It's more the public sector amateurism combined with VC slime-ball approach that many of the university IP offices are taking, and the inability to get a straight answer out of any of them.
You work in a university, you get a new contract saying the university now owns all your IP.
So that means I can't contribute to an open source project?
Yes, erm well no, erm we will get back to you.
Does this new policy have anything to do with Microsoft paying for your new building ?
No, erm well erm ....
You want me to list work that was done at a previous institute but was published after I moved here - on your department rankings? How does this square with them owning the IP?
I want to attend a conference. The funding body will only pay for the travel if I am presenting a paper. If I present a paper you can't patent anything in it. So I need approval from the IP office before I can say anything in case they want to patent it. And they will respond in 6months.