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Avoid SBIR/STTR Fraud and Abuse Allegations in University Research


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 10th, 2018

Fraud, waste and abuse are major concerns of the federal government, and the SBIR/STTR program is no exception. Every year, researchers, faculty members and small business owners are accused of fraud and misuse of funds resulting in disbarment, required return of funds and even criminal charges.

Whether fraudulent activity is intentional or not, allegations like these have a profound effect on the reputations of those involved and their ability to obtain future funding or attract start-up partners — and the universities involved can suffer a damaging PR backlash as well.

Research managers and TTOs play an important role in ensuring federal rules are followed, researchers are well educated on the proper handling of SBIR/STTR applications and funds, and compliance is tracked throughout the process. That’s why we’ve secured SBIR/STTR funding expert Kristen Parmelee, President of PCG, Inc., to lead this critical webinar on Wednesday, January 31st: Avoid SBIR/STTR Fraud and Abuse Allegations in University Research.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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IP Law Essentials for Principal Investigators, Faculty and Student Inventors


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 10th, 2018

It’s no secret that faculty researchers and student innovators don’t typically have a clear understanding of intellectual property law — but the consequences of simple errors that arise from lack of basic know-how can be devastating to future patent protection and commercialization plans.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has created IP Law Essentials for Principal Investigators, Faculty and Student Inventors, a 2-session primer on IP and patent law specifically designed for PIs and faculty or student inventors. The two programs — IP Law 101 and IP Law 201 — cover the patent law basics and then delve into more advance concepts involved in protecting IP created in university labs.

For complete details and to order, CLICK HERE >>

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Determining Inventorship for University IP


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 19th, 2017

The legal standard for inventorship is complex and can be particularly difficult in the context of university research. 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.

In an encore presentation of Determining Inventorship for University IP, our Distance Learning Division features highly respected patent attorney Sherry L. Murphy of Myers Bigel. The recorded program will be replayed on January 9th for those who missed the critical guidance provided in this highly rated program. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Best Practices for Bolstering Economic Development and Building Your University’s Innovation Ecosystem


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 19th, 2017

Universities worldwide are being called upon like never before to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and the commercialization of research — and to demonstrate the results of their efforts in terms of economic impact. Jobs and regional economic growth have become some of the new metrics for tech transfer organizations.

But large scale economic development initiatives come with equally large challenges, and that’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has compiled best practice advice from six top university-driven economic development efforts in the practical collection Best Practices for Bolstering Economic Development and Building Your University’s Innovation Ecosystem. In this outstanding distance learning resource, you get these four programs plus more than 50 pages of program materials:

  • SESSION 1: Creating An Accelerator Furnace for University Technology: Arizona State’s Success Story
  • SESSION 2: How To Build and Nurture an Innovation District
  • SESSION 3: Start-Up Accelerator Best Practices: Speed the Launch of Sustainable Businesses
  • SESSION 4: Transform Your TTO Into an Economic Development Engine

Learn how leading universities have made big strides in boosting their regional economies, building out their innovation ecosystems, and getting more research out of the lab and into the marketplace. You get all three convenient formats — DVD, On-Demand Video, and PDF Transcript — and receive unlimited access for you, your staff and faculty.

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

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Best Practices for Supporting Clinician Entrepreneurs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 12th, 2017

For most doctors and other clinician entrepreneurs, taking time from their practice and managing the ups and downs of the start-up rollercoaster is a real challenge — and one that can derail an innovation’s progress or stop a promising venture in its tracks. What many of these busy professionals desperately need is the TTO’s specialized support that equips them with critical resources, skills, experience, and leadership capacity.

Because clinicians are working tight schedules, it makes it that much harder to engage and mentor them, unearth their technologies and disclosures, and bring important potential medical advances forward. But UNeMed — the technology transfer arm of The University of Nebraska Medical Center — specializes in just that. They are in the midst of developing and ramping up an “innovation core” designed specifically for practicing clinicians.

If your university has a medical school, a nursing school, and/or affiliated health care organizations, you will not want to miss UNeMed Business Development Manager Joseph Runge, JD, MS, for this strategy-filled webinar scheduled for December 19: Best Practices for Supporting Clinician Entrepreneurs.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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From Start-Up to Scale-Up: Stimulating the Growth and Success of University Ventures


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 6th, 2017

Entire ecosystems have been created at universities worldwide and within their local regions in support of start-ups and economic growth. These research parks, accelerators, and innovation districts are the cornerstone of advancement for university-born technologies. And while these efforts have been successful, some forward-thinkers agree that start-up communities are just the beginning and create the perfect foundation for “scale-ups” — the path that holds the promise of exponential growth far beyond the boundaries of most university start-ups.

Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has joined up with start-up expert, Silicon Valley VC, and experienced technology commercialization advisor Chris Yeh to bring you a dynamic webinar that will provide a critical assessment of what it really takes to build-and scale-startup companies that private investors will find attractive. Mr. Yeh is the co-author, along with LinkedIn co-founder and chairman Reid Hoffman, of the forthcoming book “Blitzscaling,” based on the research that went into a popular course taught at Stanford University.

In the December 12th live webinar, From Start-Up to Scale-Up: Stimulating the Growth and Success of University Ventures, he’ll discuss what it takes to “blitzscale” a company, how to avoid common traps that cause university start-ups to falter, what VC investors are looking for, and establishing the milestones start-ups need to meet in order to scale and succeed. For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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University Technology Marketing Boot Camp on DVD


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 6th, 2017

The University Technology Marketing Bootcamp, featuring a panel of expert technology marketers, is now available on DVD, on-demand video, and print transcript. In the four one-hour sessions that make up the Boot Camp series, our top-notch 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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From Start-Up to Scale-Up: Stimulating the Growth and Success of University Ventures


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 29th, 2017

Entire ecosystems have been created at universities worldwide and within their local regions in support of start-ups and economic growth. These research parks, accelerators, and innovation districts are the cornerstone of advancement for university-born technologies. And while these efforts have been successful, some forward-thinkers agree that start-up communities are just the beginning and create the perfect foundation for “scale-ups” — the path that holds the promise of exponential growth far beyond the boundaries of most university start-ups.

Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has joined up with start-up expert, Silicon Valley VC, and experienced technology commercialization advisor Chris Yeh to bring you a dynamic webinar that will provide a critical assessment of what it really takes to build-and scale-startup companies that private investors will find attractive. Mr. Yeh is the co-author, along with LinkedIn co-founder and chairman Reid Hoffman, of the forthcoming book “Blitzscaling,” based on the research that went into a popular course taught at Stanford University.

In the December 12th live webinar, From Start-Up to Scale-Up: Stimulating the Growth and Success of University Ventures, he’ll discuss what it takes to “blitzscale” a company, how to avoid common traps that cause university start-ups to falter, what VC investors are looking for, and establishing the milestones start-ups need to meet in order to scale and succeed.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Coming Dec. 7th: Encore of Bayh-Dole compliance workshop


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 22nd, 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 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 a special encore presentation of the critical webinar workshop, Bayh-Dole Compliance Check-up: Effectively Address the Challenge of Complacency, scheduled for this December 7.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Managing University Patent Annuities: How to Save Money While Increasing Productivity


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 15th, 2017

As worldwide annuity payments consume a greater and greater portion of the patent budget for many universities, it is imperative to be able to accurately forecast and budget for these expenses – and keep them from spiraling out of control. Equally critical is making sure your staff doesn’t spend too much time tracking and managing annuity deadlines and payments, while also ensuring timeliness and 100% accuracy given the potential for surcharges, late fees, and even loss of patent rights.

For many TTOs, their outside law firm is still the default choice for handling annuities, but a growing number of offices are opting for less expensive options, including third-party providers and in-house management systems.

To help you weigh the options and determine what’s right for your organization — and potentially save tens of thousands of dollars across your IP portfolio – Tech Transfer Central has teamed up with Gregg Banninger, Patent Coordinator in the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign’s Office of Technology Management, to lead this essential webinar: Managing University Patent Annuities: How to Save Money While Increasing Productivity, scheduled for November 21.

For details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Encore presentation of CRISPR Confusion: A Legal and Practical Analysis for IP Professionals


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 8th, 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.

In June Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division featured 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: CRISPR Confusion: A Legal and Practical Analysis for IP Professionals. Based on extremely high interest and customer demand, we’re offering an encore of the recorded program on Tuesday, November 14. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Pre-Accelerators: How to Improve the Care and Feeding of On-Campus Entrepreneurs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 1st, 2017

In today’s fast-paced start-up environment, universities are exploring new ways to better capture and nurture early-stage ideas and innovations from both student and faculty entrepreneurs. But most have no formal place for those with very early ideas to fashion them into viable projects.

The idea behind a pre-accelerator is to provide the platform for these potential start-up founders — who are not yet ready for the rigors of an accelerator — to mold their ideas, create a step-by-step plan for commercialization, and develop lasting relationships with peers and mentors. One such program at the Virginia Commonwealth University is breaking down barriers to engage newly minted innovators and encourage them to explore the potential of their ideas. This university-wide program has been touted as “an important part in building a healthy start-up culture in the region” by local accelerators and has generated well over $1 million in funding while adding jobs in the region.

Technology Transfer Tactics has invited Nicole M. Monk, Director of the VCU Innovation Economy at Virginia Commonwealth University, to present a case-study style session that will give you a bird’s eye view into the VCU Pre-Accelerator’s inner workings and critical success factors. Join us on November 9 for Pre-Accelerators: How to Improve the Care and Feeding of On-Campus Entrepreneurs.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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