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Technology Transfer Tactics, July 2018 Issue

Technology Transfer Tactics, July 2018 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the July 2018 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. 12, No. 7, July 2018

  • Adopt these best practices and boost the impact of inventor recognition programs. Inventor recognition programs can excite and motivate faculty and other inventors to participate in the innovation ecosystem, says Laura Schoppe, MBA, MSE, president of the technology transfer consulting firm Fuentek LLC in Cary, NC. But it takes more than just a quick thank you lunch to have a significant impact. “When you have an awards event and do it well, it has a lot more meaning for inventors than you may realize,” Schoppe says. “Everyone comes back from the event talking about how wonderful it was, and the people who didn’t attend ask, ‘Why wasn’t I invited?’ So it creates a conversation — and a desire to be part of the party the next time.”
  • Amgen decision puts billions in antibody patents at risk. Universities are facing the potential loss of billions of dollars from some of their most valuable assets in the wake of a recent decision on antibodies from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. TTOs should expect more PTAB challenges for antibody patents after the ruling, experts caution, and the best defense is understanding the complex legal reasoning that led to the vulnerability of these profitable patents.
  • Indiana U taps alumni for philanthropic venture fund. A $15 million venture fund at Indiana University is soliciting donations from the school’s 700,000 alumni, but the return on their investment will come only in the form of a tax deduction and the knowledge that they’re helping bring important discoveries to the marketplace. The fund works, according to its leader, because alumni can be motivated in venture funding the same way they can be for other donations that do not provide a financial return.
  • Leverage tools to pull potential licensees into the “marketing funnel.” Given the burgeoning array of internet-based tools, how do you optimize a marketing strategy for early-stage assets? Most agree that nothing beats face-to-face communications in terms of effectiveness, but such a strategy can only go so far when you’ve got hundreds of technologies in search of a match.

Posted July 11th, 2018