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Establishing an Effective Royalty Audit Process for University IP Licenses


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 29th, 2017

It’s a fact that royalties can and do get lost in translation, misinterpretation, error, confusion, and lack of oversight. Getting your royalty audit process right can help you avoid potential disputes while maintaining friendly, cooperative relationships with licensees. It can also preserve tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars that might otherwise slip away from your TTO.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division recruited two highly experienced royalty audit professionals to lead this critical session:Establishing an Effective Royalty Audit Process for University IP Licenses, scheduled for April 11. For complete program and faculty 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: March 29th, 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 Technology Transfer Tactics’ 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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Avoiding Legal Issues that Can Derail University Start-Ups


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 22nd, 2017

Launching university start-ups may seem like second nature to many tech transfer professionals, but keeping them protected from legal challenges is anything but simple. Each start-up has its own unique structure when it comes to IP protection, licensing agreements, partnerships and more, so a cookie-cutter approach won’t work.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has secured Joe Runge, a highly respected attorney who also handles the day-to-day business development management for UNeMed, to lead this important webinar: Avoiding Legal Issues that Can Derail University Start-Ups, scheduled for March 28. This thought-provoking program will teach you how to prepare for — and avoid — some of the toughest legal issues that face university start-ups today.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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EAR/ITAR Compliance Workshop: Understanding and Managing Export Control in University Research and Technology Transfer


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 15th, 2017

One of the most challenging elements of export control for university research and tech transfer offices is dealing with the transition of controls over technology and technical data. Under U.S. export control regulations, many common university research practices could put you at risk of thousands of dollars in civil or criminal fines or debarment from federal contracts if you haven’t received a “Deemed Export” or technology transfer license.

EAR/ITAR Compliance Workshop: Understanding and Managing Export Control in University Research and Technology Transfer, scheduled for March 23, is an interactive webinar that will review the EAR/ITAR regulations and discuss key definitions of terms related to deemed exports.

Additionally, you will learn about how to establish procedures that ensure you are informed of potential issues early on, allowing you to work with researchers and the export control office to manage them effectively. And at the bottom line, you’ll learn critical steps needed to make certain you can commercialize valuable IP without the threat of noncompliance.

Join expert Kay Ellis, MHR, director of the export control program with the University of Arizona, for this practical and essential webinar – for complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Next week: Determining Inventorship for University IP


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 8th, 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.

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 costly legal headaches.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has secured patent attorney Sherry L. Murphy of Myers Bigel to lead this important webinar: Determining Inventorship for University IP, scheduled for next Thursday, March 16.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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EAR/ITAR Compliance Workshop: Understanding and Managing Export Control in University Research and Technology Transfer


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 1st, 2017

One of the most challenging elements of export control for university research and tech transfer offices is dealing with the transition of controls over technology and technical data. Under U.S. export control regulations, many common university research practices could put you at risk of thousands of dollars in civil or criminal fines or debarment from federal contracts if you haven’t received a “Deemed Export” or technology transfer license.

EAR/ITAR Compliance Workshop: Understanding and Managing Export Control in University Research and Technology Transfer, scheduled for March 23, is an interactive webinar that will review the EAR/ITAR regulations and discuss key definitions of terms related to deemed exports. Additionally, you will learn about how to establish procedures that ensure you are informed of potential issues early on, allowing you to work with researchers and the export control office to manage them effectively.

And at the bottom line, you’ll learn critical steps needed to make certain you can commercialize valuable IP without the threat of noncompliance. Join expert Kay Ellis, MHR, director of the export control program with the University of Arizona, for this practical and essential webinar – for complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Determining Inventorship for University IP


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 22nd, 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.

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 costly legal headaches.

But, there are strict guidelines set forth in the Patent Act to determine inventorship. This important webinar will help you and your staff fully understand the parameters of each type of inventorship and avoid the damaging consequences of inventorship disputes. Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has secured patent attorney Sherry L. Murphy of Myers Bigel to lead this important webinar: Determining Inventorship for University IP, scheduled for March 16.

For complete details and 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 Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 22nd, 2017

Establishing, reviewing, and revising policies and practices that govern sensitive issues surrounding the commercialization of faculty research is no easy task. From IP ownership and conflicts of interest to faculty 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 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

For complete details or to order, CLICK HERE.

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Lessons Learned from Small Tech Transfer Offices That Pack a Big Punch


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 15th, 2017

Even though there are some drawbacks in being a smaller tech transfer office, there are some great advantages as well. For instance, a smaller office can be quicker, more efficient, more creative, and less bureaucratic.

By not having bountiful resources at their fingertips like some of the “big players,” these offices and their staffs are forced to be more creative with their commercialization flow, licensing deals and innovation triage, and financial and legal resources because they are always expected to do more with less. That dynamic often leads to innovative strategies and tactics — and ideas for saving time and money — that can benefit all TTOs, regardless of their size.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has secured two TTO directors from small offices to lead this practical, strategy-filled webinar: Lessons Learned from Small Tech Transfer Offices That Pack a Big Punch, scheduled for February 24th. For complete program and faculty details or to register, CLICK HERE.

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


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 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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Building International Sponsored Research Collaborations: Navigating Culture, Contracting, Compliance, and IP Protection


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 8th, 2017

Globalization has made the opportunities for research partnerships in Europe, Asia, and elsewhere more abundant than ever. But along with that opportunity comes tremendous challenge and complexity. Along with the cultural issues, critical differences and challenges must be addressed in contracting, compliance, and IP protection.

To help you 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 secured two experts to present this practical and essential webinar: Building International Sponsored Research Collaborations: Navigating Culture, Contracting, Compliance, and IP Protection, scheduled for February 28th.

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

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Lessons Learned from Small Tech Transfer Offices That Pack a Big Punch


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 1st, 2017

Even though there are some drawbacks in being a smaller tech transfer office, there are some great advantages as well. For instance, a smaller office can be quicker, more efficient, more creative, and less bureaucratic. By not having bountiful resources at their fingertips like some of the “big players,” these offices and their staffs are forced to be more creative with their commercialization flow, licensing deals and innovation triage, and financial and legal resources because they are always expected to do more with less. That dynamic often leads to innovative strategies and tactics — and ideas for saving time and money — that can benefit all TTOs, regardless of their size.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has secured two TTO directors from small offices to lead this practical, strategy-filled webinar: Lessons Learned from Small Tech Transfer Offices That Pack a Big Punch, scheduled for February 23rd.

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

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