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U Pittsburgh start-up is developing a solution to the superbug crisis


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 10th, 2018

A University of Pittsburgh start-up is developing a technology to prevent a superbug epidemic. continue reading »

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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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UC Davis spinout takes license for advanced system to detect chemicals in the environment


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 10th, 2018

The University of California (UC) at Davis has licensed a technology that identifies a wide range of chemicals from environmental samples. continue reading »

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Group of UK universities band together to advance technology transfer in the Midlands region


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 10th, 2018

Midlands Innovation, a group of eight UK universities, is launching an initiative to accelerate the commercialization of university technologies by banding together for greater reach to attract both capital and industry. continue reading »

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U Nevada prof publishes book on the effect of financial motives in university research


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 10th, 2018

In his recent book, a University of Nevada assistant professor seeks to discern how the emergence of a profit motive in the field of university research affects the work of academic scientists. continue reading »

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Yale researchers are developing a faster, more accurate test for viral infections


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 10th, 2018

Researchers at Yale University are developing a way to quickly determine whether an infection is viral, potentially reducing the unnecessary use of antibiotics. continue reading »

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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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Alevca Ocular licenses technologies from Case Western Reserve to develop new ophthalmological drugs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 10th, 2018

Early-stage drug company Alevca Ocular has licensed four technologies from Case Western Reserve University that they hope will lead to new ophthalmological treatments. continue reading »

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A U of Michigan start-up is getting a lot of attention (and funding) for its self-driving shuttles


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 10th, 2018

While the big automakers fall all over themselves to gain an advantage in the driverless vehicle market, a small University of Michigan (U-M) start-up has already lapped them, testing its driverless shuttles on the streets of Detroit, and it doesn’t plan on stopping there. continue reading »

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Comings and goings


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 10th, 2018

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the appointment of Chanette Armstrong as the Department of Energy’s Director of the Office of Technology Transitions (OTT). “Ms. Armstrong’s engineering background coupled with her extensive private sector experience makes her an outstanding appointment for OTT Director,” said Perry. “The Department of Energy is already one of the largest supporters of technology transfer within the federal government, and I’m confident that under her leadership, we’ll further accelerate innovation and advance commercialization for the benefit of the American people.”  

As the Director of the OTT, Ms. Armstrong’s responsibilities will extend across DOE’s program offices, its 17 national labs and its other research and production facilities. She will also oversee DOE’s Energy Investor Center, the Technology Commercialization Fund, and the coordination of technology transfer activities and best practices across the DOE complex. She will also serve as the U.S. DOE Technology Transfer Coordinator, an advisor to Perry on technology transfer and commercialization activities. Ms. Armstrong will oversee and advance the DOE’s efforts to spur innovation and accelerate the commercialization of early-stage technologies from the DOE’s laboratories to the marketplace.

Armstrong is a registered patent attorney, holding a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon University, an M.B.A. from Long Island University, and a J.D. from State University of New Jersey-Rutgers Law School. She had most recently served as Chief Legal Counsel for Virtual Dental Care Inc., a teledentistry company, and prior to that she worked for 12 years as head IP counsel for Sage Software, Inc.

Source: Energy.gov

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The University City Science Center, a Philadelphia nonprofit that supports innovation and tech transfer, has announced its President and CEO Stephen S. Tang will step down.

Craig R. Carnaroli, board chairman at the Science Center, comments, “Over the past 10 years, Steve has led a strategic plan designed to transform the Science Center from a traditional real-estate focused research park to an innovation powerhouse, and, in the process, reconnected the Science Center to its original mission and shareholders.

“During Steve’s tenure,” adds Carnaroli, the Science Center has launched new programs to support technology commercialization, strengthened partnerships with the region’s academic and research institutions and launched the largest campus expansion in our 55-year history. Together these initiatives have positioned the Science Center as a leading tech-based economic development organization in the Greater Philadelphia region. On behalf of the Science Center’s Board of Directors, I thank Steve for his dedicated leadership and service and wish him the best in the next chapter of his successful career.”

Upon leaving his current post, Tang will join OraSure Technologies, a developer of oral fluid specimen collection devices, to serve as CEO.

“It was an extremely difficult decision to leave the Science Center,” says Tang. “I’ve been privileged to work with a dedicated Board and lead a talented group of colleagues who are committed to the Science Center’s mission of inspiring and leading a diverse and inclusive community of innovation and entrepreneurship that nurtures and scales economic development through technology commercialization, business growth and civic engagement. I am excited about the Science Center’s future and momentum, and believe the foundation has been laid for continued growth and success.”

Source: Science Center

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Purdue files patent infringement suit against Japanese health device company


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 19th, 2017

Purdue University has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against a Japanese maker of blood pressure monitors.

Purdue alleges that Omron Corp. and Omron Healthcare Co. are knowingly infringing on technologies developed by biotechnology professor Leslie Geddes, who passed away in 2009, and Rebecca Roeder, who worked with Leslie as a graduate student.

Over the years, Geddes’ inventions have generated tens of millions of dollars in royalties for Purdue. In the lawsuit, Purdue claims that Omron uses Geddes’ patented, non-invasive technologies in a number of its blood pressure monitors, which have been ranked highly by several sites including Consumer Reports and can be easily purchased online.

“Defendants’ direct infringement of the [Geddes] patent has caused, and will continue to cause, substantial and irreparable damage to Purdue,” the lawsuit says. Purdue is seeking damages, royalties, interest and legal costs from Omron, although specific dollar figures have not been revealed.

Source: The Exponent

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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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