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Technology Transfer Tactics, December 2017 Issue

Technology Transfer Tactics, December 2017 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the December 2017 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter. If you are already a current subscriber click here to log in and access your issue. Not a subscriber already? Subscribe now and get access to this issue as well as access to our online archive of back issues, industry research reports, sample MTAs, legal opinions, sample forms and contracts, government documents and more!

Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 11, No. 12, December 2017

  • TTOs link with third parties in bid to expand licensing of research tools. While it is always a challenge to motivate faculty to disclose their innovations, many observers agree it is particularly difficult when it comes to the disclosure of research tools — mouse models, cell lines, antibodies, and so forth.
  • Hopkins collaborates with investment firm to de-risk early-stage therapeutics. The Johns Hopkins University and investment advisor Deerfield Management have launched a clever collaboration called Bluefield Innovations that will sponsor research into early-stage therapeutics then license the results.
  • Attorney: Don’t put too much faith in sovereign immunity. Sovereign immunity can add to the value of patents owned by state universities, but it is not an ironclad defense against patent challenges — at least not until we hear more from the courts, an attorney cautions.
  • Creative solutions found for improving reporting between IIA participants. In any organization where resources are limited, choices must be continually made on the allocation of those resources. In TTOs, shortages of time and staffing are common, and lack of either or both can cause some processes to fall by the wayside.
  • UTRF makes deal with defensive patent aggregator RPX. A deal between the University of Tennessee Research Foundation and a patent aggregator illustrates one possible outcome when a university asserts patents. Rather than settling an infringement matter through litigation, a defensive patent aggregator may step in and negotiate a deal to purchase the patents and take the case out of the courtroom.
  • Tech Navigator program helps guide New Mexico entrepreneurs. Getting new technology to market in New Mexico is getting a helping hand thanks to a new program — Tech Navigator — which is helping to connect the region’s best and brightest in technology commercialization.

Posted December 20th, 2017