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Coming this Thursday — Non-Disclosure Agreements in University Research and Commercialization: Drafting Strategies for Maximum IP Protection


By David Schwartz
Published: August 24th, 2021

When working with collaborators, potential licensees, investors, and others outside the university, poorly drafted NDAs can put your valuable IP in grave danger. To protect patent rights from public disclosures that threaten patentability, it’s imperative that tech transfer and industry engagement professionals understand the implications of a poorly drafted and executed NDA – and make sure these documents anticipate every twist and turn along the way.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central has scheduled this detailed and practical webinar: Non-Disclosure Agreements in University Research and Commercialization: Drafting Strategies for Maximum IP Protection. Join us this Thursday, August 26th, when patent attorney Satya S. Narayan with GCA Law Partners discuss the key legal issues around compliance and enforcement, along with best practices for drafting NDAs that effectively protect your IP in a range of scenarios.

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

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Drafting and Negotiating Industry-Sponsored Research Agreements


By David Schwartz
Published: August 24th, 2021

Landing an industry research partnership is no easy task and can take years to complete, but in many cases the “last mile” — when contracts are negotiated and drafted — is the toughest. It’s also the point at which the long-term value you hope to create with your corporate partner can either be cemented or put in jeopardy. The terms you agree on can set the stage for an incredibly productive and long-lasting relationship, but without proper alignment and careful drafting they can also set the deal up for confusion, conflict and failure.

That’s why we’ve created Drafting and Negotiating Industry-Sponsored Research Agreements, a four-program distance learning collection that’s filled with best practices, expert guidance, and key strategies that will ensure your industry partnership agreements are built to last.

These programs cover some of the most critical and trickiest issues you’ll face, including master research agreements, IP rights, preferential rights, and conflicts of interest – four outstanding

sessions that you can share with staff and keep for future education and training. Here’s what’s included:

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

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Accessing Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) Funding for SBIR/STTR Companies 


By David Schwartz
Published: August 17th, 2021

When submitting an SBIR or STTR Phase I or Phase II application, don’t leave money on the table…. TABA is a new program that gives SBIR/STTR companies funding over and above the SBIR/STTR grant to use for commercialization assistance services. The application process can be complex, and the program is still a mystery to many TTOs and research offices, but this workshop will reveal the details and offer practical insights into the TABA funds now available to SBIR/STTR Phase I and Phase II applicants.

We’ll cover the primary purpose of TABA funds, what funds can and cannot be used for, how to engage with a TABA vendor, and how to ensure your application includes this little-known additional funding stream. Join Kristen Parmelee, President of the Parmelee Consulting Group, Inc. for this detailed distance learning program: Accessing Technical and Business Assistance (TABA) Funding for SBIR/STTR Companies, scheduled for October 19th.
This program that will outline how different federal agencies participating in the SBIR/STTR program want you to request the funds, how much is available for applicants, what supporting documentation is required, selection of providers of TABA services, and how to ensure your SBIR/STTR companies don’t miss out on this extra non-dilutive cash. For complete details or to register, click here.

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Intellectual Property Primer for Non-Attorneys


By David Schwartz
Published: August 17th, 2021

Everyone in the commercialization pipeline must have a fundamental knowledge of how to identify intellectual property, how to help ensure its protection, and what their role is in that process. As every TTO can attest, just one conversation, one publication, or one forgotten contribution can put your IP in jeopardy.

This introductory, one-hour distance learning program focuses on the different categories of IP and the creator’s role in protecting each of them. This expert consult with a leading attorney is specifically designed for faculty, students, and others who need a good working understanding of the IP landscape – and their role in it.  

Attorney Tyson Benson, with Vivaqua Crane IP Law, leads this concise but comprehensive primer covering each type of intellectual property — how it’s protected, and how that protection can be lost or endangered. Mr. Benson offers clear guidance for IP creators on how they can work with your TTO and be an effective part of the IP creation and protection team.

Keep this program in your training “library” and use it throughout your organization whenever the need arises. Give faculty, staff, and student innovators the baseline knowledge they need to engage with the university commercialization enterprise. Click here for more details.

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Non-Disclosure Agreements in University Research and Commercialization: Drafting Strategies for Maximum IP Protection


By David Schwartz
Published: August 10th, 2021

When working with collaborators, potential licensees, investors, and others outside the university, poorly drafted NDAs can put your valuable IP in grave danger. 

To protect patent rights from public disclosures that threaten patentability, it’s imperative that tech transfer and industry engagement professionals understand the implications of a poorly drafted and executed NDA – and make sure these documents anticipate every twist and turn along the way.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central has scheduled this detailed and practical webinar: Non-Disclosure Agreements in University Research and Commercialization: Drafting Strategies for Maximum IP Protection. Join us on August 26th when patent attorney Satya S. Narayan with GCA Law Partners discuss the key legal issues around compliance and enforcement, along with best practices for drafting NDAs that effectively protect your IP in a range of scenarios.

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

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Webinar this Thursday — Strategies for Cultivating an Enterprising Talent Pipeline: An Inside Look at the JHTV Commercialization Academy


By David Schwartz
Published: August 3rd, 2021

Creating a talent pipeline takes time and careful planning, but when done right you are left with a well-stocked talent pool that feeds the needs of your local and regional communities and can solidify long-term relationships with your corporate partners.

That’s exactly what the Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV) Commercialization Academy is designed to accomplish. It’s a highly competitive program that provides Johns Hopkins full-time students with exposure to the fields of commercialization and entrepreneurship through a two-year paid fellowship.

The Commercialization Academy plugs top students from across JHU into JHTV’s teams, processes, and current tech transfer projects, giving them opportunities to inform their career choices as they learn, while providing tech transfer staff with much-needed extra hands. The goal is to build a highly skilled, experienced talent pipeline while creating growth opportunities for students and energetic brainpower for their IP projects as well as their future employers.

The results and feedback have been outstanding, and that’s why we’ve partnered with JHTV on this case study webinar: Strategies for Cultivating an Enterprising Talent Pipeline: An Inside Look at the JHTV Commercialization Academy, scheduled for this Thursday, August 5th.

For complete details, click here.

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Best Practices in University Research and Tech Transfer Compliance


By David Schwartz
Published: August 3rd, 2021

When it comes to matters of regulatory compliance in research, there is no room for error. Fortunately, strong education and airtight monitoring systems can prevent the damaging consequences of non-compliance that can result in a black mark on your university’s reputation – as well as its future research funding.

That’s why we’ve created the Best Practices in University Research and Tech Transfer Compliance distance learning collection. The collection consists of three distance learning programs, complete with all original program materials, filled with expert compliance guidance related to the Bayh-Dole Act, reporting guidelines for iEdison, and SBIR/STTR funding regulations.

You’ll receive the recorded programs in on-demand video and transcript — so you can listen and share them with staff at your convenience in whatever format you choose. It’s a great addition to your training library you can use over and over again.

The three programs included are:

  • Bayh-Dole Compliance Check-up: Effectively Address the Challenge of Complacency
  • Maintaining Compliance with iEdison: A Practical Guide for Universities
  • Avoid SBIR/STTR Fraud and Abuse Allegations in University Research

For complete details, click here.

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Don’t miss it tomorrow: Creating an Environment for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in University Research and Tech Transfer


By David Schwartz
Published: July 27th, 2021

Many universities are actively striving to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) within their institutions — not only for their student population, but also in their research and commercialization activity. But what strategies or programs will best help them achieve this goal?

The University of Utah has become a leading voice in the movement toward full representation, having established its EDI division to nurture a safe and inclusive environment while instilling the same values throughout the region’s research and commercialization ecosystem.

The EDI division’s leaders partner with all colleges, departments and the broader community to help develop initiatives aimed at fostering more awareness, advocacy, and action to address systemic inequities and build a commitment to cultural transformation in practice, policy, and processes.

Our Distance Learning Division has teamed up with the leadership of the U of Utah’s EDI division to bring you this thought-provoking webinar: Creating an Environment for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in University Research and Tech Transfer, scheduled for tomorrow, July 28th.

For complete details or to register, click here.

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Don’t miss “Corporate Tiering Strategies: Identifying and Nurturing High-Value Industry Partnerships”


By David Schwartz
Published: July 20th, 2021

Corporate tiering, a strategy for identifying your most valuable partnerships as well as your best prospects — and for maximizing those engagements in a strategic way for the university — has been utilized by Virginia Tech and the University of Washington for years with great success. Using a data-focused approach, the corporate tiering strategy allows the schools to sift through the thousands of sponsors providing gifts and other research support to identify and cultivate the most important relationships.

Our Distance Learning Division has teamed up with the industry engagement leaders at both schools to bring you this detailed and partnership-building webinar: Corporate Tiering Strategies: Identifying and Nurturing High-Value Industry Partnerships, scheduled for this Thursday, July 22.

Please join Brad Fravel, MBA, PhD, executive director of LINK: Center for Advancing Partnerships at Virginia Tech, and Todd Cleland, PhD, SM/MBA, senior director of industry relations with the University of Washington, for this strategy-filled program.

For complete program details or to register, click here.

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Drafting and Negotiating Master Research Agreements


By David Schwartz
Published: July 20th, 2021

As corporate interest in partnering with universities rises, so does the need for high-quality master research agreements (MRAs). While they can save time and smooth the path to deeper industry-university partnerships, negotiating an MRA is no easy task. It is a thorough and deliberate process and you must address terms and conditions that are — and will be — applicable to each project over time, while also providing wiggle room for project-specific issues to be addressed later. This is made even more difficult when projects are ongoing and outcomes are unknown.

The goal is a win-win agreement with your corporate partner/sponsor. So how do you draft an MRA that suits the needs of both parties? Get the answers in this practical distance learning program featuring global R&D advisor and attorney James Casey. Drafting and Negotiating Master Research Agreements is a strategy-filled, detailed program that will provide best practices for solidly written agreements that will stand the test of time.

For complete details or to order, click here.

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Webinar this Thursday: Fortify Your University’s Economic Development Efforts Through the EDA’s University Center Grant Program


By David Schwartz
Published: July 13th, 2021

The U.S. Economic Development Administration University Center Grant Program allows university centers to concentrate on cultivating innovation to advance high-growth entrepreneurship, while encouraging business expansion and developing a highly skilled regional workforce.

The University of Maryland is a great example of the EDA’s university center concept’s success. When the university first obtained grant funding 10 years ago, their economic development plan was all but non-existent. Recognizing the growth potential in the region, thought leaders at UMD’s National Center for Smart Growth began to analyze and gather data that would serve to drive their growth plan. An economic development office was born, and it collaborates with tech transfer leadership and the NCSG’s researchers in charge of the grant. They work together to attract and encourage business partners to plant roots in the region, work closely with university researchers, and take advantage of technology parks and community outreach programs.

The UMD experience serves as a beacon for other university center programs and, in areas where funding isn’t available yet, as a roadmap for their economic growth plan. To give other universities an inside look at the university center program in action – and how it provides valuable support for regional growth through innovation — Tech Transfer Central has teamed up with UMD to bring you this compelling webinar: Fortify Your University’s Economic Development Efforts Through the EDA’s University Center Grant Program, scheduled for this Thursday, July 15.

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

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Best Practices for Bolstering Economic Development and Building Your University’s Innovation Ecosystem


By David Schwartz
Published: July 13th, 2021

Universities worldwide are being called upon like never before to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and the commercialization of research — and to demonstrate the results of their efforts in terms of economic impact. Jobs and regional economic growth have become some of the new metrics for tech transfer and industry engagement offices.

But large scale economic development initiatives come with equally large challenges, and that’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has compiled best practice advice from six top university-driven economic development efforts in the practical collection Best Practices for Bolstering Economic Development and Building Your University’s Innovation Ecosystem.

In this outstanding distance learning resource, you get these four programs plus more than 50 pages of program materials:

  • Session 1: Creating An Accelerator Furnace for University Technology: Arizona State’s Success Story
  • Session 2: How To Build and Nurture an Innovation District
  • Session 3: Start-Up Accelerator Best Practices: Speed the Launch of Sustainable Businesses
  • Session 4: Transform Your TTO Into an Economic Development Engine

Learn how leading universities have made big strides in boosting their regional economies, building out their innovation ecosystems, and getting more research out of the lab and into the marketplace. You get unlimited access for you, your staff and faculty.

Click here for complete program and faculty details or to order.

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