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The SBIR/STTR Proposal Playbook: A Webinar Workshop for Drafting Winning Applications


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 16th, 2019

The Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs dole out $2 billion to university-based ventures every year, and their awards can be significant sources of non-dilutive funding – if you know how to craft a proposal that will win over the reviewers. University researchers, start-up founders, TTOs, and research development staff must ensure their proposal has what it takes to earn the funding their projects need.

That starts with knowing what agencies such as the NSF, NIH and DoD are looking for in fundable projects and how to prepare your proposal for review. To give you the best chance of success, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has partnered with Kristen Parmelee of PCG, Inc. — one of the country’s top SBIR/STTR experts — to bring you this critically important program: The SBIR/STTR Proposal Playbook: A Webinar Workshop for Drafting Winning Applications,scheduled for January 23rd.

In this detailed workshop session, you’ll come away with a solid understanding of what makes a good SBIR/STTR proposal and what the largest agencies are looking for, so you can maximize your chances of getting the funding you need. For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Preparing University Start-Ups for Angel Investments: A Best Practice Webinar


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 19th, 2018

A typical angel investor is approached by hundreds of companies seeking funding, and even the best ideas can get overlooked without a well-crafted pitch and the right preparation. University start-ups can jump to the head of the pack if they understand and leverage their advantages over other new ventures, while also preparing effectively for the due diligence process. And tech transfer professionals can play a pivotal role in helping their start-up teams secure critical early-stage cash while avoiding common mistakes during due diligence that can cause once-eager investors to put away their checkbooks.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics is sponsoring this critical program designed to help TTOs and their early-stage start-ups prepare themselves for fundraising from angel investors: Preparing University Start Ups for Angel Investments: A Best Practice Webinar.

Join Michael D. Stein, a seasoned angel investor/advisor and IP attorney with Baker Hostetler LLP, when he discusses the key factors angels typically consider when screening start-up opportunities, how to identify and address their sweet spots, and how to ace the due diligence process and get the funding needed to and plot a course for growth.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Save thousands of dollars in staff training costs with the Tech Transfer Central’s All Access Pass


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 19th, 2018

Imagine having one affordable resource to meet all of your tech transfer training and education needs.

With Tech Transfer Central’s All Access Pass, you’ll have unlimited access, for your entire staff, to these resources:

  • All live distance learning programs and more than 400 recorded webinars and distance learning collections;
  • Current issues of Technology Transfer Tactics each month and all 11 years of best practices and TTO success strategies in our online archive;
  • 48 archived issues of Intellectual Property Marketing Advisor;
  • Anytime access to our subscriber-only online resources – reports, metrics, tools, templates and more!

With this incredibly valuable collection of resources at your fingertips to use whenever you need it, you’ll save thousands of dollars in staff training costs while dramatically expanding professional development opportunities for your entire staff — and your faculty. For more details or to schedule a quick demo with Distance Learning Director Debi Melillo, CLICK HERE.

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Preparing University Start-Ups for Angel Investments: A Best Practice Webinar


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 12th, 2018

A typical angel investor is approached by hundreds of companies seeking funding, and even the best ideas can get overlooked without a well-crafted pitch and the right preparation. University start-ups can jump to the head of the pack if they understand and leverage their advantages over other new ventures, while also preparing effectively for the due diligence process. And tech transfer professionals can play a pivotal role in helping their start-up teams secure critical early-stage cash while avoiding common mistakes during due diligence that can cause once-eager investors to put away their checkbooks.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics is sponsoring this critical program designed to help TTOs and their early-stage start-ups prepare themselves for fundraising from angel investors: Preparing University Start Ups for Angel Investments: A Best Practice Webinar.

Join Michael D. Stein, a seasoned angel investor/advisor and IP attorney with Baker Hostetler LLP, when he discusses the key factors angels typically consider when screening start-up opportunities, how to identify and address their sweet spots, and how to ace the due diligence process and get the funding needed to and plot a course for growth.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Preventing Tax Compliance Nightmares in University Tech Transfer and Industry-Sponsored Research


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 4th, 2018

Commercialization activity being managed in university tech transfer, corporate engagement, and sponsored research offices runs a significant risk of running afoul of tax exemption statutes – and that can create a compliance nightmare for your university and severe headaches for you.

What’s worse, these compliance threats are getting more numerous and more complex as commercial ventures and initiatives multiply and take new forms — for instance, companies that open on-campus labs, start-ups that use tax-exempt buildings and services, revenue from start-up equity, and industry partnerships that rely on campus resources. Non-compliance can result in fines, reputational damage, and even loss of non-profit status.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics, in partnership with Industry-Sponsored Research Management, is sponsoring this critical webinar: Preventing Tax Compliance Nightmares in University Tech Transfer and Industry-Sponsored Research. This session, scheduled for December 12, will address common tax issues associated with university research commercialization efforts, offering practical guidance from a seasoned university tax director, including a real-world case study of tax challenges faced by a major research institution.

You will leave this program with a thorough understanding of the tax issues that affect technology transfer and other research commercialization activities – and gain a full appreciation for the impact these issues can have on an institution when not managed appropriately. Plus, you’ll take home compliance guidance and strategies you can use to ensure you steer clear of common tax problems and complications.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Equity Terms and Distribution in University Start-Ups: A Best Practice Collection


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 4th, 2018

Striking the right balance when structuring equity deals with faculty start-ups is a delicate challenge that requires a full understanding of the financial levers involved. Each party will be impacted as the new venture gains value while taking on new partners — and a more complex cap table. And when founder’s equity must be divided at the outset, it’s even tougher to sort out an agreement that works for all — and for the health of the company — over the long term.

Equity Terms and Distribution in University Start-Ups: A Best Practice Collection, produced by Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division, provides over 3 hours of instruction on how to best draft equity and dilution clauses with the long-term in mind. We have partnered with top IP licensing experts to help you draft agreements that walk this tightrope effectively, protect your university’s and your faculty’s interests, and prevent investor turn-offs that can doom the start-up’s prospects at critical stages of growth.

For complete program details, CLICK HERE.

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TOMORROW: Drafting Technology Listings for Marketing University IP: A Webinar Workshop


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 28th, 2018

Technology listings are one of the most important and potentially powerful marketing tools in your arsenal — but they can also be complete duds if they’re filled with technical jargon and lack the key elements that expert marketers use to grab attention and then move prospects to action.

The most effective tech listings tell the innovation’s story, stress its benefits and market potential, and clearly demonstrate why the technology is suited for licensing, valuable to partners, or ready to be spun out. The importance of these stories can’t be overstated since they typically form the basis for multiple prongs in your marketing strategy, including web postings, social media, conference fliers, e-mail blasts, and online tech listings. It’s no exaggeration to say that the quality of these summaries can make or break a technology’s path to the marketplace.

That’s why we’ve partnered with one of the world’s top technology marketing teams, from leading tech transfer consulting firm Fuentek LLC, for this dynamic and interactive program: Drafting Technology Listings for Marketing University IP: A Webinar Workshop, scheduled for tomorrow, November 29th. Fuentek’s experts will guide you and your staff through a step-by-step process for preparing an effective marketing brief and leveraging its power by incorporating it into a comprehensive marketing strategy.

For complete details, CLICK HERE.

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Metrics and Benchmarking for University Corporate Engagement: Breaking Down Silos to Gauge Performance


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 14th, 2018

Building strategic corporate partnerships that lead to research sponsorships, technology licensing, workforce development programs, recruiting, and philanthropic support has become a critical imperative for many universities. And while a vibrant level of holistic engagement with industry is the goal, many schools face the challenge of limited resources coupled with a confusing array of decentralized access points for industry. That makes it not only difficult to fully leverage corporate relationships, but also nearly impossible to accurately quantify the impact of industry engagement efforts and measure performance over time.

You CAN break through the silos on campus to both present a welcoming front door to corporations and capture and centralize data to gather meaningful metrics and performance benchmarks. That’s been an ongoing process at Virginia Tech, culminating in the recent launch of LINK, The Center for Industry Partnerships. We’ve tapped Brad Fravel, MBA, PhD, Director of Business Development for Virginia Tech and a leading force within the Network of Academic Corporate Relations Officers (NACRO), to present this critical webinar: Metrics and Benchmarking for University Corporate Engagement: Breaking Down Silos to Gauge Performance, scheduled for November 27th.

This one-hour session will provide a roadmap to bringing your corporate engagement efforts into a more cohesive, holistic strategy, and gathering, organizing, and reporting the data you need to gauge the effectiveness of those efforts, report on your progress to stakeholders, and point you to areas needing improvement. For complete program and faculty details or to register, CLICK HERE.

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Deciphering the PTAB’s SOP, Claim Amendment, and Claim Construction Changes: Game Changers for Post-Grant Proceedings


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 7th, 2018

UPDATED AGENDA: This critical webinar, coming TOMORROW, November 8th, will include up-to-the-minute guidance on the just-announced proposed rule making for claim amendments in post-grant proceeding and new claim construction changes …

The PTAB has substantially revised its Standard Operating Procedures (“SOPs”) relating to paneling of matters before the PTAB and precedential and informative decisions. These revisions are related to paneling of matters before the PTAB and are meant to increase the transparency, predictability, and reliability of PTAB proceedings and have been called “game changing” for universities.

Perhaps even more critical for patent holders are just-announced claim construction changes as well as the USPTO’s plan to allow claim amendments in post-grant proceedings.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division tapped expert IP attorney Tyson Benson, associate with Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC, to present this important webinar: Deciphering the PTAB’s SOP, Claim Amendment, and Claim Construction Changes: Game Changers for Post-Grant Proceedings. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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The Complete Start-Up Boot Camp for University TTOs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 7th, 2018

For organizations looking to educate their faculty and staff on the challenges associated with launching and successfully managing university start-ups, Technology Transfer Tactics’ 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. 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.

For complete details, CLICK HERE.

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Drafting Technology Listings for Marketing University IP: A Webinar Workshop


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 25th, 2018

Technology listings are one of the most important and potentially powerful marketing tools in your arsenal – but they can also be complete duds if they’re filled with technical jargon and lack the key elements that expert marketers use to grab attention and then move prospects to action.

The most effective tech listings tell the innovation’s story, stress its benefits and market potential, and clearly demonstrate why the technology is suited for licensing, valuable to partners, or ready to be spun out. The importance of these stories can’t be overstated since they typically form the basis for multiple prongs in your marketing strategy, including web postings, social media, conference fliers, e-mail blasts, and online tech listings. It’s no exaggeration to say that the quality of these summaries can make or break a technology’s path to the marketplace.

That’s why we’ve partnered with one of the world’s top technology marketing teams, from leading tech transfer consulting firm Fuentek LLC, for this dynamic and interactive program: Drafting Technology Listings for Marketing University IP: A Webinar Workshop, scheduled for November 29th. Fuentek’s experts will guide you and your staff through a step-by-step process for preparing an effective marketing brief and leveraging its power by incorporating it into a comprehensive marketing strategy. For complete details, CLICK HERE.

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Deciphering the PTAB’s Standard Operating Procedure Changes: A Game Changer for Post-Grant Proceedings


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 24th, 2018

The PTAB has substantially revised its Standard Operating Procedures relating to paneling of matters before the PTAB and precedential and informative decisions. These revisions are meant to increase the transparency, predictability, and reliability of PTAB proceedings and have been called “game changing” for universities and other patent holders who, until now, have had to guess at whether PTAB would interpret and follow the rules, regulations, and precedents in the same way as the USPTO itself.

To fully benefit from these critical changes, however, technology transfer professionals and IP attorneys will need to fully understand the revisions and how they impact patent practice going forward.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division tapped expert IP attorney Tyson Benson, associate with Harness, Dickey & Pierce, PLC, to present this important webinar: Deciphering the PTAB’s Standard Operating Procedure Changes: A Game Changer for Post-Grant Proceedings, scheduled for Thursday, November 8th.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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