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IP Audit Checklist: Best Practices to Identify, Protect, Monetize and Enforce University IP Assets


By David Schwartz
Published: August 14th, 2018

IP audits are essential to properly manage your university’s IP portfolio. To fully understand the commercial potential as well as the risks — in many cases involving hundreds of individual IP assets — a regular and systematic review process is an absolute must. Without it, you could be losing out on significant revenue opportunities, overlooking litigation risks, and missing critical deadlines and filing requirements that could even cost you the rights to that IP.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has scheduled this detailed program led by a team of expert attorneys from the law firm Offit Kurman: IP Audit Checklist: Best Practices to Identify, Protect, Monetize and Enforce University IP Assets. Join us on September 26th for this practical session that will take you step-by-step through the process and procedures of a general audit, event-driven audit, and limited-purpose IP audit.

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Antibody Patenting and Licensing Challenges in Light of Amgen v. Sanofi


By David Schwartz
Published: August 7th, 2018

Over the past decade, multiple patents on therapeutic antibodies have been invalidated in the courts, often for lack of written description — and it won’t be getting any easier after the Amgen v. Sanofi Fed Circuit decision. The case indicated that even for a new class of antibodies, the written description requirement can be met only through the disclosure of a “sufficient” number of representative antibodies — including highly specific amino acid sequences. Adding to the challenge is the retroactive application of the ruling, leaving billions in antibody patents at risk.

Research universities invest millions of dollars in discovering and developing antibodies, and they — and their potential licensees — are faced with uncertainty and heightened risk in the wake of these developments. That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has tapped biotech patent expert Kevin E. Noonan, PhD, to lead this critically important webinar: Antibody Patenting and Licensing Challenges in Light of Amgen v. Sanofi.

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Best Practices in Material Transfer Agreement Management


By David Schwartz
Published: August 7th, 2018

Your university spends untold dollars and hours on negotiating terms and processing hundreds or even thousands of MTAs every year. And since MTAs can have serious ramifications in terms of rights to resulting inventions, for future licensing agreements and for publication rights, it’s not a process you should be taking lightly or rushing through. That’s why we’ve created Best Practices in Material Transfer Agreement Management. This highly-rated distance learning collection includes these two practical programs that deliver specific strategies to help you manage your agreements, your time, and your IP:

  • Material Transfer Agreement Management: Negotiation Strategies to Strengthen Legal Protection and Gain Efficiency. Features detailed guidance from two experts at the University of Iowa who have successfully addressed the MTA challenge and share their strategies with you.
  • Managing Material Transfer Agreements: Key Practices for Saving Time and Money. Vanderbilt University’s home-grown MTAShare automated MTA management system enables an extremely streamlined process, slashing both paperwork and many hours of staff time associated with processing material transfer agreements. Find out how the university tackled its MTA workload, culminating in this automated solution.

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Open Source Licensing: Risks and Opportunities for University Innovations


By David Schwartz
Published: July 31st, 2018

As TTOs see larger portions of their portfolios occupied by mobile apps, software, and other innovations that build on existing technologies, it’s become critical to gain a solid grasp of the often misunderstood world of open source licensing. It’s a world that is often accompanied by a myriad of risks as well as opportunities.

On the risk side, about half of the code used in all software, including IoT devices, is open source, with dozens of different licensing terms and obligations. And penalties for failure to comply can be severe, including a complete restriction on selling a product incorporating the open source component.

Then there’s the opportunity side — where a growing number of companies are building big valuations using open source business models. There’s a lot to learn, and a lot at stake — that’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has scheduled the detailed webinar Open Source Licensing: Risks and Opportunities for University Innovations, coming August 7th.

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Open Source Licensing: Risks and Opportunities for University Innovations


By David Schwartz
Published: July 24th, 2018

As TTOs see larger portions of their portfolios occupied by mobile apps, software, and other innovations that build on existing technologies, it’s become critical to gain a solid grasp of the often misunderstood world of open source licensing. It’s a world that is often accompanied by a myriad of risks as well as opportunities.

On the risk side, about half of the code used in all software, including IoT devices, is open source, with dozens of different licensing terms and obligations. And penalties for failure to comply can be severe, including a complete restriction on selling a product incorporating the open source component.

Then there’s the opportunity side — where a growing number of companies are building big valuations using open source business models. There’s a lot to learn, and a lot at stake — that’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has scheduled the detailed webinar Open Source Licensing: Risks and Opportunities for University Innovations, coming August 7th.

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


By David Schwartz
Published: July 24th, 2018

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 across the country 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

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Open Source Licensing: Risks and Opportunities for University Innovations


By David Schwartz
Published: July 17th, 2018

As TTOs see larger portions of their portfolios occupied by mobile apps, software, and other innovations that build on existing technologies, it’s become critical to gain a solid grasp of the often misunderstood world of open source licensing. It’s a world that is often accompanied by a myriad of risks as well as opportunities.

On the risk side, about half of the code used in all software, including IoT devices, is open source, with dozens of different licensing terms and obligations. And penalties for failure to comply can be severe, including a complete restriction on selling a product incorporating the open source component.

Then there’s the opportunity side — where a growing number of companies are building big valuations using open source business models, using free software to build customer bases for premium services and products. There’s a lot to learn, and a lot at stake — that’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has scheduled the detailed webinar Open Source Licensing: Risks and Opportunities for University Innovations, scheduled for August 7th.

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Best Practices in Gaining SBIR/STTR Funding for University Technologies


By David Schwartz
Published: July 17th, 2018

The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs can be critical and significant sources of funding for university innovations and start-ups. With nearly $2 billion in funding being awarded each year, 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’re offering this two-session distance learning resource: Best Practices in Gaining SBIR/STTR Funding for University Technologies. It includes these two outstanding, strategy-filled programs:

  • Dispelling SBIR/STTR Funding Myths and Misconceptions for University-Based Innovations. Many myths and misconceptions persist regarding how to apply, who can apply, what technologies are eligible, and how funds are awarded. SBIR/STTR funding consultant and former NIH scientific review officer Geoffrey White, PhD, dispels the myths and offers solid guidance on successful applications.
  • SBIR/STTR Funding: Strategies for Submitting a Winning Application. Knowing the critical factors that lead to success can make a huge difference in determining whether you get funded — and ultimately in whether your research or early-stage venture ever makes it to the commercial marketplace. This session identifies the four primary components to getting funded through these two highly competitive programs. It also addresses the key challenges facing SBIR/STTR applicants and offers expert guidance for planning ahead to ensure successful completion of major steps within the application process.

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Next week: Webinar on compliance with 2018 Bayh-Dole revisions


By David Schwartz
Published: July 10th, 2018

Important revisions to the Bayh-Dole Act have now taken effect, and it’s critical for universities to ensure their compliance procedures are addressing the new rules. From changes in the abandonment and conversion processes to the impact on internal systems and procedures as well as communications with licensees, adjusting to the new rules represents a significant challenge. But it’s a challenge that can be met and even bring improvements to TTO and research compliance operations if handled with a strong training component and a clear, detailed operational plan.

To help ensure a smooth transition and full compliance, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has secured an expert team from law firm Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP to lead a critical webinar, The 2018 Bayh Dole Revisions: Practical Compliance Guidance for Technology Transfer Offices, scheduled next Tuesday, July 17.

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Create a Funding Ecosystem for University IP and Student and Faculty Startups: New Approaches to Crossing the Valley of Death


By David Schwartz
Published: July 5th, 2018

Almost every early-stage innovation or start-up project formed within a university system experiences a lack of cash at one point or another. This funding gap — aka The Valley of Death — can derail the development of your IP or start-up to the point of starvation and failure. And while the traditional methods of funding such as angel investments and loans remain available, they may be hard to secure and require the business to incur debt or equity dilution that it may not be able to sustain.

At the University of Colorado at Boulder, there is a new wave of innovation and entrepreneurship afoot that has required some outside-the-box thinking to ensure student and faculty projects are given every chance to succeed. By way of microfunds, internal grants, proof of concept, and pre-seed funds — just to name a few of school’s many funding initiatives — CU Boulder is helping its faculty and student entrepreneurs survive the Valley of Death, where far too many end up largely because they couldn’t secure the dollars and other resources needed to gain traction and outside investment.

Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has secured a team of presenters from CU Boulder to present this detailed, case study webinar: Create a Funding Ecosystem for University IP and Student and Faculty Startups: New Approaches to Crossing the Valley of Death.

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International Collaborations and IP Protection


By David Schwartz
Published: July 5th, 2018

To help universities tap into the growing international opportunities for sponsored research deals — while also ensuring key issues surrounding IP and other contract terms are appropriately addressed — Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has created International Collaborations and IP Protection, an exclusive collection containing over 3 hours of expert advice, immediately implementable takeaways, and cost-saving solutions on this critical topic.

Here’s what’s included in this high-value collection:

  • Session One: Best Practices for Safeguarding University IP When Structuring Deals in China
  • Session Two: Building International Sponsored Research Collaborations: Navigating Culture, Contracting, Compliance, and IP Protection
  • Session Three: Best Practices for Cost-Effective Filing of PCT and EPO Patent Applications

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The 2018 Bayh Dole Revisions: Practical Compliance Guidance for Universities


By David Schwartz
Published: June 26th, 2018

Important revisions to the Bayh-Dole Act have now taken effect, and it’s critical for universities to ensure their compliance procedures are addressing the new rules. From changes in the abandonment and conversion processes to the impact on internal systems and procedures as well as communications with licensees, adjusting to the new rules represents a significant challenge.

But it’s a challenge that can be met and even bring improvements to TTO and research compliance operations if handled with a strong training component and a clear, detailed operational plan.

To help ensure a smooth transition and full compliance, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has secured an expert team from law firm Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP to lead a critical webinar, The 2018 Bayh Dole Revisions: Practical Compliance Guidance for Technology Transfer Offices, scheduled for July 17.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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