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Technology Transfer Tactics, January 2020 Issue

Technology Transfer Tactics, January 2020 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the January 2020 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter. If you are already a current subscriber click here to log in and access your issue.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 14, No. 1, January 2020

  • Oxford U’s unique model brings student power to bear on languishing IP assets. Tech transfer programs usually have a portfolio of commercialization projects that are in that iffy zone: They do have potential but they are not the obvious choice for a spinout with a high likelihood of success. They also are not right for repeat non-exclusive licensing to companies, and they don’t have a ready-made home with a company where the inventor has a longstanding relationship.
  • TTO New Year’s resolutions: Here’s what your colleagues are focusing on in 2020. From more diversity and inclusion to improving inventor education and staff support, TTOs have a slew of New Year’s resolutions to tackle in 2020. TTT spoke with tech transfer execs across the country to get a flavor for what they see as their biggest challenges and priorities for the coming year.
  • Law firm sued over missed publication date, potentially costing a school millions. When it comes to patenting new inventions, the publication date is critical one because it starts a one-year clock for filing a patent application. But in the digital world, what constitutes a publication date may get confused, particularly for those who’ve long assumed the meaning to be associated with a print publication.
  • Consistency, standardization are keys to solidifying your TTO’s data integrity. It takes a good deal of time to plan properly when implementing a new database (or cleaning up an existing one) and instituting processes that will lead to greater data integrity. However, failure to do so will take even more time and will ultimately cost more money.
  • WVU’s Vantage Ventures helps start-ups overcome hurdles. A new initiative at West Virginia University (WVU) is described as “the finishing piece of the puzzle” for university start-up support in the state. The program — Vantage Ventures — is the latest addition to a series of developments by the university to enhance the state’s business environment.
  • ‘Accelerator’ classes teach entrepreneurial mindset with an academic focus. Are there necessary skills that all professionals need, whether they work in business, public service, science, education, medicine, or anything else? Some would suggest that entrepreneurial thinking is critical across all professions. Entrepreneurial thinking encompasses the concepts of problem-solving and solutions validation, risk mitigation, and managing failure. The need for these skills explains why entrepreneurship has become a popular curriculum at the undergraduate level.

Posted January 16th, 2020