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Drafting Equity Terms for University-Based Start Ups


By David Schwartz
Published: October 17th, 2017

How you structure equity deals with faculty start-ups can have profound effects on both the new venture and the university’s ultimate stake in the fortunes of the company. The wrong moves in the initial license can scare off future investors and dampen the start-up’s prospects for long-term success, but terms that are too favorable for founders and investors can severely reduce the university’s returns when the business reaches a liquidity event.

Striking the right balance is a delicate challenge that requires a full understanding of the financial levers in the deal, and how each party will be impacted as the new venture gains value while taking on new partners — and a more complex cap table. Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with two university technology licensing experts to bring you this detailed, practical webinar: Drafting Equity Terms for University-Based Start Ups, scheduled for October 26.

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

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Webinar this Thursday: Ensuring Cybersecurity to Protect University IP Assets


By David Schwartz
Published: October 10th, 2017

The U.S. government recently identified cybersecurity as “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation,” and the threats are equally severe in countries across the globe. Recently press reports in Britain showed research universities there had experienced more than 1,100 hacking episodes over a one-year period, with cyber thieves targeting IP among other pieces of valuable information.

So what can you do to safeguard your trade secrets and IP? Technology Transfer Tactics and Industry-Sponsored Research Management have teamed up with a world expert on university cybersecurity from Baker Tilly to offer this critically important webinar: Ensuring Cybersecurity to Protect University IP Assets, scheduled for October 12.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Best Practices in Gaining SBIR/STTR Funding for University Technologies


By David Schwartz
Published: October 10th, 2017

The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs can be critical and significant sources of funding for university innovations and start-ups. With nearly $2 billion in funding being awarded each year, faculty innovators, start-up founders, TTO staff, and sponsored research managers must understand how to ensure their applications stand apart from the herd.

That’s why we’re offering this two-session distance learning resource: Best Practices in Gaining SBIR/STTR Funding for University Technologies. It includes these two outstanding, strategy-filled programs:

  • Dispelling SBIR/STTR Funding Myths and Misconceptions for University-Based Innovations. Many myths and misconceptions persist regarding how to apply, who can apply, what technologies are eligible, and how funds are awarded. SBIR/STTR funding consultant and former NIH scientific review officer Geoffrey White, PhD, dispels the myths and offers solid guidance on successful applications.
  • SBIR/STTR Funding: Strategies for Submitting a Winning Application. Knowing the critical factors that lead to success can make a huge difference in determining whether you get funded — and ultimately in whether your research or early-stage venture ever makes it to the commercial marketplace. This session identifies the four primary components to getting funded through these two highly competitive programs. It also addresses the key challenges facing SBIR/STTR applicants and offers expert guidance for planning ahead to ensure successful completion of major steps within the application process.

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Webinar tomorrow: Patent Eligibility of Software Innovations in a Post-Alice Environment


By David Schwartz
Published: October 3rd, 2017

Since the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice v. CLS Bank in 2014, protecting software innovations through the patent process has become more challenging and filled with uncertainty. However, the Federal Circuit and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) have increasingly decided cases interpreting the Alice decision, providing more clarity as well as specific examples of how claims can be structured to maneuver around the Alice decision’s restrictions.

Research and IP professionals need to be aware of the shifting sands of patent practice for software-related innovations so they can effectively evaluate software-related invention disclosures and craft the strongest, most defensible claims when making an investment in patent protection.

Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has teamed up with attorney Tyson Benson to lead this detailed session, scheduled for tomorrow, October 4th, that will feature dozens of critical strategies and takeaways: Patent Eligibility of Software Innovations in a Post-Alice Environment. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Ensuring Cybersecurity to Protect University IP Assets


By David Schwartz
Published: September 26th, 2017

The U.S. government recently identified cybersecurity as “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation,” and the threats are equally severe in countries across the globe. Recently press reports in Britain showed research universities there had experienced more than 1,100 hacking episodes over a one-year period, with cyber thieves targeting IP among other pieces of valuable information.

With the growing volume and sophistication of cyber attacks, a new level of effort and expertise is required to protect sensitive and confidential information related to your university’s IP assets. So what can you do to safeguard your trade secrets and IP?

Technology Transfer Tactics and Industry-Sponsored Research Management have teamed up with a world expert on university cybersecurity from Baker Tilly to offer this critically important webinar: Ensuring Cybersecurity to Protect University IP Assets, scheduled for October 12.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Best Practices in Material Transfer Agreement Management


By David Schwartz
Published: September 26th, 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.

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Next week: Best Practices for Safeguarding University IP When Structuring Deals in China


By David Schwartz
Published: September 19th, 2017

Business opportunities abound in China, both for licensing IP and for university start-ups seeking cost-effective manufacturing options for their products. And while the opportunities are significant and shouldn’t be ignored, neither should the fact that IP theft in China is still a huge problem — and universities need to protect their valuable IP.

Deals made in China can threaten IP rights not just in China, but in markets around the world. If your university is involved in the huge Chinese market or plans to be, it’s critical you understand China’s IP landscape and know how to manage key IP issues — and avert big problems that can demolish the value of your innovations.

That’s why we’ve scheduled an information-packed webinar with one of the world’s foremost experts on licensing and contracting in the Chinese market. Best Practices for Safeguarding University IP When Structuring Deals in China, scheduled for September 26, features Dan Harris, an attorney with Harris Bricken in Seattle. He will explore the nuts and bolts of constructing good business deals (including licensing deals) with Chinese partners, what your agreements should include, and how to minimize China-related IP risks. For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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The Guide to Commercializing Mobile Apps on Campus


By David Schwartz
Published: September 19th, 2017

For university TTOs, mobile apps present a tremendous opportunity for new revenues as well as new relationships with the hundreds of students and faculty creating apps on campus. But the fast-moving mobile app market is a different animal with its own unique challenges and complexities — as well as unfamiliar legal issues that can derail your efforts and lead to time-consuming, costly litigation.

The Guide to Commercializing Mobile Apps on Campus — a 4-session distance learning collection — is designed to help you tap into the massive apps marketplace as a way to enhance TTO revenue and better serve your student and faculty app developers. Along with over 4 hours of solid advice and takeaways, you’ll receive 50 pages of program materials created by the session leaders.

For complete details, CLICK HERE >>

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Ensuring Cybersecurity to Protect University IP Assets


By David Schwartz
Published: September 12th, 2017

The U.S. government recently identified cybersecurity as “one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation,” and the threats are equally severe in countries across the globe. Recently press reports in Britain showed research universities there had experienced more than 1,100 hacking episodes over a one-year period, with cyber thieves targeting IP among other pieces of valuable information.

With the growing volume and sophistication of cyber attacks, a new level of effort and expertise is required to protect sensitive and confidential information related to your university’s IP assets. Cybercriminals are releasing sensitive information, taking intellectual property to competitors, and engaging in online fraud. There are millions of dollars at stake associated with your IP’s protection, as well as your university’s reputation, future research opportunities, and industry partnerships. Even as universities redouble their efforts to “lock down” sensitive information, malicious attacks often outpace security patches. So what can you do to safeguard your trade secrets and IP?

Technology Transfer Tactics and Industry-Sponsored Research Management have teamed up with a world expert on university cybersecurity from Baker Tilly to offer this critically important webinar: Ensuring Cybersecurity to Protect University IP Assets, scheduled for October 12.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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The University-Industry Partnership Distance Learning Collection


By David Schwartz
Published: September 12th, 2017

In this 4-session distance learning collection, top experts outline proven strategies and best practices for drafting partnership agreements, managing COIs, and gaining both new licensing dollars and critical economic development benefits. The University-Industry Partnership Distance Learning Collection includes these four detailed programs:

  • Best Practices for Drafting University-Industry Partnership R&D Agreements
  • Managing Conflicts of Interest in Large-Scale Industry Partnerships
  • The Anatomy of a Great Industry-University Partnership
  • New Models of University-Industry Partnership: U Minnesota’s “MN-IP Create” and “Try and Buy” Programs

To make this outstanding collection most useful to you and your organization, with your purchase you receive all programs on DVD, as well as on-demand video and print transcript. You also receive all program supplemental materials. For complete details on this valuable collection, CLICK HERE.

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TOMORROW: Sovereign Immunity as Inter Partes Defense: Legal Guidance and Analysis of Impact on Licensing


By David Schwartz
Published: September 5th, 2017

Legal analysts predict the use of a sovereign immunity defense against inter partes patent challenges will become a reliable strategy for state universities and research institutions — and recent cases appear to support that view. Having the option in their back pocket also opens up the potential for state universities to more easily market their IP to risk-averse licensees, as well as demand a premium when it comes to negotiating terms and royalties.

The University of Florida has led the way by recently using the sovereign immunity defense to successfully end an inter partes challenge, and the University of Maryland soon followed with more to come. But as with most aspects of patent law, it’s not a simple proposition. Timing of your response, joint inventorship, IP ownership entity, and prior legal filings can all impact your defense, and one mistake can mean a waiver of sovereign immunity.

That’s why we’ve asked three expert attorneys — including the counsel of record in the UF case — to lead this critical webinar: Sovereign Immunity as Inter Partes Defense: Legal Guidance and Analysis of Impact on Licensing. For complete program and faculty details or to register, CLICK HERE.

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Policy and Practice Governing Faculty Inventors: Protecting Your University While Building Solid Relationships for Lasting Success


By David Schwartz
Published: September 5th, 2017

Establishing, reviewing, and revising policies and practices that govern sensitive issues surrounding the the commercialization of faculty research is no easy task. From IP ownership and conflicts of interest to commercialization incentives and disclosure management challenges, the policies and strategies you use form the foundation of your faculty relationships while also serving as a firewall against compliance problems, legal disputes, and public relations nightmares.

Policy and Practice Governing Faculty Inventors: Protecting Your University While Building Solid Relationships for Lasting Success is a four-hour collection of distance learning programs that identifies best practices and proven strategies from your peers across the country who have successfully tackled policy issues and implemented key practices and procedures to protect the university while also building solid relationships with inventive faculty.

The four programs included in the collection are:

  • Blurred Lines and Gray Areas: Managing Conflicts of Interest in University Tech Transfer and Sponsored Research
  • Departing Faculty: How to Protect University IP, Avoid Legal Disputes, and Preserve Funding
  • Amending University IP Ownership Policies to Boost Disclosures and Corporate Interest
  • Incentivizing University Faculty for Commercialization Activity

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