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Technology Transfer Tactics, May 2020 Issue

Technology Transfer Tactics, May 2020 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the May 2020 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 14, No. 5, May 2020

  • TTOs are stepping up to meet the COVID-19 challenge. It will most likely take a village to combat COVID-19. If that’s the case, technology transfer offices around the nation have pitched a giant tent right in the town square. We spoke to many people in TTOs who are going above and beyond to do whatever is possible to help. Here are a few examples.
  • With start-up investments scarce in COVID times, find ways to pivot. The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the prospects and bottom line of university start-ups as they find investments difficult to come by and their usual work coming to a halt with the rest of the economy. Some are pivoting to other work in the meantime, but the effects of the pandemic are likely to hurt many start-ups for months, if not longer.
  • Are zombie start-ups haunting your TTO? Are university TTOs essentially gaming the system when they dutifully report each year on the number of start-ups they have nurtured? That seems to be the suggestion of a provocative new analysis by professors at Brigham Young University (BYU) and Utah Valley University.
  • Oregon universities band together to set the rules for co-owned IP. Five Oregon research universities — Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon State University in Corvallis, Portland State University, and the Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath Falls — have launched a collaborative model to boost innovation via a series of three agreements that clarify ownership of intellectual property derived from inter-university collaborative research projects, as well as inter-university employment. The goal is to reduce cost barriers and other blockages that can stymie collaborative research.
  • U Chicago TTO has attorney on loan from law firm. The Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago is enjoying an unusual relationship with a law firm that allows it to have an intellectual property attorney on site full time, devoting all her attention to tech transfer. The unique arrangement means the attorney can aid directly with patent prosecution and implementing new procedures and contracts, while also giving the university favored status with the law firm.

Posted May 14th, 2020