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Preserving Sponsored Research Integrity: Fortifying Contractual Language and University Policy to Prevent Bias and COI


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 23rd, 2018

Research collaborations between universities and industry offer critical benefits to both parties. But, these complex agreements come with great responsibility related to the integrity of research data, and the principal investigator’s ability to conduct, review and publish the research independently and without the any hint of bias.

As more for-profit actors are added to the research stage, the spotlight also focuses more directly on the various conflicts of interest that can harm reputations and bring research partnerships to a screeching halt.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has secured two experts from UNeMed to present this detailed webinar: Preserving Sponsored Research Integrity: Fortifying Contractual Language and University Policy to Prevent Bias and COI.

This critical program – coming next Tuesday, May 29, will dive into best practices that universities can draw upon to ensure their research and technologies are well protected by contractual language as well as compliance and integrity policies.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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International Collaborations and IP Protection


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 23rd, 2018

To help universities 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 created International Collaborations and IP Protection, and exclusive collection containing over 3 hours of expert advice, immediately implementable takeaways, and cost-saving solutions on this critical topic.

Here’s what’s included in this high-value collection.

  • Session One: Best Practices for Safeguarding University IP When Structuring Deals in China
  • Session Two: Building International Sponsored Research Collaborations: Navigating Culture, Contracting, Compliance, and IP Protection
  • Session Three: Best Practices for Cost-Effective Filing of PCT and EPO Patent Applications

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

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The Founder’s Pie Calculator Workshop: How to Ensure Founders Get their Fair Share of Equity


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 16th, 2018

When starting a company, you have to decide who owns what. And that starts with calculating equity among the founders. While most approach this task logically by splitting equity equally, in the long run that can be detrimental to the company and founders at critical points during the company’s lifespan.

Why? Because some founders simply bring more to the table than others and should compensated as such. This is particularly true for university start-ups, which are more likely to have multiple founders — and where a faculty founder may have wildly different roles and responsibilities, as well as the IP contribution, when compared with a co-founding entrepreneur.

While it sounds like an unpleasant conversation, the tools provided in The Founder’s Pie Calculator Workshop: How to Ensure Founders Get their Fair Share of Equity, a webinar schedule for June 28, will make the task of equity division logical, simple, and fair.

Please join Frank Demmler, adjunct teaching professor of entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University, for this 90-minute webinar workshop. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Enhance University-Industry Collaboration: Case Study of UGA’s Industry Engagement Team and Industry Express Program


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 9th, 2018

The University of Georgia has made it a key priority to enhance industry partnerships based on a model that is “relationship-focused” rather than transactional — and it’s paying off in new sponsored research agreements and other valuable linkages that are sowing the seeds of long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships.

One notable recent effort of the UGA Industry Engagement team is the Industry Express program. This new program benefits industry partners by making the negotiation of research agreements a faster and more transparent process, with three options featuring well-defined terms that help eliminate uncertainty about licensing costs.

Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has secured two of UGA’s research leaders to present this detailed, case study webinar: Enhance University-Industry Collaboration: Case Study of UGA’s Industry Engagement Team and Industry Express Program, scheduled for June 14. You’re invited to join Crystal Leach, PhD, Director of Industry Collaborations, and Cory Acuff, PhD, Associate Director of Licensing, for an inside look at UGA’s key initiative and strategies.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Preserving Sponsored Research Integrity: Fortifying Contractual Language and University Policy to Prevent Bias and COI


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 2nd, 2018

Research collaborations between universities and industry have become commonplace and often offer critical benefits to both parties, advancing potentially valuable technologies that may have otherwise been delayed or discontinued. But, these complex agreements come with great responsibility related to the integrity of research data, and the principal investigator’s ability to conduct, review and publish the research independently and without any hint of bias.

As more for-profit actors are added to the research stage, the spotlight also focuses more directly on the various conflicts of interest that can harm reputations and bring research partnerships to a screeching halt. That’s why our Distance Learning Division has secured two experts from UNeMed — the University Nebraska Medical Center’s tech transfer arm — to present this important, detailed webinar: Preserving Sponsored Research Integrity: Preserving Sponsored Research Integrity: Fortifying Contractual Language and University Policy to Prevent Bias and COI, scheduled for May 29.

This critical program will dive into best practices that universities can draw upon to ensure the integrity of their corporate-sponsored research through carefully drafted contractual language as well as optimal compliance and COI policies.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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The Evolving State of Sovereign Immunity Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 25th, 2018

A handful of state universities have used the Sovereign Immunity granted in the U.S. Constitution to shield them from inter partes review challenges at the federal Patent Trial and Appeal Board. While in several cases these universities have been successful with this defense strategy, experts warn not to put too much faith in it for the long run as the law appears to be in flux and in some ways untested.

In one recent case, for example, PTAB ruled that the University of Minnesota had waived its rights by simply filing an earlier infringement action in a district court. In addition, pharma company strategies to sell patents to American Indian tribes in order to avail themselves of 11th Amendment protection are muddying the waters even further.

It appears that sovereign immunity may add value to state university patents by reducing the risk of an IPR challenge, but at this point it’s not an ironclad defense. That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has partnered with Tyson Benson, Associate with Harness, Dickey and Pierce, PLC, for this critical webinar update: The Evolving State of Sovereign Immunity Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, scheduled for May 3rd.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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University Technology Marketing Boot Camp on DVD


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 25th, 2018

The University Technology Marketing Bootcamp, featuring a panel of expert technology marketers, is available on DVD, on-demand video, and print transcript. In the four one-hour sessions that make up the Boot Camp series, our panelists lead you through the marketing process from disclosure assessment and how to pack a punch with your creative writing to budgeting, maximizing return on your marketing investment, and analyzing your results. The four sessions are:

  • Session One: Understanding Your Technology, Inventor and Market
  • Session Two: Marketing Writing Best Practices
  • Session Three: Marketing by Channel
  • Session Four: Content Strategy and Analytics

The recorded Boot Camp series includes all handout materials and comes in all three formats so you can conveniently share it with all staff whenever and how you choose. For complete program and faculty details, CLICK HERE >>

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How to Best Structure University Start-Ups for Long Term Success


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 18th, 2018

When transitioning IP from the lab into a start-up business, the decision regarding how to structure that business is an important one – in fact, it can have a profound impact on the long-term success of the company. Why? Because the structure you ultimately choose will either help or limit your ability to raise capital. It may also subject you to, or shield you from, federal duties and taxes. And lastly, it will either protect personal assets from creditors or allow them the right to pierce the corporate veil.

For university-based start-ups, it’s even more vital to properly define the business structure so the university and other major stakeholders understand the risks and benefits of moving IP from lab to start-up and beyond. On April 26th, join Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division and our expert team of presenters for How to Best Structure University Start-Ups for Long Term Success. They’ll conduct a deep-dive webinar workshop into the various business types, their pros and cons, and their impact on key business issues.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Next Week: When All Else Fails: How, When and Why to Terminate an IP License


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 11th, 2018

No one wants to terminate a license. Sometimes, however, in the face of a licensee’s failure to move a technology forward, it’s the best option available to give your IP a fighting chance to make it to the marketplace. Other precipitating factors may include bankruptcy, breach of contract, non-performance, or royalty payment disputes.

It’s not a decision you can take lightly — there are many factors at stake, including the risk of souring your relationship with the licensee, who may be a faculty member or corporation in good standing. It’s critical to communicate effectively, while making sure all the proper steps have been taken in accordance with the terms outlined in the agreement. It’s a sticky situation, but one that your TTO can emerge from with relationships and IP intact if handled correctly.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has scheduled this important webinar being led by Seema Levy, JD, Assistant Director of Research Initiatives and Risk Management at SUNY’s Stony Brook University: When All Else Fails: How, When and Why to Terminate an IP License, scheduled for April 19. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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LLC, LP, C-Corp, S-Corp, Oh My! How to Best Structure University Start-Ups for Long Term Success


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 4th, 2018

When transitioning IP from the lab into a start-up business, the decision regarding how to structure that business is an important one – in fact, it can have a profound impact on the long-term success of the company. Why? Because the structure you ultimately choose will either help or limit your ability to raise capital. It may also subject you to, or shield you from, federal duties and taxes. And lastly, it will either protect personal assets from creditors or allow them the right to pierce the corporate veil.

For university-based start-ups, it’s even more vital to properly define the business structure so the university and other major stakeholders understand the risks and benefits of moving IP from lab to start-up and beyond. On April 26th, join Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division and our expert team of presenters for How to Best Structure University Start-Ups for Long Term Success. They’ll conduct a deep-dive webinar workshop into the various business types, their pros and cons, and their impact on key business issues.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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When All Else Fails: How, When and Why to Terminate an IP License


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 28th, 2018

No one wants to terminate a license. Sometimes, however, in the face of a licensee’s failure to move a technology forward, it’s the best option available to give your IP a fighting chance to make it to the marketplace. Other precipitating factors may include bankruptcy, breach of contract, non-performance, or royalty payment disputes.

It’s not a decision you can take lightly — there are many factors at stake, including the risk of souring your relationship with the licensee, who may be a faculty member, student or local corporation in good standing. It’s critical to communicate effectively, while making sure all the proper steps have been taken in accordance with the terms outlined in the agreement. It’s a sticky situation, but one that your TTO can emerge from with relationships and IP intact if handled correctly.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has scheduled this important webinar being led by Seema Levy, JD, Assistant Director of Research Initiatives and Risk Management at SUNY’s Stony Brook University: When All Else Fails: How, When and Why to Terminate an IP License, scheduled for April 19. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Managing Compliance Challenges Associated with Research Gifts


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 21st, 2018

When it comes to funding in the form of research gifts, there’s no such thing as “no strings attached.” Without solid systems and procedures in place, gifts can quickly turn into a compliance nightmare that can damage the university’s reputation as well as its prospects for future funding.

Proper management of funds relies heavily upon clear and concise university policy to correctly classify and process all gifts, and ensure acceptable levels of accountability and stewardship. It also requires that faculty have a clear understanding of COI and disclosure rules related to gifts, and that IP issues be clarified with the donor.

The critical webinar Managing Compliance Challenges Associated with Research Gifts is scheduled for March 29. The program will be led by Rupinder Grewal, Conflict of Interest Officer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Shawna Vogel, Director of Grant & Contract Administration, MIT Office of Sponsored Programs.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE:

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