, but thats not the what a patent does. It might share the knowledge with other scientists and universities but restrict its use in commercial products/processes or charge for such use.

Am I stretching it too far ??

yes... you are... remember ASSUMPTION IS NEVER STATED... what the hell is an Explicit assumption??? This was the first answer I ruled OUT.

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29 Oct 2006, 01:48
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