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Technology Transfer Tactics, April 2021


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

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 15, No. 4, April 2021

AUTM 2021 Annual meeting coverage

This issue features several articles from the 2021 AUTM Annual Meeting, held virtually this year. Coverage begins on page 52, with articles on express licensing strategies, the top mistakes made in patent license agreements, and tactics for encouraging more diversity in university commercialization activity.

  • U Georgia’s new start-up license offers speed and favorable terms in two-phase approach. The University of Georgia’s Innovation Gateway is offering a new “Georgia Startup License” combining technical assistance with a streamlined technology licensing process that offers preferred terms. But in a new twist on the express licensing concept, the start-ups must meet certain criteria to qualify for the deal.
  • Universities offer best practices for fast start-up license packages. Favorable deal terms and business development support were the focus in a discussion of best practices for quick start-up license packages at the 2021 AUTM annual meeting.
  • Attorney outlines top mistakes in patent licensing and how to prevent them. During his 34-year legal career focused on technology transfer and licensing practices, Russell Levine has seen a lot. A partner in the firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, he’s widely recognized as an expert in his field. So, his message resonated when he spoke at this year’s virtual AUTM conference about mistakes commonly made when drafting and negotiating patent license agreements.
  • Driving diversity and inclusion: Moving from rhetoric to reality. Many tech transfer programs improve equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in their commercialization activity but may be at a loss as to what strategies or programs will best help them achieve this goal. The Driving Diversity and Inclusion for a More Successful Innovation Strategy session at the AUTM 2021 Annual Meeting provided some answers. Panelists shared specific tips for overcoming roadblocks and turning the desire for EDI into reality.
  • Summit Venture Studio solves software accelerator challenges. When Peter Djokovich and Taylor Bench met at the University of Utah’s Partners for Innovation, Ventures, Outreach & Technology (PIVOT) Center, they quickly realized they had a common interest at heart — to accelerate the commercialization of software solutions created at Utah universities. Together they launched Summit Venture Studio, which provides capital and talent to develop, launch, and scale university software start-ups rapidly and efficiently.

Posted April 13th, 2021