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Technology Transfer Tactics, February 2021 Issue

Technology Transfer Tactics, February 2021 IssueThe following is a list of the articles that appear in the February 2021 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 15, No. 2, February 2021

  • Negotiating VC terms doesn’t have to be a long, contentious affair. Venture capitalists and tech transfer programs should be closely aligned, since their goals are so complimentary, but that is not always the case when it comes to drafting agreements for life science start-ups. That process can lead to negotiations that are longer and more complicated than necessary, and it sometimes even gets testy between parties who should be eager to work cooperatively.
  • U Washington launches express licensing process to ease faculty frustration. The University of Washington’s CoMotion — the school’s tech transfer office — has formally launched Husky FAST Start, a licensing process designed to ease the frustrations of researchers and speed start-up license negotiations.
  • Legal Consult: Litigation funding as a resource for university patent enforcement. In recent years, a small but growing number of academic institutions have undertaken efforts to directly assert their patent rights through litigation.
  • TenU, a trans-Atlantic TTO collaboration, seeks to spread best practices. Earlier this year, a group of ten university technology transfer offices in the United Kingdom, the United States and Belgium announced a trans-Atlantic collaboration project known as TenU. The effort is still in the start-up phase, but its goals are nonetheless ambitious: to leverage the institutions’ combined knowledge on how best to use cutting-edge research outcomes to tackle global challenges.
  • Avoid “exhaustion” of related patents with careful drafting and licensing. It’s the TTO’s job to protect intellectual property while moving inventions into the marketplace, but you may not be protecting it enough.
  • U Arkansas adds tech transfer to factors considered in tenure decisions. The University of Arkansas system will now factor tech transfer achievements into tenure consideration, though it may take some time to achieve the desired results.
  • Penn State’s ‘ENtern­’ program seeks to foster future entrepreneurs. The path to commercialization can be exciting and harrowing, particularly when a technology transfer office’s efforts to bring an idea or invention to the marketplace involves spin-outs that raise venture capital to fund that commercialization.

Posted February 11th, 2021