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Drafting and Negotiating Preferential Rights in University IP Licenses and Sponsored Research Agreements


By David Schwartz
Published: March 21st, 2017

Although preferential rights such as options, rights of first refusal, rights of first offer, and rights of first negotiation are frequently used in IP licenses, there is widespread misunderstanding about what each means. Lack of clarity and improper definition can lead to confusion, which in turn often results in placement of the same standard provision in every agreement. That can be a big miss for your university.

In fact, preferential rights allow customized access to IP assets for licensees and can be a significant negotiating point when drafting deals with research partners. But, if these provisions are improperly drafted or allocated in the license, you risk leaving dollars on the table — or even inadvertently giving away your future stake in the IP.

Drafting and Negotiating Preferential Rights in University IP Licenses and Sponsored Research Agreements, scheduled for April 18th, will offer a detailed look at drafting and negotiation strategies and best practices for addressing the structure, assignment and enforcement of preferential rights. Join us on April 18th for this important webinar led by University of Utah Technology and Licensing Manager Beth Drees, PhD, MBA.

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EAR/ITAR Compliance Workshop: Understanding and Managing Export Control in University Research and Technology Transfer


By David Schwartz
Published: March 14th, 2017

One of the most challenging elements of export control for university research and tech transfer offices is dealing with the transition of controls over technology and technical data. Under U.S. export control regulations, many common university research practices could put you at risk of thousands of dollars in civil or criminal fines or debarment from federal contracts if you haven’t received a “Deemed Export” or technology transfer license.

EAR/ITAR Compliance Workshop: Understanding and Managing Export Control in University Research and Technology Transfer, scheduled for March 23, is an interactive webinar that will review the EAR/ITAR regulations and discuss key definitions of terms related to deemed exports.

Additionally, you will learn about how to establish procedures that ensure you are informed of potential issues early on, allowing you to work with researchers and the export control office to manage them effectively. And at the bottom line, you’ll learn critical steps needed to make certain you can commercialize valuable IP without the threat of noncompliance.

Join expert Kay Ellis, MHR, director of the export control program with the University of Arizona, for this practical and essential webinar – for complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Webinar workshop: Determining Inventorship for University IP


By David Schwartz
Published: March 7th, 2017

While filing a patent involving sole inventorship is a breeze, it’s rarely the case in the university setting. Joint inventorship is more common, and it is necessary to evaluate whether the contribution of each individual in the lab — including students and post-docs — constitutes inventive activity according to the Patent Act.

Even more complexity arises when researchers and labs from more than one institution are involved, or when a scientist with a corporate partner has contributed to the innovation. Things can start to get sticky, egos get bruised, and relationships with key inventors and partners can get damaged. Additionally, incorrectly determining inventorship can lead to patenting and commercialization delays and huge, costly legal headaches.

That’s why our Distance Learning Division has partnered with Sherry L. Murphy from the law firm Myers Bigel for a critical, detailed webinar that will help you and your staff fully understand the parameters of each type of inventorship and avoid the damaging consequences of inventorship disputes. Join us on March 16th for Determining Inventorship for University IP. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Best Practices in Sponsored Research Management: A Distance Learning Training and Professional Development Collection


By David Schwartz
Published: March 7th, 2017

Effective management of sponsored research activity is a critical factor in the overall success of every university’s research enterprise. From attracting industry contracts and obtaining federal funding to avoiding conflicts of interest and complying with export control regulations, the challenges are diverse and complex – and the stakes are high in terms of research dollars, harsh non-compliance penalties, and the university’s reputation.

That’s why it is so important to identify and implement best practices and proven strategies – and why 2Market Information, publisher of Industry-Sponsored Research Week, has created the new Best Practices in Sponsored Research Management series.

This valuable series contains five topic-focused distance learning collections focused on critical issues in sponsored research management. Click on any of the individual collections below for details, or for information on the special pricing for the entire series, CLICK HERE >>

The five collections contained in the series are:

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EAR/ITAR Compliance Workshop: Understanding and Managing Export Control in University Research and Technology Transfer


By David Schwartz
Published: February 28th, 2017

One of the most challenging elements of export control for university research and tech transfer offices is dealing with the transition of controls over technology and technical data. Under U.S. export control regulations, many common university research practices could put you at risk of thousands of dollars in civil or criminal fines or debarment from federal contracts if you haven’t received a “Deemed Export” or technology transfer license.

EAR/ITAR Compliance Workshop: Understanding and Managing Export Control in University Research and Technology Transfer, scheduled for March 23, is an interactive webinar that will review the EAR/ITAR regulations and discuss key definitions of terms related to deemed exports. Additionally, you will learn about how to establish procedures that ensure you are informed of potential issues early on, allowing you to work with researchers and the export control office to manage them effectively.

And at the bottom line, you’ll learn critical steps needed to make certain you can commercialize valuable IP without the threat of noncompliance. Join expert Kay Ellis, MHR, director of the export control program with the University of Arizona, for this practical and essential webinar – for complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Best Practices in Material Transfer Agreement Management


By David Schwartz
Published: February 28th, 2017

Your university spends untold dollars and hours on negotiating terms and processing hundreds or even thousands of MTAs every year. And since MTAs can have serious ramifications in terms of rights to resulting inventions, for future licensing agreements and for publication rights, it’s not a process you should be taking lightly or rushing through. That’s why we’ve created Best Practices in Material Transfer Agreement Management. This highly-rated distance learning collection includes two practical programs that deliver specific strategies to help you manage your agreements, your time, and your IP. Here are more details on the two-program collection:

Program One: Material Transfer Agreement Management: Negotiation Strategies to Strengthen Legal Protection and Gain Efficiency. Features detailed guidance from two experts at the University of Iowa who have successfully addressed the MTA challenge and share their strategies with you.

Program Two: Managing Material Transfer Agreements: Key Practices for Saving Time and Money. The Vanderbilt University TTO’s home-grown MTAShare automated MTA management system enables an extremely streamlined process, slashing both paperwork and many hours of staff time associated with processing material transfer agreements. Find out how the university tackled its MTA workload, culminating in this time- and money-saving automated solution.

Purchasers on this outstanding collection get both programs in three formats – DVD, on-demand video and print transcript – so you can share them easily throughout your organization. Access to all of the original program materials including slideshows and handouts are also included. For complete details and to order, CLICK HERE.

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Webinar next Tuesday: Building International Sponsored Research Collaborations


By David Schwartz
Published: February 21st, 2017

Globalization has made the opportunities for research partnerships in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere more abundant than ever. But along with that opportunity come tremendous challenges and complexity. Unfamiliar cultural issues as well as critical differences and in contracting, compliance, and IP protection must be addressed.

To help you tap into the growing international opportunities for sponsored research deals — while also ensuring key issues surrounding IP and other contract terms are appropriately addressed — our Distance Learning Division has secured two experts to present this practical and essential webinar: Building International Sponsored Research Collaborations: Navigating Culture, Contracting, Compliance, and IP Protection, scheduled for next Tuesday, February 28th.

For complete program and faculty details or to register, CLICK HERE.

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Building International Sponsored Research Collaborations: Navigating Culture, Contracting, Compliance, and IP Protection


By David Schwartz
Published: February 14th, 2017

Globalization has made the opportunities for research partnerships in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere more abundant than ever. But along with that opportunity comes tremendous challenge and complexity. Along with the cultural issues, critical differences and challenges must be addressed in contracting, compliance, and IP protection.

To help you tap into the growing international opportunities for sponsored research deals — while also ensuring key issues surrounding IP and other contract terms are appropriately addressed — Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has secured two experts to present this practical and essential webinar: Building International Sponsored Research Collaborations: Navigating Culture, Contracting, Compliance, and IP Protection, scheduled for February 28th.

For complete program and faculty details or to register, CLICK HERE.

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Drafting and Negotiating IP Rights in Sponsored Research Agreements


By David Schwartz
Published: February 7th, 2017

When companies fund university innovations, many will seek ownership of the research results, including all IP rights, and sometimes even a portion of the future inventions created from the sponsored research. A properly executed sponsored research agreement is imperative to protect the university’s stake. Typically, an SRA will address ownership, licensing rights, confidentiality, rights to future IP, and enforcement of all IP rights. Each term and condition of the agreement requires expert analysis and negotiation.

That’s why our Distance Learning Division has created this critically important recorded distance learning program: Drafting and Negotiating IP Rights in Sponsored Research Agreements. Our experts — who have vast experience on both sides of the table — will examine key considerations and outline critical provisions, while offering best practices for drafting and negotiating SRAs that protect your university’s interests without turning off industry sponsors.

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