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Don’t miss it next week — CRISPR Confusion: A Legal and Practical Analysis for IP Professionals


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 21st, 2017

CRISPR technology holds the promise of providing researchers and technologists with the most powerful genetic tool since the biotechnology revolution began forty years ago. However, legal disputes over patent rights have clouded the prospects for broad dissemination of the technology. In particular, the two university owners of the patents and applications for CRISPR, MIT/Harvard’s Broad Institute and the University of California-Berkeley, have been locked in a bitter interference over which group of inventors has priority.

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board decided earlier this spring that there was no interference between the competing claims. But this is not a best outcome for potential licensees, leaving open the prospect that separate licenses will be needed from both patent owners. The case has not only complicated the promulgation and commercialization of CRISPR-based research, it is also raising important issues surrounding patent practice and licensing, particularly in biotech.

Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has recruited Kevin E. Noonan, partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and Chair of the firm’s Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals Practice Group, to lead this critical and timely webinar, scheduled for June 27th: CRISPR Confusion: A Legal and Practical Analysis for IP Professionals. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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The Guide to Discovering, De-Risking and Commercializing Mobile Apps on Campus


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 21st, 2017

The ever expanding market for mobile apps presents technology transfer offices with a tremendous opportunity for new revenues as well as new relationships with students and faculty creating apps on campus. However, many TTOs aren’t up to speed on how to turn apps into something tangible, protect the IP if possible, deal with developers, distributors and app stores, and do it efficiently enough and with enough volume that it is both meaningful and doesn’t overly tax your already overloaded staff.

To help you exploit this opportunity as well as avoid common and costly mistakes along the way, Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has created a detailed, how-to distance learning collection: The Guide to Discovering, De-Risking and Commercializing Mobile Apps on Campus.

Our expert presenters will help you tap into this proven revenue-enhancing trend and better serve your student and faculty app developers. The collection’s three sessions include 3½ hours of solid advice and actionable takeaways, along with more than 35 pages of program materials created by the session leaders. For complete details CLICK HERE >>

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CRISPR Confusion: A Legal and Practical Analysis for IP Professionals


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 14th, 2017

CRISPR technology holds the promise of providing researchers and technologists with the most powerful genetic tool since the biotechnology revolution began forty years ago. However, legal disputes over patent rights have clouded the prospects for broad dissemination of the technology. In particular, the two university owners of the patents and applications for CRISPR, MIT/Harvard’s Broad Institute and the University of California-Berkeley, have been locked in a bitter interference over which group of inventors has priority.

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board decided earlier this spring that there was no interference between the competing claims. But this is not a best outcome for potential licensees, leaving open the prospect that separate licenses will be needed from both patent owners. The case has not only complicated the promulgation and commercialization of CRISPR-based research, it is also raising important issues surrounding patent practice and licensing, particularly in biotech.

Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has recruited Kevin E. Noonan, partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and Chair of the firm’s Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals Practice Group, to lead this critical and timely webinar, scheduled for June 27th: CRISPR Confusion: A Legal and Practical Analysis for IP Professionals.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Next Week: Stanford’s Katharine Ku to share best practices for managing research agreements with philanthropic organizations


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 7th, 2017

Our Distance Learning Division is pleased to welcome Katharine Ku of Stanford University as the program leader for Cultivating, Negotiating, and Managing Research Agreements with Philanthropic Organizations, scheduled for next Wednesday, June 14. Katharine has years of first-hand experience dealing with research agreements involving non-profits, and she is ready to present this practical session.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 31st, 2017

In the not so distant past, the tech transfer office’s role was distinct and well defined: move disclosures through the pipeline to either licensing, start-up formation or to the storage shelf and obtain appropriate patent protection. Of course there’s so much more to it, but the broad outline was clear, with well marked borders.

But as more and more universities recognize the valuable linkages between the “old” role played by TTOs and the industry partners that have become vital sources of research funding, that 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, you and your office 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 June 21: Fostering University-Industry Alliances: Exploring the TTO’s Expanding Role. For complete program and faculty details or to register, CLICK HERE.

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CRISPR Confusion: A Legal and Practical Analysis for IP Professionals


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 24th, 2017

CRISPR technology holds the promise of providing researchers and technologists with the most powerful genetic tool since the biotechnology revolution began forty years ago. However, legal disputes over patent rights have clouded the prospects for broad dissemination of the technology. In particular, the two university owners of the patents and applications for CRISPR, MIT/Harvard’s Broad Institute and the University of California-Berkeley, have been locked in a bitter interference over which group of inventors has priority.

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board decided earlier this spring that there was no interference between the competing claims. But this is not a best outcome for potential licensees, leaving open the prospect that separate licenses will be needed from both patent owners. The case has not only complicated the promulgation and commercialization of CRISPR-based research, it is also raising important issues surrounding patent practice and licensing, particularly in biotech.

Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has recruited Kevin E. Noonan, partner with McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP and Chair of the firm’s Biotechnology & Pharmaceuticals Practice Group, to lead this critical and timely webinar, scheduled for June 27th: CRISPR Confusion: A Legal and Practical Analysis for IP Professionals. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Managing Conflicts of Interest in the Commercialization of University Research


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 24th, 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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Stanford’s Katharine Ku to lead program on research agreements with philanthropic organizations


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 17th, 2017

Our Distance Learning Division is pleased to announce Katharine Ku of Stanford University as the program leader for Cultivating, Negotiating, and Managing Research Agreements with Philanthropic Organizations, scheduled for June 14. 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 specific issues to consider before entering into a partnering deal.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Coming Tuesday: Case Study of the Penn State Innovation Gateway


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 10th, 2017

Penn State University’s Innovation Gateway — a new online platform that helps researchers and industry research sponsors find each other — is being hailed as a major advance by faculty, corporate partners, and university administrators. The new platform provides a standardized way for faculty to present research approaches and possible solutions to industry challenges — and it gives industry a way to pose those challenges to university labs.

To help you learn from PSU’s experience, Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division is presenting a case-study style webinar that will provide a deep-dive into the concept, development, funding and management of the Innovation Gateway and its curated list of potential partners. Join us next Tuesday, May 16th for Connecting University Research to Industry Funding Sources: Case Study of the Penn State Innovation Gateway.

For details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Connecting University Research to Industry Funding Sources: Case Study of the Penn State Innovation Gateway


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 3rd, 2017

Penn State University’s Innovation Gateway — a new online platform that helps researchers and industry research sponsors find each other — is being hailed as a major advance by faculty, corporate partners, and university administrators. The new platform provides a standardized way for faculty to present research approaches and possible solutions to industry challenges — and it gives industry a way to pose those challenges to university labs.

By capturing researcher interests and expertise, Innovation Gateway matches the researcher with relevant industry opportunities. At PSU, corporate partners who use the gateway gain access to over 5,000 researcher ideas that span 24 campuses.

To help you learn from PSU’s experience, Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division is presenting a case-study style webinar that will provide a deep-dive into the concept, development, funding and management of the Innovation Gateway and its curated list of potential partners. Join us on May 16th for Connecting University Research to Industry Funding Sources: Case Study of the Penn State Innovation Gateway.

For details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Connecting University Research to Industry Funding Sources: Case Study of the Penn State Innovation Gateway


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 26th, 2017

Penn State University’s Innovation Gateway — a new online platform that help researchers and industry research sponsors find each other — is being hailed as a major advance by faculty, corporate partners, and university administrators. The new platform provides a standardized way for faculty to present research approaches and possible solutions to industry challenges — and it gives industry a way to pose those challenges to university labs.

By capturing researcher interests and expertise, Innovation Gateway matches the researcher with relevant industry opportunities. At Penn State, corporate partners who use the gateway gain access to over 5,000 researcher ideas that span 24 campuses. To help you learn from Penn States’s experience, Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division is presenting a case-study style webinar that will provide a deep-dive into the concept, development, funding and management of the Innovation Gateway and its curated list of potential partners.

Join us on May 16th for Connecting University Research to Industry Funding Sources: Case Study of the Penn State Innovation Gateway.

For details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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University Innovation Pitching Workshop: Teaching Researchers How to Tailor Presentations for Funding, Licensing and Start-Up


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 19th, 2017

A key role for TTO staff is to engage researchers and guide them through the unfamiliar task of marketing and pitching their discoveries — including pitching to the TTO itself as a disclosure designed to generate excitement, support, and a clearly expressed path to market. Beyond that, the pitches they prepare for angels and VCs, research partners, grants and contests will be very different than those constructed for the TTO. By learning about each of these critical marketing challenges, your researchers will gain a better understanding of how to tailor their pitch to different audiences successfully.

That’s why 2Market Information’s Distance Learning Division has scheduled a fast-paced webinar filled with immediately usable takeaways: University Innovation Pitching Workshop: Teaching Researchers How to Tailor Presentations for Funding, Licensing and Start-Up. Scheduled for May 2nd and featuring Louis Berneman of Osage University Partners, we’ve designed this session to drill down to the nitty gritty of pitching innovations while leaving ample time for a lively, interactive Q&A.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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