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Anatomy of an IP License Agreement: Webinar Workshop for Tech Transfer Professionals


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: July 8th, 2020

Every license negotiation and resulting agreement is different, but they all share one thing in common: using clear, well-defined terms is important to clarify the rights and obligations of each party and to align the parties’ interests in moving academic innovations to the marketplace. From royalty calculations and equity provisions to patent prosecution costs and sublicensing — and everything in between — the details in that agreement are critical to get right for your inventors, your TTO, your licensee, and your university.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division recently tapped Bryce Pilz, Director of Licensing for the University of Michigan, to lead this intensive webinar workshop during which he uses a real license agreement and dissects it to discuss each section in depth.

The original live program was hailed by attendees as extremely practical and helpful, so we’re hosting an encore presentation of the entire program, including all Powerpoints. It’s an outstanding opportunity to share the program with your entire staff for at-home learning. The encore event is scheduled for July 14, and all attendees receive the on-demand video and transcript free for future use.

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Budget and Productivity Hacks for University TTOs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: July 1st, 2020

At universities across the globe, the purse strings are tighter than ever – and tech transfer offices are feeling it. Many TTOs report being busier than ever as technologies related to COVID-19 pour in, but staff and budget dollars are likely to decline, while expectations from administration are not likely to see a similar reduction.

Tech transfer professionals are a determined and innovative bunch, and they’ll need every bit of that ingenuity to keep up with disclosures, tech assessments, patents, licensing negotiations, start-up support, marketing and outreach, and the myriad tasks that make up a busy TTO’s days.

It will take some creative “hacks” to boost productivity and squeeze every drop out of your budget.

To help guide you, we’ve teamed up with TTO directors from two distinctly different offices to share their plans and strategies for getting the job done — and done well — with fewer resources. Please join Andrew R.O. Watson, PhD, CLP, Senior Director of OHSU Technology Transfer, and H. Victoria Bryant, Director of the Wyoming Technology Transfer and Research Products Center at the University of Wyoming, for this strategy-filled webinar: Budget and Productivity Hacks for University TTOs, scheduled for July 22nd.

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Best Practices in Material Transfer Agreement Management


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: July 1st, 2020

Your university spends untold dollars and hours on negotiating terms and processing hundreds, maybe 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 two practical programs that deliver specific strategies to help you manage your agreements, your time, and your IP. Here are more details on the two-program collection:

  1. Material Transfer Agreement Management: Negotiation Strategies to Strengthen Legal Protection and Gain Efficiency — You’ll gain solid guidance from two experts at the University of Iowa who have successfully addressed the MTA challenge, and are ready to share their strategies with you.
  2. Managing Material Transfer Agreements: Key Practices for Saving Time and Money — The Vanderbilt University TTO’s home-grown MTAShare automated MTA management system enables an extremely streamlined process, slashing both paperwork and many hours of staff time. Learn exactly how the university tackled its MTA workload, culminating in this time- and money-saving automated solution.

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Tech transfer directors share plans for return to campus


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 24th, 2020

If you aren’t able to join us for today’s webinar, Planning and Assessment for Safely Re-Opening On-Campus Tech Transfer Office Operations, you can still hear every word and receive all handouts in the on-demand video version.

Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division teamed up with TTO directors from three universities facing vastly different pandemic impacts and issues — MIT, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, and University of Nebraska. They will discuss the ongoing effects of the shutdown on their TTOs, their assessments and plans for transitioning back to campus, and what the future holds for their universities, their offices, their staff, and the faculty, students, and other stakeholders they serve.

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“Express” and “ready-to-sign” licensing programs detailed in Streamline Your Agreements distance learning package


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 24th, 2020

What’s the #1 complaint from licensees of university IP? The lengthy and sometimes arduous task of negotiating a deal. The typical twists, turns, reviews, approvals and other common detours can derail your agreement before it even gets inked. But you can break down those barriers by carefully defining terms, responsibilities, and compliance expectations using “express” licenses and “ready-to-sign” licenses.

These streamlined agreements have been proven to speed licensing deals and alleviate the “hassle factor.” That’s why Tech Transfer Central has developed a two-session distance learning product that focuses squarely on the benefits and drawbacks of each type of streamlined license.

The Streamline Your Agreements package includes two outstanding programs: The Continuing Evolution of Express Licensing and Ready-to-Sign Licenses: Bring in More Licensing Revenue with Less Effort. Featuring five tech transfer and licensing experts, the package includes both of these programs on DVD, on-demand video, and transcript plus handout materials prepared by our faculty.

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How Johns Hopkins Maintains Support for Student Entrepreneurs During the Shutdown: A Case Study Webinar


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 17th, 2020

Student entrepreneurs have had their education put on hold or transitioned to a whole new way of learning, lost their student housing, and in many cases were forced to abandon their belongings in the process. To add insult to injury, their entrepreneurial projects have been adversely affected as well. As incubators, accelerators, makerspaces, design labs closed their doors and transitioned to virtual platforms, many students and their projects risked falling off the radar.

But not if Johns Hopkins’ student ventures team has anything to say about it. Continuity is incredibly important when it comes to student innovation and student-led projects, and Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures’ FastForward U has implemented a plan to deal with the fallout as seamlessly as possible.

Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with Kerrie Carden, FastForward U’s Director of Student Ventures, for this insightful one-hour distance learning event: How Johns Hopkins Maintains Support for Student Entrepreneurs During the Shutdown: A Case Study Webinar, scheduled for June 30th.

Ms. Carden will offer insight into how to serve this particular population during the shutdown  by utilizing a variety of key resources, tools and approaches.

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Risk Assessment and Reporting Requirements for Foreign Research Relationships


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 17th, 2020

In just the past few weeks, more arrests of faculty from U.S. universities have been made for failure to disclose financial ties to the Chinese government, and more than a dozen major research institutions are under federal investigation.

The ongoing investigations and enforcement action come on the heels of last year’s NIH letter to grant-receiving institutions raising concerns of inappropriate influence by foreign entities. More than 50 universities have now been asked to investigate specific threats. Several labs have fired researchers over failure to disclose foreign relationships and funding, and the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies are looking into potential security risks associated with foreign talent recruitment programs. 

It’s a problem that isn’t going away. That’s why Tech Transfer Central has created this distance learning collection dedicated to improving your assessment strategies and compliance with reporting requirements. Risk Assessment and Reporting Requirements for Foreign Research Relationships features two recorded programs in our digital package format — on-demand video and print transcript — so you can view and share them with your entire staff on or off campus at your convenience.

The two programs are:

  • Navigating Foreign Relationships and Reporting Requirements in University Research, presented by: David Ivey, UT-Austin’s Export Control Officer and Export Compliance Counsel and providing a solid plan of action for both policy and real-world practice from a compliance veteran.
  • Mitigating Risks Associated with Foreign Research Collaborators, presented by: Wendy Epley, Principal, Wendy Epley Consulting. You’ll learn how to comply with the added security measures being required by federal agencies, identify red flags, and spot subtle clues of inappropriate foreign influence so your university can protect its research and its reputation.

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MIT, U Nebraska, and UT-RGV tech transfer directors to share plans for return to campus


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 10th, 2020

The transition to off-campus, remote working environments came swiftly and without the luxury of much advanced planning for many TTOs. Now, just as staff get comfortable in their new daily routines, federal and state governments are eager to re-open the country and get back to “normal.” Research labs are beginning non-essential work again, plans for the fall semester are coming into focus, and TTOs faces the difficult challenge of determining when and how to resume on-campus activity — and what that should look like as safety guidelines, research activity, and budget issues evolve.

To help inform and guide you, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with TTO directors from three universities facing vastly different pandemic impacts and issues — MIT, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, and University of Nebraska. They will discuss the ongoing effects of the shutdown on their TTOs, their assessments and plans for transitioning back to campus, and what the future holds for their universities, their offices, their staff, and the faculty, students, and other stakeholders they serve.

Join us for this insightful and critically important webinar: Planning and Assessment for Safely Re-Opening On-Campus Tech Transfer Office Operations, scheduled for June 24th.

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How Johns Hopkins Maintains Support for Student Entrepreneurs During the Shutdown: A Case Study Webinar


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 3rd, 2020

While your university is steadfastly dealing with the fallout of the pandemic campus-wide, one particular population has been hit with a one-two punch. Student entrepreneurs have had their education put on hold or transitioned to a whole new way of learning, lost their student housing, and in many cases were forced to abandon their belongings in the process. To add insult to injury, their entrepreneurial projects have been adversely affected as well. As incubators, accelerators, makerspaces and educational courses closed their doors and began the transition to virtual platforms, many students and their projects were suddenly at risk of falling off the radar.

But not if Johns Hopkins’ student ventures team has anything to say about it. Continuity is incredibly important when it comes to student innovation and student-led projects, and Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures’ FastForward U has implemented a plan to deal with the fallout as seamlessly as possible.

Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with Kerrie Carden, FastForward U’s Director of Student Ventures, for this insightful one-hour distance learning event: How Johns Hopkins Maintains Support for Student Entrepreneurs During the Shutdown: A Case Study Webinar, scheduled for June 30.

Ms. Carden will offer insight into how to serve this particular population during the shutdown  by utilizing a variety of key resources, tools and approaches. Click here for complete details and to register.

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IP Portfolio Management for University Technology Transfer Offices: Assessing, Identifying, and Nurturing the Winners


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: June 3rd, 2020

Effectively triaging and prioritizing your IP assets is one of your most critical tasks. You need expert strategies designed to get more files handled, thin the herd, and focus your resources on inventions with real commercial potential. That’s why Tech Transfer Central created the six-session distance learning collection IP Portfolio Management for University Technology Transfer Offices: Assessing, Identifying, and Nurturing the Winners.

This resource contains over six hours of practical, immediately useful, how-to advice for improving your assessment process and applying your limited resources to the technologies with the most potential. You’ll learn from top IP professionals, attorneys and consultants as they provide you with practical guidance on your portfolio management challenges. These six recorded programs come in three formats — online video, transcript, and DVD — so you can share them with your entire staff at your convenience in any format.

The six programs included in this outstanding collection are:

  • Best Practices for Performing Provisional Patent Conversion Evaluations.
  • IP Audit Checklist: Best Practices to Identify, Protect, Monetize and Enforce University IP Assets.
  • Tech Launch Arizona’s Asset Development Program: A Case Study Webinar.
  • The “Need to Knowledge” Stage Gate Model for Objective Assessment and Efficient Advancement of University Innovations.
  • Using Customer Discovery Techniques to Validate Your University IP’s Commercial Viability.
  • Successful Transition of University IP From Discovery to Market: Case Study of the Johns Hopkins D2M Project.

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Planning and Assessment for Safely Re-Opening On-Campus Tech Transfer Office Operations


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: May 27th, 2020

The transition to off-campus, remote working environments came swiftly and without the luxury of much advanced planning for many TTOs. Now, just as staff get comfortable in their new daily routines, federal and state governments are eager to re-open the country and get back to “normal.” Research labs are beginning non-essential work again, plans for the fall semester are coming into focus, and TTOs faces the difficult challenge of determining when and how to resume on-campus activity — and what that should look like as safety guidelines, research activity, and budget issues evolve.

To help inform and guide you, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with TTO directors from three universities facing vastly different pandemic impacts and issues – MIT, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, and University of Nebraska. They will discuss the ongoing effects of the shutdown on their TTOs, their assessments and plans for transitioning back to campus, and what the future holds for their universities, their offices, their staff, and the faculty, students, and other stakeholders they serve.

Join us for this insightful and critically important webinar: Planning and Assessment for Safely Re-Opening On-Campus Tech Transfer Office Operations, scheduled for June 24th. For complete program and faculty details and to register, click here.

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Three webinars this month address COVID-19 challenges for TTOs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 29th, 2020

Tech Transfer Central has scheduled three important webinars for the coming month, each addressing a different set of challenges being faced by TTOs and other research commercialization offices as they adjust to life in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click on any of the titles below for complete details and registration info. 

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