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Start Up in a Box: Case Study of the Indiana University’s “SPIN UP” Program


By David Schwartz
Published: August 15th, 2017

Filling the gaps in funding, leadership, and operations support are major hurdles for faculty start ups. Coupled with a general lack of business acumen among faculty inventors, TTOs often struggle to mentor and support their faculty-led start-ups, and ultimately many end up failing due at least in part to these critical shortcomings.

The Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation (IURTC) has made great strides in overcoming these issues, particularly with its “Spin Up” program. Spin Up provides a wide range of support services that have helped produce a stellar record of success. Focusing on early-stage technologies, the goal is to create a steady pipeline of companies to create more chances at success — and it’s working. To date, 30 companies have been formed and over $6.2 million has been raised to support them.

Learn how you can broaden your ecosystem, create a strong pipeline of early-stage opportunities, and better support your faculty entrepreneurs by attending this case-study style webinar: Start Up in a Box: Case Study of the University of Indiana Research and Technology Corporation’s “SPIN UP” Program, scheduled for Wednesday, August 30.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Invention Disclosure Management: Proven Strategies for Boosting Quantity and Assessing Quality


By David Schwartz
Published: August 15th, 2017

Disclosures are the lifeblood of the university innovation cycle, and a huge portion of your TTO’s time is spent vetting and analyzing them for potential commercialization. On one hand, you don’t want to skim over your backlog and potentially miss a windfall. And on the other, too often you find yourself spinning your wheels on disclosures that just don’t make the grade to appease faculty egos.

Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has created a collection of three distance learning programs that target key disclosure management challenges, including faculty outreach and engagement, effective triage, and standardizing post-disclosure activity and communication.

Invention Disclosure Management: Proven Strategies for Boosting Quantity and Assessing Quality includes all presentations in three formats – DVD, on-demand video, and print transcript — so they can be shared conveniently throughout your organization when and how you wish. Also included are all handouts and powerpoints prepared by our expert faculty. For complete details and to order, CLICK HERE.

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Don’t miss Thursday’s webinar: Marketing Strategies that Attract and Engage Industry Partners


By David Schwartz
Published: August 8th, 2017

Seeking out and establishing industry partnerships shouldn’t wait until an innovation is patented — it should start at disclosure, and the marketing opportunities and efforts must continue to evolve with the technology through the pipeline. Re-evaluating the market space at critical intervals during the evolution of the technology, and involving multiple parties, dramatically increases your chances of getting your innovations to the marketplace.

That’s why we’ve scheduled a targeted, practical webinar program that will provide you with a wealth of how-to advice on developing your marketing strategies to attract and secure solid, long-term industry partnerships. Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division is partnering with two in-the-trenches experts from Emory University’s Office of Technology Transfer — Marketing Manager Quentin Thomas and Assistant Director of Licensing Cliff Michaels — to share their best practices for attracting lucrative corporate sponsorship agreements. Join them this Thursday, on August 10 for Marketing Strategies that Attract and Engage Industry Partners.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Opportunities and Pitfalls in Joint Development and Patent Licensing under the AIA


By David Schwartz
Published: August 1st, 2017

The America Invents Act created new benefits — but also some unexpected traps — in the patent laws surrounding university-industry collaborations. One key change involves carve-outs for “prior art” that would otherwise invalidate a patent. For example, the work of a “joint inventor” will be disregarded as prior art in certain circumstances. Likewise, an earlier-filed application does not count as prior art against a later-filed application if both applications were commonly owned (e.g., through a joint venture or partnership) at the time the second application was filed. This same prior-art avoidance can be achieved by entering into a “joint research agreement” without formally assigning ownership of the patent.

On the other hand, applicants must be aware of some traps in the law that can jeopardize the validity of patents. Filing an application in the name of the owner (as opposed to the inventor) may forfeit priority rights to a provisional application. Also, the Patent Office and the courts disagree whether a secret offer to sell the invention will be treated as prior art against the patent.

There’s much to consider, and Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has scheduled a practical webinar will clarify the risks and benefits facing universities and their industry partners seeking to license jointly developed innovations. Join us on August 3rd for Opportunities and Pitfalls in Joint Development and Patent Licensing under the AIA. For complete program and faculty details, CLICK HERE.

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Coming Thursday: Critical workshop on Bayh-Dole compliance


By David Schwartz
Published: July 25th, 2017

The compliance requirements of the Bayh-Dole Act have been a fact of life for universities for the past 37 years, and it’s easy to fall into a sense of complacency, assuming that what these well-establish rules are ingrained in the fabric of the institution. But in most cases, that’s a dangerous and most likely inaccurate assumption.

In fact, that is the conclusion of NIH officials, who have expressed increasing concern that many universities are not fully honoring their obligations to report inventions, provide confirmatory licenses, and submit utilization reports. Their alarm bells went off after their internal reviews noted a significant discrepancy between the number of grants awarded versus the number of subject inventions being reported.

Staff turnover, inadequate training, poor record keeping, and simple complacency all contribute to an alarming lack of compliance, and universities are being urged by both NIH and AUTM to redouble their compliance and auditing efforts. That’s why we’ve scheduled the critical webinar workshop, Bayh-Dole Compliance Check-up: Effectively Address the Challenge of Complacency, scheduled for this Thursday, July 27.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Marketing Strategies that Attract and Engage Industry Partners


By David Schwartz
Published: July 18th, 2017

Seeking out and establishing industry partnerships shouldn’t wait until an innovation is patented — it should start at disclosure, and the marketing opportunities and efforts must continue to evolve with the technology through the pipeline. Re-evaluating the market space at critical intervals during the evolution of the technology, and involving multiple parties, dramatically increases your chances of getting your innovations to the marketplace.

That’s why we’ve scheduled a targeted, practical webinar program that will provide you with a wealth of how-to advice on developing your marketing strategies to attract and secure solid, long-term industry partnerships.

Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division is partnering with two in-the-trenches experts from Emory University’s Office of Technology Transfer – Marketing Manager Quentin Thomas and Assistant Director of Licensing Cliff Michaels – to share their best practices for attracting lucrative corporate sponsorship agreements. Join them on August 10 for Marketing Strategies that Attract and Engage Industry Partners.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Managing Conflicts of Interest in the Commercialization of University Research


By David Schwartz
Published: July 18th, 2017

Managing conflicts of interest (COIs) between funding sources, faculty researchers, and the start-ups they create is always a tough challenge for tech transfer, sponsored research, and compliance offices that requires much coordination and careful handling. Although tech transfer and research managers recognize that conflicts are a given during the process of transferring IP either through a license agreement, spinout, or partnership, managing and mitigating those COIs is a seemingly never ending battle — and it’s fraught with danger not only for the university, but also for its faculty.

That’s why we’re created the three-session distance learning collection Managing Conflicts of Interest in the Commercialization of University Research, to provide a solid set of guidelines and proven strategies to ensure COI issues related to commercialization activity are addressed effectively. These three programs are included in the collection:

  • Blurred Lines and Gray Areas: Managing Conflicts of Interest in University Tech Transfer and Sponsored Research
  • Ensuring Compliance with Financial Conflict of Interest Regs
  • Best Practices for Managing Conflicts of Interest in Faculty Start Ups

For complete program and faculty details, or to order, CLICK HERE >>

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Best Practices in Preventing and Managing Research Fraud and Misconduct


By David Schwartz
Published: July 11th, 2017

Effective management of sponsored research is a critical factor in the overall success of every university’s research enterprise. From avoiding conflicts of interest to managing regulatory and fiscal responsibilities, 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 we’ve created this valuable collection of distance learning sessions: Best Practices in Preventing and Managing Research Fraud and Misconduct.

This collection comes with more than 30 pages of reference materials and includes these three strategy-packed programs:

  • Discovering, Reporting and Managing Fiscal Misconduct in University Research
  • Compliance Management and Fraud Prevention in Sponsored Research
  • Sponsored Research Compliance: Best Practices for Working with Auditors

For complete program and faculty details, CLICK HERE >>

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Bayh-Dole Compliance Check-up: Effectively Address the Challenge of Complacency


By David Schwartz
Published: June 27th, 2017

The compliance requirements of the Bayh-Dole Act have been a fact of life for universities for the past 37 years, and it’s easy to fall into a sense of complacency, assuming that what these well-establish rules are ingrained in the fabric of the institution. But in most cases, that’s a dangerous and most likely inaccurate assumption. In fact, that is the conclusion of NIH officials, who have expressed increasing concern that many universities are not fully honoring their obligations to report inventions, provide confirmatory licenses, and submit utilization reports.

Their alarm bells went off after their internal reviews noted a significant discrepancy between the number of grants awarded versus the number of subject inventions being reported.
Staff turnover, inadequate training, poor record keeping, and simple complacency all contribute to an alarming lack of compliance, and universities are being urged by both NIH and AUTM to redouble their compliance and auditing efforts – before the unthinkable happens.

That’s why we’ve scheduled the critical webinar workshop, Bayh-Dole Compliance Check-up: Effectively Address the Challenge of Complacency, scheduled for July 27.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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TOMORROW: Fostering University-Industry Alliances: Exploring the TTO’s Expanding Role


By David Schwartz
Published: June 20th, 2017

As more and more universities recognize the valuable linkages between the “old” role played by tech transfer offices and the industry partners that have become vital sources of research funding, the TTO’s role is expanding. Tech transfer execs that have embraced this broader vision are finding it offers both opportunities for professional growth as well as a huge trove of opportunities for the university research enterprise — funding opportunities, research partnerships, and regional business relationships.

But to meet the demands of these new opportunities, TTOs must be ready, willing and able to seek out and manage them. That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has scheduled this crucial 90-minute webinar, scheduled for TOMORROW June 21: Fostering University-Industry Alliances: Exploring the TTO’s Expanding Role. For complete program and faculty details or to register, CLICK HERE. It’s not too late to register but your must act now!

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


By David Schwartz
Published: June 20th, 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 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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Don’t miss tomorrow’s webinar: How to cultivate and manage research agreements with philanthropic organizations


By David Schwartz
Published: June 13th, 2017

It used to be that philanthropic organizations offered grants and little in the way of oversight or management of projects. But times have changed, research is big business, and today’s agreements with philanthropic groups present unique issues that can be extremely difficult to manage without the proper terms and stringent reporting systems in place. It may seem counterintuitive coming from a philanthropy standpoint, but each organization has its own unique agenda, contractual must-haves, IP issues, and financial requirements.

Few have dealt with these issues more than Katharine Ku of Stanford University. Tomorrow, she will lead the webinar Cultivating, Negotiating, and Managing Research Agreements with Philanthropic Organizations. Katharine has years of first-hand experience dealing with research agreements involving non-profits, and she is ready to present this practical session that will take a detailed look at the challenges of partnering with philanthropic organizations. It’s not too late to register, but you must act now! For complete details, CLICK HERE.

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