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Technology Transfer Tactics, November 2018 Issue

Technology Transfer Tactics, November 2018 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the November 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. 11, November 2018

  • VCU Ventures shakes up standard start-up development process. Aggressive licensing terms and a customized pre-accelerator program that includes a faculty/entrepreneur “dating service” and the early use of end-user feedback are among the features that VCU Ventures plans to use to promote start-up development at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.
  • Express license used by DoD gets deals done at breakneck speed. The only difference between the express license built by TechLink for the Department of Defense (DoD) and the form they previously used for licensing is that it is faster — much faster.
  • Legal disputes with university start-ups often traced to poor contracts. Tech transfer offices focus so much on encouraging faculty entrepreneurs and fostering their start-ups that the need for carefully constructed legal agreements can be seen as just a necessary formality among friends.
  • New tool brings blockchain technology to TTOs for IP protection. Blockchain technology, originally designed for digital currencies like Bitcoin, is now finding its way into other industries — including fields like university tech transfer that need to protect sensitive intellectual property. And, unlike banks’ reluctance to embrace cybercash, the IP industry appears to be welcoming blockchain technology.
  • Oxford updates mission, goals and strategies in bid to expand impact. Although Dr. Matt Perkins, Chief Executive Officer of Oxford University Innovation (OUI), insists that recent shifts in mission statement and strategy are “not really significant changes,” a bullet-point summary begs to differ.
  • Duke’s shift to service-based tech transfer model brings record results. Duke’s Office of Licensing and Ventures (OLV) has hit its stride in 2018, with record setting results in its completed fiscal year.

Posted November 16th, 2018