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Technology Transfer Tactics, August 2022

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

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 16, No. 8, August 2022

  • TTO satisfaction surveys can bring critical improvements in faculty service. Two tech transfer programs surveying the faculty they interact with to assess customer satisfaction and obtain valuable feedback are both reporting good results in gathering information that has helped them improve their operations, though they use very different survey instruments and approaches.
  • U-M Startup Pipeline report helps raise early-stage investment capital. In an effort to reach investors in a more targeted way, the University of Michigan’s Innovation Partnerships Ventures team has created the U-M Startup Pipeline, a quarterly report that is shared with nearly 800 investors (some international), including strategic corporations. The team has worked with Wellspring Sophia to curate the start-ups.
  • Study points to technology maturity level as key to successful licensing. A minimum technology maturity level may be necessary for successful commercialization in some situations, according to research that could influence how tech transfer programs prioritize and de-risk their IP.
  • Guest Commentary: Seven steps to increase patent inventorship equity. It’s no secret that women are underrepresented as patent inventors in the United States. Institutional structures and biases, including patent education gaps, status hierarchy, and monetary incentives, contribute to the gender patent gap. Unfair inventorship attribution decisions create cumulative disadvantages in employment, tenure, and status. TTOs can help do something about it.
  • Stanford’s retreats help TTO staff identify and address issues, each other. Many corporations regularly hold department and unit retreats for any number of reasons — from helping the members of the staff improve their communications and ability to work together, to addressing key issues of the day. So, if major companies find them valuable, why not university TTOs?
  • “Work from Purdue” program helps build start-up ecosystem. For universities launching start-ups in “flyover country,” without an ecosystem to support those new ventures, keeping the new companies in the area can be a tough proposition.

Posted August 11th, 2022