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Don’t miss tomorrow’s webinar – Generative AI Use in TTOs: Realizing the Potential and Mitigating the Pitfalls


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 29th, 2023

Generative artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT offer enormous potential to tech transfer and other commercialization offices in terms of efficiency, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness. AI can automate preparatory tasks, freeing up staff for more strategic, creative, and high-value activities.

AI tools can also aid in decision-making by:

  • Summarizing results from public sources: patent databases, scientific literature, and news.
  • Helping populate forms and databases, saving considerable time and resources. 
  • Generating content for promotion and marketing.
  • Identifying potential licensees and partners

However, there are risks associated with AI, including potential issues with data privacy and security, biases in AI algorithms, AI “hallucinations,” and others. That’s why knowing how to realize the potential of AI for TTO cost savings and efficiency while mitigating these risks is critical. 

To address the benefits of AI tools as well as the potential risks, we’re partnering in this timely program with Joe Runge, JD, MS, Associate Director of the UNeTech Institute, Mary Albertson, CLP, RTTP, Director of Georgia Tech’s Office of Technology Licensing, and Dvorah Graeser, PhD, founder of RocketSmart.io and KISSPatent. These early adopters will share their experiences with implementing ChatGPT in this enlightening one-hour webinar: Generative AI Use in TTOs: Realizing the Potential and Mitigating the Pitfalls, scheduled for tomorrow, November 30th.

This program will discuss in detail how each office has used AI-enabled programs and ChatGPT while addressing key challenges you may face when implementing these tools within your office.

For complete details or to register, click here.

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IP and Royalty Audits for Tech Transfer Offices


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 29th, 2023

IP audits and royalty audits are essential to properly manage your university’s IP portfolio, and to ensure you’re not only pursuing assets with high potential but also addressing existing licensee activity. Making sure your IP is moving forward — and your licensees are meeting their obligations — is a critical function of any well-run TTO.

Regular and systematic review processes and procedures are absolute musts. Without them, you could be losing out on significant revenue opportunities, overlooking litigation risks, missing critical deadlines and filing requirements, and letting significant royalty dollars slip away.  

That’s why our Distance Learning Division has curated this collection of distance learning programs. IP and Royalty Audits for Tech Transfer Offices features three strategy-filled sessions that provide a detailed roadmap for assessing your IP portfolio for risks and opportunities, and assessing licensee compliance with development and payment obligations.

For complete program and faculty details, or to order, click here.  

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Student Innovation: Tapping Into the Gold Mine of On-Campus Talent


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 29th, 2023

Universities around the world are introducing the principles of entrepreneurship and innovation to their student bodies by providing a focal point for research, education, outreach, mentorship, legal support, access to funding, and project-based learning. These programs can help universities recruit fresh talent and emerging leaders to explore complex business challenges.

Our  Distance Learning Division has combined two outstanding programs that focus solely on student-focused innovation and business development, and how your university can create an ecosystem of experiential learning to foster start up creation.

Student Innovation: Tapping Into the Gold Mine of On-Campus Talent is a valuable two-session collection featuring two fascinating case studies of student innovation strategies in action. Program One focuses on the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign’s iVenture Accelerators, which Program Two spotlights the USC Stevens Center for Innovation. These practical, how-to programs will provide proven ideas and strategies for building out the student innovation ecosystem, and ultimately getting more start-ups launched and more students engaged with your office.

For complete details, click here.

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Generative AI Use in TTOs: Realizing the Potential and Mitigating the Pitfalls


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 15th, 2023

Generative artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT offer enormous potential to tech transfer and other commercialization offices in terms of efficiency, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness. AI can automate preparatory tasks, freeing up staff for more strategic, creative, and high-value activities.

AI tools can also aid in decision-making by:

  • Summarizing results from public sources: patent databases, scientific literature, and news.
  • Helping populate forms and databases, saving considerable time and resources. 
  • Generating content for promotion and marketing.

However, there are risks associated with AI, including potential issues with data privacy and security, biases in AI algorithms, AI “hallucinations,” and others. That’s why knowing how to realize the potential of AI for TTO cost savings and efficiency while mitigating these risks is critical. 

To address the benefits of AI tools as well as the potential risks, we’re partnering in this timely program with Joe Runge, JD, MS, Associate Director of the UNeTech Institute, Mary Albertson, CLP, RTTP, Director of the Office of Technology Licensing at Georgia Institute of Technology, and Dvorah Graeser, PhD, founder of RocketSmart.io and KISSPatent. These early adopters will share their experiences with implementing ChatGPT in this enlightening one-hour webinar: Generative AI Use in TTOs: Realizing the Potential and Mitigating the Pitfalls, scheduled for November 30th.

This program will discuss in detail how each office has used AI-enabled programs and ChatGPT while addressing key challenges you may face when implementing these tools within your office.

For complete details or to register, click here.

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SBIR and STTR Step-by-Step: A How-To Guide for Preparing Winning NIH and NSF Proposals


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 15th, 2023

For many university start-ups, obtaining the non-dilutive funding available through the NIH and NSF SBIR/STTR programs is a critical bridge to the future, allowing continuing development and setting the stage for future investments and scale-up. But all SBIR/STTR proposals are not created equal, and faculty innovators, start-up founders, TTO staff, and sponsored research managers must understand how to ensure their applications stand apart from the herd.

That’s why we’ve produced SBIR and STTR Step-by-Step: A How-To Guide for Preparing Winning NIH and NSF Proposals, a two-session distance learning collection filled with clear and proven guidance from an expert with a long track record of crafting successful applications.

Our program leader, Sonia Vohnout, President & Founder of OppsSpot, LLC, reviews step-by-step how to apply and write compelling proposals for submission to the NIH and NSF. Focusing on the NIH and NSF application process, respectively, each program covers strategies for telling your innovation’s story, capitalizing on your strategic partnerships, clearly identifying your customer market, and structuring your proposal to capture the reviewer’s full attention. Both programs also provide detailed guidance on:

  • The submission process step-by-step, section by section
  • How to clearly explain and justify your project’s fundability
  • Providing evidence of value via letters of support, spotlighting team members with crucial skillsets
  • Best practices for using graphs, data and photos to help articulate your story and mission
  • Critical submission deadlines and other requirements

For complete details or to order, click here.

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Webinar next week – Infringement of University Patents: How to Respond and Critical Issues to Consider in Making Litigation Decisions


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 7th, 2023

Discovering that your university’s valuable intellectual property is being infringed upon is startling to say the least. But before jumping head-first into a contentious legal battle that can sap your budget and potentially tarnish your reputation, it’s wise to take a step back and evaluate the situation as a whole. 

Can the cost of going to court — which can run $1 million a month and up to $30 million — be justified by the value of the IP or the flagrant nature of the infraction? What is the relationship between parties? Is the infringer a research partner? How will a lawsuit look in the eyes of the public and potential future partners? And are there ways to fund the litigation and reduce your risk, as well as the time spent on preparation? Is there a path to a negotiated resolution?

To help navigate these are other important questions, our distance learning division secured two experts to bring you a critical 90-minute webinar: Infringement of University Patents: How to Respond and Critical Issues to Consider in Making Litigation Decisions, scheduled for next Tuesday, November 14th.

Join Sandra L. Haberny, PhD, Partner with Quinn Emanuel, and Teresa Schultz, JD, Senior Licensing Officer at The Ohio State University, as they discuss special considerations from the university’s perspective and offer expert guidance on pursuing litigation, alternatives to litigation, and how to weigh the pros and cons of each course of action. For complete program details or to register, click here.

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Beyond the Patent: Maximizing IP Licensing Revenues with Trade Secrets and Know-How


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 7th, 2023

It’s quite possible, and even likely, that your tech transfer office is leaving significant licensing revenues on the table by ignoring two categories of IP: Know-how and trade secrets. These oft-overlooked areas represent valuable assets that can increase total revenues when paired with a patent license or, particularly with trade secrets, bring in new revenues by monetizing what otherwise would be unpatentable IP. 

Know-how can be negotiated into a license but is often disregarded simply because assigning it an actual value is a difficult concept for licensees and licensors alike, making negotiations tricky.

Trade secrets can be both integrated with a patent license and negotiated as distinct IP assets, but first you must identify what constitutes a trade secret, understand its commercial value, and make sure it’s protected in the absence of a patent.

By aggressively negotiating these often-overlooked assets, you can capture very significant dollars that would otherwise be lost, while cementing valuable relationships with companies and supporting the progress of their innovations to the marketplace. To help you tap into these underutilized assets, we’ve curated a two-program distance learning collection: Beyond the Patent: Maximizing IP Licensing Revenues with Trade Secrets and Know-How. The two strategy-filled sessions provide a detailed roadmap for drafting and negotiating rights and terms for both know-how and trade secrets. For complete faculty and program details, click here.  

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Generative AI Use in TTOs: Realizing the Potential and Mitigating the Pitfalls


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 1st, 2023

Generative artificial intelligence tools like ChatGPT offer enormous potential to tech transfer and other commercialization offices in terms of efficiency, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness. AI can automate preparatory tasks, freeing up staff for more strategic, creative, and high-value activities. It can also aid in decision-making by:

  • Summarizing results from public sources: patent databases, scientific literature, and news.
  • Helping populate forms and databases, saving considerable time and resources. 
  • Generating content for promotion and marketing.

However, there are risks associated with AI, including potential issues with data privacy and security, biases in AI algorithms, AI “hallucinations,” and others. That’s why knowing how to realize the potential of AI for TTO cost savings and efficiency while mitigating these risks is critical. 

To address the benefits of AI tools as well as the potential risks, we’re partnering in this timely program with Joe Runge, JD, MS, Associate Director of the UNeTech Institute, and Mary Albertson, CLP, RTTP, Director of the Office of Technology Licensing at Georgia Institute of Technology. These two early adopters will share their experiences with implementing ChatGPT in this enlightening one-hour webinar: Generative AI Use in TTOs: Realizing the Potential and Mitigating the Pitfalls, scheduled for November 30th. This program will discuss in detail how each office has used AI-enabled programs and ChatGPT while addressing key challenges you may face when implementing these tools within your office.

For complete details or to register, click here.

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Sublicensing and Enforcement Terms in Patent License Agreements: Expert Guidance on Drafting and Negotiation


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 1st, 2023

Universities and their tech transfer offices must be prudent when negotiating terms for agreements granting rights to third parties in university-developed inventions. Among many considerations are sublicensing rights, the scope of those rights (e.g., geographic and field of use), and the university’s desire to be involved in, to control, or to avoid future litigation.

The terms you craft in your license agreements can help you and they can haunt you — how you negotiate and draft them will have a massive impact on not only sublicense revenue, but also on your ability to maintain adequate control over your IP and over your involvement in costly legal actions.

That’s why we’ve produced this distance learning collection: Sublicensing and Enforcement Terms in Patent License Agreements: Expert Guidance on Drafting and Negotiation. It features two strategy-filled sessions that provide a detailed roadmap for drafting and negotiating rights in these critical areas. The two programs included in the collection are:

For complete faculty and program details, click here.

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Infringement of University Patents: How to Respond and Critical Issues to Consider in Making Litigation Decisions


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 25th, 2023

You’ve Discovered a University Patent is Being Infringed. Now What? Discovering that your university’s valuable intellectual property is being infringed upon is startling to say the least. But before jumping head-first into a contentious legal battle that can sap your budget and potentially tarnish your reputation, it’s wise to take a step back and evaluate the situation as a whole. 

Can the cost of going to court — which can run $1 million a month and up to $30 million — be justified by the value of the IP or the flagrant nature of the infraction? What is the relationship between parties? Is the infringer a research partner? How will a lawsuit look in the eyes of the public and potential future partners? And are there ways to fund the litigation and reduce your risk, as well as the time spent on preparation? Is there a path to a negotiated resolution?

To help navigate these are other important questions, our distance learning division secured two experts to bring you a critical 90-minute webinar: Infringement of University Patents: How to Respond and Critical Issues to Consider in Making Litigation Decisions.

Join Sandra L. Haberny, PhD., Partner with Quinn Emanuel, and Teresa Schultz, JD, Senior Licensing Officer at The Ohio State University, as they discuss special considerations from the university’s perspective and offer expert guidance on pursuing litigation, alternatives to litigation, and how to weigh the pros and cons of each course of action. For complete program details or to register, click here.

Also coming soon:

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SBIR and STTR Step-by-Step: A How-To Guide for Preparing Winning NIH and NSF Proposals


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 25th, 2023

For many university start-ups, obtaining the non-dilutive funding available through the NIH and NSF SBIR/STTR programs is a critical bridge to the future, allowing continuing development and setting the stage for future investments and scale-up. But all SBIR/STTR proposals are not created equal, and faculty innovators, start-up founders, TTO staff, and sponsored research managers must understand how to ensure their applications stand apart from the herd.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central has produced SBIR and STTR Step-by-Step: A How-To Guide for Preparing Winning NIH and NSF Proposals, a two-session distance learning collection filled with clear and proven guidance from an expert with a long track record of crafting successful applications.

Our program leader, Sonia Vohnout, President & Founder of OppsSpot, LLC, reviews step-by-step how to apply and write compelling proposals for submission to the NIH and NSF. Focusing on the NIH and NSF application process, respectively, each program covers strategies for telling your innovation’s story, capitalizing on your strategic partnerships, clearly identifying your customer market, and structuring your proposal to capture the reviewer’s full attention. Both programs also provide detailed guidance on:

  • The submission process step-by-step, section by section
  • How to clearly explain and justify your project’s fundability
  • Providing evidence of value via letters of support, spotlighting team members with crucial skillsets
  • Best practices for using graphs, data and photos to help articulate your story and mission
  • Critical submission deadlines and other requirements

For complete details or to order, click here.

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University Start-Ups: Building Foundations for Investability and Sustainable Growth


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 25th, 2023

Far too many university start-ups never reach their potential – often because they don’t have the foundational structure, leadership, and early funding needed to achieve sustainable growth.

The outstanding distance learning collection University Start-Ups: Building Foundations for Investability and Sustainable Growth will assist your staff, faculty, and student entrepreneurs in understanding how to overcome these major foundational challenges and become not only “investable,” but get on a path to real traction and ultimately a successful scale-up and/or exit.

Pitching strategy, corporate structure, capitalization and equity, internal conflicts, and the founding team are all factors that can make or break a fledgling venture – and we cover it all in the seven hours of expert guidance you’ll receive in this collection.

The individual programs included in the collection are:

For complete details or to order, click here.

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Webinar coming Tuesday – Bridge the Gap Between Inventor and IP Attorney: How to Bullet-Proof Your Patents with Airtight Written Descriptions


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 18th, 2023

The written description is one of the most important elements of any patent, and that description starts with the inventor, not the attorney drafting the patent. Yet the language of the inventor and the patent attorney are very different, and failure to adequately bridge this gap can result in weaker patent protection, delays, and higher cost. This problem is especially critical when the inventor is working on an emerging technology, often requiring the patent attorney to spend a great deal of time — and billable hours — figuring out the fundamental principles of the invention.

To help IP practitioners and TTOs ensure maximum protection while saving time and money in the patent drafting process, we’ve teamed up with Peter Hanik, Founder and President of Pretium Innovation, LLC, for this practical webinar: Bridge the Gap Between Inventor and IP Attorney: How to Bullet-Proof Your Patents with Airtight Written Descriptions, scheduled for next Tuesday, October 24th. Mr. Hanik will take attendees step by step through his proven method for ensuring inventors provide the right information, in the right way with the right level of detail and background, so the patent attorney can translate it into the strongest possible patent while saving time and expense.  

For complete details or to register, click here.

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Policy and Practice Governing Faculty Inventors: Protecting Your University While Building Solid Relationships for Lasting Success


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 18th, 2023

Establishing, reviewing, and revising policies and practices that govern sensitive issues surrounding the commercialization of faculty research is no easy task. From IP ownership and conflicts of interest to faculty incentives and disclosure management challenges, the policies and strategies you use form the foundation of your faculty relationships while also serving as a firewall against compliance problems, legal disputes, and public relations nightmares.

Policy and Practice Governing Faculty Inventors: Protecting Your University While Building Solid Relationships for Lasting Success is a four-hour collection of distance learning programs that identifies best practices and proven strategies from your peers who have successfully tackled policy issues and implemented key practices to protect the university while also building solid relationships with inventive faculty. The four programs included in the collection are:

  • Blurred Lines and Gray Areas: Managing Conflicts of Interest in University Tech Transfer and Sponsored Research
  • Departing Faculty: How to Protect University IP, Avoid Legal Disputes, and Preserve Funding
  • Amending University IP Ownership Policies to Boost Disclosures and Corporate Interest
  • Incentivizing University Faculty for Commercialization Activity

Click here for complete details.

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Bridge the Gap Between Inventor and IP Attorney: How to Bullet-Proof Your Patents with Airtight Written Descriptions


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 11th, 2023

The written description is one of the most important elements of any patent, and that description starts with the inventor, not the attorney drafting the patent. Yet the language of the inventor and the patent attorney are very different, and failure to adequately bridge this gap can result in weaker patent protection, delays, and higher cost. This problem is especially critical when the inventor is working on an emerging technology, often requiring the patent attorney to spend a great deal of time — and billable hours — figuring out the fundamental principles of the invention.

To help IP practitioners and TTOs ensure maximum protection while saving time and money in the patent drafting process, we’ve teamed up with Peter Hanik, Founder and President of Pretium Innovation, LLC, for this practical webinar: Bridge the Gap Between Inventor and IP Attorney: How to Bullet-Proof Your Patents with Airtight Written Descriptions, scheduled for October 24th. Mr. Hanik will take attendees step by step through his proven method for ensuring inventors provide the right information, in the right way with the right level of detail and background, so the patent attorney can translate it into the strongest possible patent while saving time and expense.  

For complete details or to register, click here.

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The Complete Start-Up Boot Camp for University TTOs – take half off


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 11th, 2023

For organizations looking to educate their faculty and staff on the challenges associated with launching and successfully managing university start-ups, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has created a resource that’s inexpensive, comprehensive, and can be accessed by your staff and faculty wherever and whenever it’s needed.

The Complete Start-Up Boot Camp for University TTOs is the perfect resource to walk you, your staff, and your faculty step-by-step through the venture creation process from launch to exit. This 22-session distance learning series – in three outstanding volumes led by a world-class roster of academic start-up experts – contains over 25 hours of detailed guidance and advice. And this week, E-News readers can take half off the price by using discount code CAMP500 at checkout – making the price just $498.50.

Each program will provide you with the detailed training and strategies your faculty and staff need to more effectively launch and manage start-ups, as well as foster a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem to support them. Share the sessions with you team, your researchers, and keep it for unlimited use in your training library.

For complete details, click here, and don’t forget to enter code CAMP500 at checkout to save nearly $500.

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Bridge the Gap Between Inventor and IP Attorney: How to Bullet-Proof Your Patents with Airtight Written Descriptions


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 4th, 2023

The written description is one of the most important elements of any patent, and that description starts with the inventor, not the attorney drafting the patent.

Yet the language of the inventor and the patent attorney are different, and failure to adequately bridge this gap can result in weaker patent protection, delays, and higher cost. This problem is especially critical when the inventor is working on an emerging technology, often requiring the patent attorney to spend a great deal of time – and billable hours — figuring out the fundamental principles of the invention.

To help IP practitioners and TTOs ensure maximum protection while saving time and money in the patent drafting process, we’ve teamed up with Peter Hanik, Founder and President of Pretium Innovation, LLC, for this practical webinar: Bridge the Gap Between Inventor and IP Attorney: How to Bullet-Proof Your Patents with Airtight Written Descriptions, scheduled for October 24th. Mr. Hanik will share his proven method for ensuring inventors provide the right information, in the right way with the right level of detail and background, so the patent attorney can translate it into the strongest possible patent while saving time and expense.  

For complete details or to register, click here.

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Bridge the Gap Between Inventor and IP Attorney: How to Bullet-Proof Your Patents with Airtight Written Descriptions


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 27th, 2023

The written description is one of the most important elements of any patent, impacting not only overall patentability but the validity of every claim, while also serving as the front line of defense against invalidity challenges. And that description starts with the inventor, not the attorney drafting the patent.

Yet the language of the inventor and the patent attorney are different, and failure to adequately bridge this gap can result in weaker patent protection, delays, and higher cost. This problem is especially critical when the inventor is working on an emerging technology, often requiring the patent attorney to spend a great deal of time – and billable hours — figuring out the fundamental principles of the invention.

To help IP practitioners and TTOs ensure maximum protection while saving time and money in the patent drafting process, we’ve teamed up with Peter Hanik, Founder and President of Pretium Innovation, LLC, for this practical webinar: Bridge the Gap Between Inventor and IP Attorney: How to Bullet-Proof Your Patents with Airtight Written Descriptions, scheduled for October 24th. Mr. Hanik will share his proven method for ensuring inventors provide the right information, in the right way with the right level of detail and background, so the patent attorney can translate it into the strongest possible patent, while saving time and expense.  

For complete details or to register, click here.

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The Guide to Commercializing Mobile Apps on Campus


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 27th, 2023

For university TTOs, mobile apps present a tremendous opportunity for new revenues as well as new relationships with the hundreds of students and faculty creating apps on campus. But the fast-moving mobile app market is a different animal with its own unique challenges and complexities — as well as unfamiliar legal issues that can derail your efforts and lead to time-consuming, costly litigation.

The Guide to Commercializing Mobile Apps on Campus — a 4-session distance learning collection — is designed to help you tap into the massive apps marketplace as a way to enhance TTO revenue and better serve your student and faculty app developers. Along with over 4 hours of solid advice and takeaways, you’ll receive 50 pages of program materials created by the session leaders.

For complete details, click here.

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Proven Strategies for Rebranding and Revitalizing your TTO


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 27th, 2023

The role of technology transfer has evolved. And for some TTOs, the structure, branding, marketing, and modes of operation have simply not kept pace with those changes — nor with changes in expectations from administrators, legislators, faculty, and other key stakeholders.

The days of being strictly faculty-service oriented are gone, as are the days of vanity start-ups and patenting every disclosure. The focus has shifted to one that translates research into tangible economic development — jobs, tax revenues, start-ups, and return on research investments. While some forward-thinking offices have stayed ahead of the curve, others are lagging behind — and need a radical makeover.

That’s why we created Proven Strategies for Rebranding and Revitalizing your TTO, a distance learning case study collection that focuses on two standout rebranding projects from the University of New Hampshire and the University of Virginia. Each university embarked on a major renovation that involved upper administration as well as the entire researcher community — and required significant changes to the organizational structure and culture alike. And both restructuring efforts also brought huge rewards.

The collection includes on-demand videos, transcripts, and original program materials – and comes with unlimited access for your entire organization. For complete details, click here.

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Bridge the Gap Between Inventor and IP Attorney: How to Bullet-Proof Your Patents with Airtight Written Descriptions


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 20th, 2023

The written description is one of the most important elements of any patent, impacting not only overall patentability but the validity of every claim, while also serving as the front line of defense against invalidity challenges. And that description starts with the inventor, not the attorney drafting the patent.

Yet the language of the inventor and the patent attorney are different, and failure to adequately bridge this gap can result in weaker patent protection, delays, and higher cost. This problem is especially critical when the inventor is working on an emerging technology, often requiring the patent attorney to spend a great deal of time – and billable hours — figuring out the fundamental principles of the invention.

To help IP practitioners and TTOs ensure maximum protection while saving time and money in the patent drafting process, we’ve teamed up with Peter Hanik, Founder and President of Pretium Innovation, LLC, for this practical webinar: Bridge the Gap Between Inventor and IP Attorney: How to Bullet-Proof Your Patents with Airtight Written Descriptions, scheduled for October 24th. Mr. Hanik will share his proven method for ensuring inventors provide the right information, in the right way with the right level of detail and background, so the patent attorney can translate it into the strongest possible patent, while saving time and expense.  

For complete details or to register, click here.

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University Start-Ups: Building Foundations for Investability and Sustainable Growth


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 20th, 2023

Far too many university start-ups never reach their potential – often because they don’t have the foundational structure, leadership, and early funding needed to achieve sustainable growth.

The outstanding distance learning collection University Start-Ups: Building Foundations for Investability and Sustainable Growth will assist your staff, faculty, and student entrepreneurs in understanding how to overcome these major foundational challenges and become not only “investable,” but get on a path to real traction and ultimately a successful scale-up and/or exit.

Pitching strategy, corporate structure, capitalization and equity, internal conflicts, and the founding team are all factors that can make or break a fledgling venture – and we cover it all in the seven hours of expert guidance you’ll receive in this collection.

The individual programs included in the collection are:

For complete details or to order, click here.

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Coming Friday – IP Negotiation Strategies in University-Industry Partnerships: Perspectives from Both Sides of the Table


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 13th, 2023

Intellectual property rights are at the heart of virtually every research collaboration between academia and industry, and the negotiation around IP is often complex, contentious, frustrating – and too often a deal-breaker. By gaining practical knowledge of the various situations that arise in these negotiations — and the creative solutions used to resolve them — you can dramatically increase the chances of resolving IP issues and establishing long-term relationship that bring critical benefits to both partners.

We’ve teamed with a pair of experts who have extensive experience on both sides of the table to provide their guidance in resolving thorny IP issues that can make or break a deal. Join DJ Nag, PhD, MBA, CLP, RTTP, President of Innovaito, LLC, and Tatiana Litvin-Vechnyak, PhD, Vice President of Technology Commercialization for Georgetown University, for this important program: IP Negotiation Strategies in University-Industry Partnerships: Perspectives from Both Sides of the Table, scheduled for this Friday, September 15.

This practical session will focus on arriving at a win-win strategy for resolving IP-related issues and structuring a deal that benefits both parties. The session will draw from the direct experiences of the speakers in handling sensitive situations, including a role-playing exercise in a mock negotiation to illustrate specific sticking points and showcase proven strategies for resolving them. For complete details and to register, click here.

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Improve TTO performance with The Tech Transfer Operations Video Toolkit


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 13th, 2023

When it comes to the day-to-day function of the tech transfer office, operations staff are the “unsung” heroes. While they don’t get the headlines and kudos for patents issued, big licensing deals, and new start-ups, tech transfer professionals know that it’s their work behind the scenes that underpins every commercialization achievement.

Whether it’s docketing, royalty distribution, Bayh-Dole compliance, database management and reporting, licensee compliance, keeping up with attorney fees, or any of the hundreds of tasks often taken for granted in the complex world of university tech transfer, these critical team members are doing the dirty work, day in and day out.

That’s why we’ve created an extensive collection of resources focused specifically on many of the most difficult TTO operations challenges. The Tech Transfer Operations Video Toolkit is an instant library of 20 detailed distance learning programs addressing everything from budgeting, productivity, and data management to staffing, risk mitigation, auditing, MTA management, and more. The guidance contained in the toolkit’s programs can make a critical difference in your TTO’s efficiency and performance, and it’s priced at less than $25 per program.

Even better, every session can be shared freely within your office with other staff and viewed repeatedly, making The Tech Transfer Operations Video Toolkit about the most cost-effective investment you can make.

For complete details, click here.

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Best Practices for TTOs and University Spinouts in Working with Contract Research Organizations


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 6th, 2023

As industry and investors have become more risk averse, universities have increasingly turned to internal de-risking strategies for drug candidates to better attract potential licensees or to advance their faculty start-ups. However, the de-risking process can present a daunting hurdle that can stop what could be a life-saving innovation in its tracks. As a result, many TTOs and university spinouts have begun working more closely with contract research organizations (CROs).

One big benefit of a CRO is speed. University labs often struggle with competing priorities, personnel shortages, and equipment limitations; CROs offer quick turn-around-times, along with high quality, deep expertise, and airtight regulatory compliance. Additionally, studies performed at CROs can produce the quality of reports expected by pharmaceutical companies and investors, offering external validation to previously performed university studies.

However, navigating the vast, growing expanse of CROs — with varying specializations and capabilities — is not an easy or straightforward task. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Judy Prasad, PhD, Assistant Director of UNC-Chapel Hill’s KickStart Venture Services, for this informative distance learning program: Best Practices for TTOs and University Spinouts in Working with Contract Research Organizations, scheduled for September 20th.

During this one-hour program, you will learn why, how, and when to contract with a CRO, how to choose the best CRO for your project(s), and how to ensure the CRO relationship works optimally for your TTO to support your university’s innovators and spinouts. For complete details or to register, click here.

Also coming soon:

FREE WEBINAR COMING SEPTEMBER 26th: Career Development Strategies for Tech Transfer Professionals and Recent Trends in Hiring and Retaining TTO Staff. For complete details and to sign up without cost, click here.

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University Technology Marketing Boot Camp – on-demand distance learning


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 6th, 2023

Technology and licensing managers often are well-versed in a wide range of technical and scientific fields, have an excellent grasp of IP law, and have a good handle on business and financial issues too. But when it comes to marketing, they are often at a near-total loss.

By focusing on shoring up this critical but often neglected area of professional development, your TTO will reap huge dividends in its ability to attract the licensees, investors, entrepreneurs, and partners you need. The University Technology Marketing Boot Camp is a four-program, on-demand distance learning collection featuring university technology marketing experts who will lead you in making critical improvements in your marketing approaches and strategies. The four session topics are:

Session One: Understanding Your Technology, Inventor and Market

Session Two: Marketing Writing Best Practices

Session Three: Marketing by Channel

Session Four: Content Strategy and Analytics

For complete program and faculty details, click here.

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Webinar tomorrow: Interns as Force Multipliers and Difference Makers for TTOs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: August 30th, 2023

A well-oiled intern program is more than just extra help — it can actually have a huge impact on your TTO’s productivity and overall performance. Whether they’re assisting with disclosure screenings, IP searches, or market research, interns have the potential to save the TTO time and money while providing the intern with valuable work experience. But to make internship programs work best, it takes a lot more than just getting warm bodies behind a desk.

When internship programs are properly structured and managed, they can free up the professionals in your office to handle the really critical work and boost team productivity — ultimately creating greater bandwidth and allowing more deals to get done. On the flip side, poorly constructed and managed programs can simply get in the way and waste time for your staff and the intern – leaving everyone dissatisfied.

We’ve teamed up with a panel of experts from Stanford, Columbia, NCI/NIH, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to share the details of their standout internship programs, and help you ensure your own program – and your interns – are getting maximum benefit. Join us tomorrow, August 31st, for Interns as Force Multipliers and Difference Makers for TTOs. We’ll review each organization’s unique structure, management practices, and tech transfer intern training programs so you can put their proven strategies into play right away while avoiding key mistakes and problems.

For complete details or to register, click here.

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New resource offers expert guidance on trade secret and know-how licensing


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: August 30th, 2023

It’s quite possible, and even likely, that your tech transfer office is leaving significant licensing revenues on the table by ignoring two categories of IP: Know-how and trade secrets. These oft-overlooked areas represent valuable assets that can increase total revenues when paired with a patent license or, particularly with trade secrets, bring in new revenues by monetizing what otherwise would be unpatentable IP.

Know-how can be negotiated into a license but is often disregarded simply because assigning it an actual value is a difficult concept for licensees and licensors alike, making negotiations tricky.

Trade secrets can be both integrated with a patent license and negotiated as distinct IP assets, but first you must identify what constitutes a trade secret, understand its commercial value, and make sure it’s protected in the absence of a patent.

By aggressively negotiating these often-overlooked assets, you can capture very significant dollars that would otherwise be lost, while cementing valuable relationships with companies and supporting the progress of their innovations to the marketplace.

To help you tap into these underutilized assets, we’ve curated a two-program distance learning collection: Beyond the Patent: Maximizing IP Licensing Revenues with Trade Secrets and Know-How. The two strategy-filled sessions provide a detailed roadmap for drafting and negotiating rights and terms for both know-how and trade secrets. For complete faculty and program details, click here.

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Webinar coming next Tuesday – University Plant Breeding Programs: Key IP Protection and Licensing Considerations


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: August 23rd, 2023

For many TTOs, plant breeding is a huge part of their tech transfer licensing activity that’s not only a source of revenue, but also a source of economic growth for the agricultural economy.

It’s a massive industry with plenty of competition between universities and private plant breeding companies trying to stake a claim to a growing market.

It is imperative that universities aggressively protect their valuable plant assets via patents, plant variety protection, trademarks, and trade secret protection not only to secure their IP, but also to encourage continued R&D investments and bring new innovations to farmers. Yet there’s little guidance available for universities in terms of the specific intellectual property and licensing issues unique to this complex arena.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with two experts from JMIN to provide critical guidance on key IP protection and licensing considerations for new plants and plant varieties in this important webinar: University Plant Breeding Programs: Key Intellectual Property Protection and Licensing Considerations, scheduled for next Tuesday, August 29th. They’ll provide detailed advice on the use of utility patents, plant patents, plant variety protection, trademarks, and trade secrets as applied specifically to this unique area of innovation. The 90-minute session will also feature a review of a well-drafted plant license and address relevant case law.

For complete details or to register, click here.

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Interns as Force Multipliers and Difference Makers for TTOs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: August 16th, 2023

A well-oiled intern program is more than just extra help — it can actually have a huge impact on your TTO’s productivity and overall performance. Whether they’re assisting with disclosure screenings, IP searches, or market research, interns have the potential to save the TTO time and money while providing the intern with valuable work experience. But to make internship programs work best, it takes a lot more than just getting warm bodies behind a desk.

When internship programs are properly structured and managed, they can free up the professionals in your office to handle the really critical work and boost team productivity — ultimately allowing more deals to get done. On the flip side, poorly constructed and managed programs can simply get in the way and waste time for your staff and the intern – leaving everyone dissatisfied.

We’ve teamed up with panel of experts from Stanford, Columbia, NCI/NIH, and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to share the details of their standout internship programs, and help you ensure your own program – and your interns – are getting maximum benefit. Join us on August 31st for Interns as Force Multipliers and Difference Makers for TTOs. We’ll review each organization’s unique structure, management practices, and tech transfer intern training programs so you can put their proven strategies into play right away while avoiding key mistakes and problems.

For complete details or to register, click here.

Also coming soon:

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