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Technology Transfer Tactics, October 2021

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

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 15, No. 10, October 2021

  • TTOs continue to adapt to shifting realities of the pandemic. As COVID vaccines became available in early 2021, optimism grew. But, as the Delta variant took hold in the summer of 2021 and now extends into the fall, we wondered how technology transfer offices were handling the resurgence of the virus, how their operations were adjusting, and what they expect in the coming months. We asked 12 TTOs across the country how they were doing.
  • In wake of Omni v. Apple, it’s time to review your IP assignment language again. Tech transfer programs relying on general statements in their bylaws and contracts about the assignment of intellectual property rights may need to reassess whether they are sufficient in light of a recent ruling from a Federal Circuit court. After going through a similar shift after the landmark Stanford v. Roche case a full decade ago, TTOs may want to revisit that assignment language once again.
  • IP attorney’s challenge: Is your TTO developing metrics that matter? There’s certainly a place for traditional TTO metrics like licensing revenues and number of invention disclosures, patent applications, start-ups and issued patents. But they’re not really providing actionable information on whether the office is meeting its goals and optimizing performance in terms of portfolio management, claims IP attorney Tony Gangemi, a partner in Murtha Cullina’s Business & Finance Department and chair of its Intellectual Property Practice Group.
  • U Alaska’s Ambassador Program embeds tech transfer into campus culture. We’ve all heard of student ambassadors, but what about tech transfer ambassadors? At the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) — where a tiny TTO staff needed a way to extend its reach within a limited budget — the concept has taken off and has become woven into its overall culture. The school’s program taps students, faculty and staff as Ambassadors, whose charge is to promote innovation and entrepreneurship as well as raise awareness of the Office of Intellectual Property and Commercialization (OIPC). And it’s working — the ambassadors are not only making more people aware, but their efforts have significantly increased disclosures.

Posted October 15th, 2021