There are many ways to monetize IP. Before I publish something, I make an explicit decision whether to patent the discovery so that I can have some control over the IP. Most of the time I don’t. Sometimes when I’ve done this, I get a patent. Occasionally those patents get licensed. For the most recent patent I did, along with its copyrighted IP, I started a company. It didn’t make me much money, but I still get royalty checks each year.

Are there particular barriers to monetizing that you see, aside from the general challenges of entrepreneurship? Or is it more the problem that small groups inventors get rewarded for discoveries that are the result of an entire community’s efforts?



Professor of programming + learning + design + justice at the University of Washington Information School. Trans; she/her. #BlackLivesMatter.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store