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Technology Transfer Tactics, February 2022

The following is a list of the articles that appear in the February 2022 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 16, No. 2, February 2022

  • UMB New Venture Group’s model succeeds in boosting region’s start-up ecosystem. For TTOs in less than vibrant regions of the country for venture capital investments, getting across the Valley of Death can be treacherous, and often deadly without adequate funding. And that’s particularly true for biotech start-ups and others with a long development timeline dependent on significant financial backing, even in the early stages.
  • Standing to sue can be roadblock to pursuing patent infringement claims. License agreements may not always include an adequate transfer of rights that allows the licensee standing to pursue a patent infringement case without joining the university itself in the suit, and a recent court decision shows how important that can be in protecting your IP.
  • Column: As venture deal terms narrow, TTOs should focus on investor quality. Universities — via their tech transfer offices — often receive equity as partial consideration for technologies they license to start-ups. Most of these ventures will raise multiple rounds of financing. As relatively small, junior shareholders, TTOs typically are deal term “takers” with limited ability to impact the deal terms of follow-on rounds. A recent survey of venture deal terms strongly suggests that in most cases this is not a liability, as the remarkable commonality of deal terms reflects limited negotiability in any case.
  • How one university established a way of monitoring IP leakage. Leakage of intellectual property is not usually considered a major issue for most universities, but the prospect of its consequences is compelling enough that many may wonder about it and ponder how to deal with it.
  • NJIT targets entrepreneur gap with a series of diversity-focused programs. While most university TTOs have an ample supply of viable technologies in their intellectual property portfolio to power numerous start-ups, finding entrepreneurial leads often keeps start-up development from reaching its full potential.

Posted February 14th, 2022