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Technology Transfer Tactics, January 2019 Issue

Technology Transfer Tactics, January 2019 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the January 2019 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. 13, No. 1, January 2019

  • TTOs employ divergent approaches to incentive pay for licensing staff. Businesses of all kinds have been using incentive pay to drive behavior for years, but does it work in the murky realm of academia/tech transfer? It’s tricky, to say the least, but surveys suggest that roughly a third of TTOs have some sort of incentive compensation in place. The thing is, the characteristics of these plans vary widely from team-based approaches which include a broad array of performance goals to individually focused plans that key in on a narrow set of indicators.
  • $31.6M award illustrates risks in co-development deals, even decades later. The $31.6 million awarded to Washington University of St. Louis (WUSTL) in a lawsuit levied against its patent license partner the University of Wisconsin is a reminder that co-development deals can come crashing to the ground years after they were initiated. And when they do, more often than not the cause is traced to poorly defined terms.
  • Global EIR programs spreading across U.S. to fill start-up visa gap. According to Science and Engineering Indicators 2018, a National Science Board report, there were about 240,000 international students on temporary visas enrolled in science and engineering graduate programs in 2015. This represented 36% of total U.S. graduate enrollment. Any of these students who opted to stay in the U.S. to create a business encountered immigration laws that, absent a start-up visa, make it difficult for them to stay here.
  • Program seeks to convince UNM grads to ‘boomerang’ to hometown jobs. Sometimes, it seems, you can almost do “too good a job” at helping tech-oriented university graduates pursue successful careers. The problem, you see, is that many of the high prestige universities where graduate school can lead to desirable jobs may be in another state, creating a “brain drain” back home, and losing the potential benefit of a large number of innovators and start-up founders.
  • Marquette’s Explorer Challenge program fuels innovation. It may sound like a NASA project, but it’s really quite grounded. It’s the brainchild of Michael R. Lovell, president of Marquette University in Milwaukee, WI, and it’s called the Explorer Challenge Program. The program was judged so effective that it was recently selected as the winner in the Innovation Category of the University Economic Development Association’s annual Awards of Excellence.

Posted January 16th, 2019