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Technology Transfer Tactics, November 2010 Issue


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Technology Transfer Tactics,
Vol. 4, No. 11 (pp 161-176) November 2010

  • Tenure polices slowly shifting to support commercialization activity. It’s tough enough to get promising innovations translated into commercial success without having bright, young professors discouraged from even considering the potential of technology transfer, but experts tell TTT that’s exactly what’s happening.
  • In unique deal, USC auctions an exclusive license and retains patent. The USC Stevens Institute for Innovation at the University of Southern California took a chance on a new way to commercialize its technology, and the experiment — a one-shot auction rather than an ongoing, structured license — succeeded to the tune of $7.7 million.
  • RPI encourages undergrad innovation with simplified license agreement. Imagine receiving an undergraduate degree with a provisional patent and a license to your technology already in your pocket. That’s the alluring proposition promoted by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, NY, where the student body is heavily concentrated in engineering, information technology, and science.
  • Boise State uses ‘Innovation Teams’ to assess IP market potential. At many universities, tight budgets and limited staff force technology transfer managers to use often incomplete information to make hard, quick decisions about the commercialization potential of intellectual property. The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) at Boise State University created its Innovation Team program to address this problem by gauging market opportunities for IP using paid multidisciplinary faculty/student teams.
  • Legal Q&A: Two years after disclosure, technology finally garners interest but inventor wants the rights returned.
  • TTO adds satellite office for faculty ‘drop-ins.’ With offices often located far from the researchers and labs they must court for disclosures and early notice of innovations, many TTOs labor in relative obscurity, hidden away from the internal customers they must rub shoulders with to succeed.

Posted November 16th, 2010