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Technology Transfer Tactics, September 2023


Technology Transfer Tactics, September 2023The following is a list of the articles that appear in the September 2023 issue of Technology Transfer Tactics monthly newsletter.

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Technology Transfer Tactics
Vol. 17, No. 9, September 2023

  • Data licensing opportunities abound, but deals are not without challenges. It appears, at first glance, like a no-brainer: Universities, particularly those with affiliated health care centers and organizations, have virtually immeasurable stores of data — the kind of data that companies in the forefront of areas like AI, machine learning and quantum computing would love to have. It seems like an obvious source of significant potential licensing revenue.
  • Don’t undervalue or under-protect your data for use in AI systems. Artificial intelligence is making its way into virtually every industry, and tech transfer programs are finding opportunities to work with AI both as developers and as owners of data and other IP that might be joined with AI systems to make something new. But this exciting new frontier brings with it questions and challenges about how to manage co-developed innovations and address all the facets of licensing and commercialization that are more familiar in other areas.
  • Executive Order on domestic manufacturing brings both relief and concern for TTOs. The Biden administration’s long-rumored Executive Order on “Federal Research and Development in Support of Domestic Manufacturing and United States Jobs” landed in late July, and while laudable in its intent, there is little indication of how it will actually affect technology transfer offices, observers say. Most are just relieved it didn’t follow in the footsteps of what has been described as the “deeply flawed” DOE policy.
  • Syracuse U brings together law school and TTO to boost commercialization. A new partnership between the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), which is housed in the Office of Research at Syracuse University (SU), and the Innovation Law Center (ILC), which is housed in the SU College of Law, is something of a poster child for collaboration. Last year, the two entities got together to test out a pilot program and, so far, it looks like it’s here to stay.
  • Pitt makes internal IP portal more accessible and streamlines disclosure forms. As part of its ongoing commitment to better serve its internal customers, The Innovation Institute, an operating unit of the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, has made access to its portal for handling intellectual property management, licensing, and start-up company creation much simpler, while implementing several changes to its disclosure form in an effort to offer a more user-friendly tool. The changes took effect on July 17.

Posted September 15th, 2023