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


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 1st, 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.

Having a solid foundation of expertise in drafting those terms and provisions can make all the difference — and it’s even more critical for new licensing staff (though even the grizzled veterans can always use a refresher). That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has tapped Director of Licensing for the University of Michigan Bryce Pilz to lead this intensive 90-minute webinar workshop. Mr. Pilz will use a real license agreement and dissect it to discuss each section in depth. Join us for Anatomy of an IP License Agreement: Webinar Workshop for Tech Transfer Professionals, scheduled for April 8th. For complete details and to register, click here.

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Optimizing Tech Transfer Office Operations


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 1st, 2020

Tech Transfer Central has partnered with leading tech transfer consultants at Fuentek, LLC, to bring you an exclusive two-program distance learning collection that will guide you through creating Standard Operating Procedures for your office, and provide best practices for improving your data integrity so you can respond quickly and accurately to both operational and stakeholder reporting needs.

You’ll receive these two recorded programs in three formats — DVD, online video, and transcript — so you can view and share them with your entire staff at your convenience in any format:

  • Improving Data Integrity: Boost TTO Operations and Gain Reliability in Your Invention Management Database – Your invention management database is a crucial tool in responding quickly and accurately to both operational and stakeholder reporting needs. Regardless of what type of system you use, you will learn how to significantly improve data collection and reporting to enhance your office’s performance and its responsiveness to stakeholders.
  • Standard Operating Procedures for TTOs: How Consistency Can Improve TTO Performance and Productivity – Well-drafted SOPs document exactly what your office does, who does what, and how it is done most effectively. Though they can be time-consuming to develop, the reward for investing in SOPs is a higher performing and more efficient operation, consistency in recordkeeping, faster integration of new staff, and improved faculty service.

For complete details or to order, click here.

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Navigating Foreign Relationships and Reporting Requirements in University Research


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 25th, 2020

The crackdown on foreign influence in federally funded research is not going away – and now is not the time to let your guard down. Multiple federal agencies remain focused on failures among research universities to report linkages to foreign governments and organizations – and university leaders must assess their exposure and their compliance procedures.

It is becoming clear that the current state of a university’s compliance efforts and internal controls on foreign researchers will be considered in any future investigations and resulting penalties, so it’s time to make sure your house in order.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central has teamed up with UT-Austin’s Export Control Officer and Export Compliance Counsel David Ivey for this important webinar: Navigating Foreign Relationships and Reporting Requirements in University Research, scheduled for March 31. Attendees will get a solid plan of action for both policy and real-world practice. For complete program details or to register, click here.

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International Collaborations and IP Protection


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 25th, 2020

To help universities tap into the growing international opportunities for sponsored research deals and partnerships — 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 — even more critical today as international teams work to address the coronavirus pandemic.

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

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

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


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 18th, 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.

Having a solid foundation of expertise in drafting those terms and provisions can make all the difference – and it’s even more critical for new licensing staff (though even the grizzled veterans can always use a refresher). That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has tapped Director of Licensing for the University of Michigan Bryce Pilz to lead this intensive 90-minute webinar workshop. Mr. Pilz will use a real license agreement and dissect it to discuss each section in depth. Join us for Anatomy of an IP License Agreement: Webinar Workshop for Tech Transfer Professionals, scheduled for April 8th. For complete details and to register, click here.

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Working with Federal Laboratories: Best Practices for University-Based Technology Transfer and Licensing Professionals


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 11th, 2020

Whether your university is seeking to jointly conduct research, contract for use of space and expertise, or enter into a strategic partnership, Federal Labs are primed with a myriad of options at the ready. However, there are significant differences between how National Labs and universities are governed, operate, and function.

Understanding these differences — and the regulations that affect them — is key to a successful working relationship. Tech Transfer Central has partnered with Jason Stolworthy, JD, Director of Technology Deployment with the Idaho National Laboratory, to bring you this insightful webinar: Working with Federal Laboratories: Best Practices for University-Based Technology Transfer and Licensing Professionals, scheduled for March 19. We’ll focus on the similarities and differences in university and federal lab research, flexibilities and limitations in negotiating IP, and other best practices on how to engage effectively with a National Laboratory.

For complete program details or to register, click here.  

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


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 11th, 2020

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 Tech Transfer Central’s 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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Navigating Foreign Relationships and Reporting Requirements in University Research


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 4th, 2020

The crackdown on foreign influence in federally funded research is not going away – in fact, it just keeps getting more problematic for universities. In just the past few months, headlines have been filled with jarring stories about high-profile faculty arrests and more than a dozen major research institutions under investigation. Government agency reports are indicating a widespread lack of compliance with rules and regulations regarding reporting and internal monitoring efforts, and the feds say there’s much more to come.

Regardless of past miscues, it is becoming clear that the current state of a university’s compliance efforts and internal controls on foreign researchers will be considered in any future investigations and resulting penalties, so it’s time to make sure your house in order.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central has teamed up with UT-Austin’s Export Control Officer and Export Compliance Counsel David Ivey for this critically important webinar: Navigating Foreign Relationships and Reporting Requirements in University Research, scheduled for March 31. Attendees will get a solid plan of action for both policy and real-world practice from  compliance veteran David Ivey, Export Control Officer and Export Compliance Counsel for the University of Texas at Austin. For complete program details or to register, click here.

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Optimizing Tech Transfer Office Operations


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 4th, 2020

Tech Transfer Central has partnered with leading tech transfer consultants at Fuentek, LLC, to bring you an exclusive two-program distance learning collection that will guide you through creating Standard Operating Procedures for your office, and provide best practices for improving your data integrity so you can respond quickly and accurately to both operational and stakeholder reporting needs.

You’ll receive these two recorded programs in three formats — DVD, online video, and transcript — so you can view and share them with your entire staff at your convenience in any format:

  • Improving Data Integrity: Boost TTO Operations and Gain Reliability in Your Invention Management Database – Your invention management database is a crucial tool in responding quickly and accurately to both operational and stakeholder reporting needs. Regardless of what type of system you use, you will learn how to significantly improve data collection and reporting to enhance your office’s performance and its responsiveness to stakeholders.
  • Standard Operating Procedures for TTOs: How Consistency Can Improve TTO Performance and Productivity – Well-drafted SOPs document exactly what your office does, who does what, and how it is done most effectively. Though they can be time-consuming to develop, the reward for investing in SOPs is a higher performing and more efficient operation, consistency in recordkeeping, faster integration of new staff, and improved faculty service.

For complete details or to order, click here.

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Tech Transfer Primer for New Staff and Faculty – with unlimited use for future training


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 26th, 2020

Your entire office and your faculty inventors are invited to join Technology Transfer Tactics for a primer on the profession of technology transfer. This session, scheduled for March 5th, will provide new TTO staff with an appreciation for the scope of the job, help faculty understand the challenges faced in academic technology transfer, and offer a bevy of useful tips and tricks to make technology transfer work for everyone. It’s a great opportunity to onboard your new hires and impart a better appreciation of the process to your faculty.

Plus: Take the recorded program with you for continued training. All registrants receive the online video and transcript for continued training needs. Use it without limitation any time you need it to educate faculty or train new staff.  

To register or for more information, click here.

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The Guide to Commercializing Mobile Apps on Campus


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 26th, 2020

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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Webinar tomorrow — IP Litigation Financing: Risks and Benefits for Universities


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 19th, 2020

When it comes to fighting against patent infringement, most schools cannot afford to go the distance to protect their IP in court. Infringers are well aware of this unlevel playing field, and they make a strategic calculation that the risk of a legal challenge is less than the cost of a license. In most cases, they’re right: Universities do not have the financial resources to defend their valuable patent rights and obtain fair value for the use of the technology they worked so hard to develop.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. With the advent and growth of litigation financing options, universities can level the playing field and fight back. The results can be not only huge dollar awards, but also a stronger firewall against infringers.

To help university TTOs and administrators understand and evaluate this strategy, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with litigation financing expert Russell J. Genet of Longford Capital to bring you this critical webinar: IP Litigation Financing: Risks and Benefits for Universities. You’ll learn how to monetize your university’s IP rights through a financed litigation approach, creating a level playing field against deep-pocketed infringers without risking a big hit to university coffers.

For complete details or to register, click here.

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