I am not involved in academia so I am not that knowledgeable about the "research game". What has been troubling me with the "research game" is that I kept reading articles on universities and professors suing each other over "patents". I had found these articles to be disturbing since most research is funded by the Federal government and I had assumed that the results of all publicly funded (taxpayer paid) research would be in the public domain.
Then one day, I ran across a TechDirt article that mentioned the Bayh-Dole Act. This act, according to Wikipedia, " ... gave US universities, small businesses and non-profits intellectual property control of their inventions and other intellectual property that resulted from such funding. The Act, sponsored by two senators, Birch Bayh of Indiana and Bob Dole of Kansas, was enacted by the United States Congress on December 12, 1980." Well, so much for our esteemed Congressional representatives protecting the taxpayers.
Once again the free market is being debased by special interest legislation that creates a favorable business environment for a privileged group. As an aside, I also had the Utopian belief that research was being performed for altruistic reasons to benefit mankind, I guess I was wrong. Add this to the list of "bad" legislation that "steals" taxpayer's property for the benefit (subsidization) of private enterprise.