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Technology Transfer Tactics, September 2019 Issue

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 13, No. 9, September 2019

  • UC light bulb case may signal more aggressive infringement defense by schools. Those vintage-looking light bulbs that hang in so many trendy bars and restaurants are the subject of a massive lawsuit campaign in which the University of California (UC) system is taking on some of the world’s biggest retailers.
  • Policy alone can’t resolve complications that arise in royalty distribution. It’s tempting to think that in most instances when a patent is issued and then licensed, the royalty situation is fairly straightforward, and that the royalty sharing policy will be adequate to cover any issues that might arise. But that’s rarely the case, states Chris Harris, PhD, director of licensing for Vanderbilt University. “It’s the rarity when something goes by the books,” he says. “This is a complicated topic — much more complicated than most people acknowledge. How you address the complexity depends on many factors that are not often detailed in a policy.”
  • TTOs leverage social media to create their own buzz. Brian Shedd, the director of licensing in the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Houston (UH), is intrigued by the potential of social media to quickly spread the word about UH technologies, but in seeking guidance from social media veterans, he has come to the realization that some of his early assumptions on how to best jump into the social media space were a bit off.
  • Fellows programs bring extra hands and new blood to TTOs. Technology transfer office-based fellowship programs — typically aimed at training postdocs to learn the ins and outs of research commercialization — can create a win-win situation for the host offices and for PhD students. The offices increase their manpower at lower cost, while PhD students gain exposure to non-academic career paths. These programs, according to those who run them, also enhance the education and research missions of their universities by providing training for graduate students for non-academic careers and increasing the university’s capacity for moving innovation out of the labs into service to society.

Posted September 9th, 2019