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Lessons from Industry Tech Scouts: How Universities Can Meet Industry’s Needs while Fostering Long-Term Partnerships


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 21st, 2022

In a world where success in many corporations depends on their ability to produce technology innovations better and faster than their competitors, industry has become increasingly reliant on the technology expertise and associated IP found in university labs – and universities are competing hard to fill their pipelines. Technology Scouting is an essential component of this process – often, it’s the starting point for developing crucial corporate technology assets, and universities who want to score partnerships and patent licensing deals must have a good grasp of this critical role within the businesses they work with. 

Technology scouts identify technologies and researchers of interest, evaluate their fit with the company’s strategic objectives, and build relationships and collaborations with universities to help fuel their innovation engines. The key question for universities is: How can you ensure your innovative technologies and scientists are within the sight lines of collaborative companies?

That’s why we are producing this insider’s look at tech scouting featuring two Brown University commercialization leaders along with Dow, Inc. technology scout Liz Dhulst and Robert Ashcraft, a 10-year veteran of the Open Innovation team for the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology.

When you attend Lessons from Industry Tech Scouts: How Universities Can Meet Industry’s Needs while Fostering Long-Term Partnerships, scheduled for September 29th, you’ll hear from both sides of the fence – what corporations are looking for in a partner, and how universities can position themselves to meet those needs.

For complete program details and to register, click here.

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Best Practices in Preventing and Managing Research Fraud and Misconduct


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 21st, 2022

Effective management of sponsored research is a critical factor in the overall success of every university’s research enterprise. From avoiding conflicts of interest to managing regulatory and fiscal responsibilities, the challenges are diverse and complex — and the stakes are high in terms of research dollars, harsh non-compliance penalties, and the university’s reputation.

That’s why it is so important to identify and implement best practices and proven strategies – and why we’ve created this valuable collection of distance learning sessions: Best Practices in Preventing and Managing Research Fraud and Misconduct.

This collection comes with more than 30 pages of reference materials and includes these three strategy-packed programs:

  • Discovering, Reporting and Managing Fiscal Misconduct in University Research
  • Compliance Management and Fraud Prevention in Sponsored Research
  • Sponsored Research Compliance: Best Practices for Working with Auditors

For complete program and faculty details, click here.

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Revenue Splits for Multiple Inventors: How to Slice the Pie and Prevent Future Disputes


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 14th, 2022

When your TTO is dealing with IP having multiple inventors, splitting revenue — whether it be royalties, license and option fees, or equity — can be a complicated and occasionally contentious process.  And when the splits involve more than one institution or a license incorporating multiple inventions, it’s even trickier. While there are no foolproof strategies to eliminate future disputes over revenue splits, there are ways to minimize the risks while also demonstrating to inventors that your main goal is to be fair to everyone involved.

That’s why we’ve partnered with Dr. Terry Bray, Executive Director of Licensing, Physical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Center for Innovation, for this informative, problem-solving webinar: Revenue Splits for Multiple Inventors: How to Slice the Pie and Prevent Future Disputes, scheduled for September 20th.

Dr. Bray will cover common structures and scenarios for how inventor revenue shares are split, who is eligible to share revenues, and resolving disputes when they arise.  You’ll learn the pros and cons of different approaches to splitting revenues between inventors and discover strategies for refining your institution’s policies on this topic. For completed details or to register, click here.

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Proven Strategies for Rebranding and Revitalizing your TTO


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 14th, 2022

The role of technology transfer has evolved. And for some TTOs, the structure, branding, marketing, and modes of operation have simply not kept pace with those changes — nor with changes in expectations from administrators, legislators, faculty, and other key stakeholders.

The days of being strictly faculty-service oriented are gone, as are the days of vanity start-ups and patenting every disclosure. The focus has shifted to one that translates research into tangible economic development — jobs, tax revenues, start-ups, and return on research investments. While some forward-thinking offices have stayed ahead of the curve, others are lagging behind — and need a radical makeover.

That’s why we created Proven Strategies for Rebranding and Revitalizing your TTO, a distance learning case study collection that focuses on two standout rebranding projects from the University of New Hampshire and the University of Virginia. Each university embarked on a major renovation that involved upper administration as well as the entire researcher community — and required significant changes to the organizational structure and culture alike. And both restructuring efforts also brought huge rewards.

The collection includes on-demand videos, transcripts, and original program materials – and comes with unlimited access for your entire organization.

For complete details, click here.

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Webinar tomorrow – Licensees in Trouble: How to Protect University IP and Preserve the Relationship


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 7th, 2022

The relationships between TTOs and their licensees can be complicated. This is particularly true when those licensees are faculty start-ups born within the university system and their leadership teams still hold positions in the university and continue to disclose inventions to the TTO. It’s important to keep a positive and respectful relationship, but when the licensee is unable to fulfill its obligations, things can get sticky. And with all licensees, faculty founded or not, disappointing performance or lack of progress can give rise to difficult conversations – and difficult decisions.

Some situations, like failure to reach a specific milestone, should be detected early on and be dealt with in a supportive fashion. But when a licensee becomes insolvent, fails to pay royalties, or goes missing when reports or fees are due, trust wanes and the relationship — not to mention the future of the university’s IP — can be put in jeopardy.  

That’s why our Distance Learning Division has tapped leaders from the licensing team at the University of Louisville to present this practical webinar: Licensees in Trouble: How to Protect University IP and Preserve the Relationship, scheduled for TOMORROW, September 8th. During this one-hour program, our team of presenters will detail what factors contribute to licensee difficulties and failures — and how to mitigate the fallout. For complete details or to register, click here.

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Alternative Equity and Exit Strategies for University Startups


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 7th, 2022

In a fast-changing world — including the world of university start-ups — evolving and adapting to changing market conditions is imperative. And that applies perhaps most directly to two specific areas: the way equity stakes are handled, and the way exits are planned and executed.

Those changes are reflected in the rise of convertible notes and SAFE instruments as alternatives to typical start-up equity, and in the rise of special purpose acquisition companies as alternatives to traditional exits via acquisition or a traditional IPO. To help TTOs and their startups assess these alternatives and weigh their pros, cons, risks, and benefits, we’ve assembled this detailed, two-session distance learning collection: Alternative Equity and Exit Strategies for University Startups.

The collection features these two expert-led sessions:

  • SPACs and University Start-ups: Understanding and Assessing the Pros and Cons. Michael J. Blankenship, partner in the Houston office of Winston and Strawn, LLP, leads this program and explains what a SPAC is and why it has become such a popular option for going public – and why it can be especially attractive for university start-ups that may be undersized and wish to avoid the more difficult route to a traditional IPO.

For complete details or to order, click here.

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Data Licensing, Protection and Policy for Universities


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 7th, 2022

When it comes to data and its monetization, things are different – and more complex – than with the intellectual property TTOs, licensing professionals, and IP attorneys typically deal with.

Laws and regulations relating to consent and privacy must be navigated, along with issues related to the rights of the licensee and how royalties are distributed. And while virtually all institutions have patent policies in place covering ownership and handling of patentable inventions, data policies are still very mixed and sometimes completely absent. As more and more institutions monetize their data, the importance of a well-considered institutional data policy has become critical.

That’s why we’ve produced the distance learning collection Data Licensing, Protection and Policy for Universities, featuring two outstanding programs that combined will give you a clear roadmap for how to nail down data policies, address the tricky issues related to privacy, effectively protect your data-driven innovations, and license your valuable data to third parties while steering clear of legal potholes.

The collection includes our digital package (on-demand video and transcript), along with all program materials prepared by our expert panelists. You can share it throughout your organization!

For complete details, click here.

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Licensees in Trouble: How to Protect University IP and Preserve the Relationship


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: August 24th, 2022

The relationships between TTOs and their licensees can be complicated. This is particularly true when those licensees are faculty start-ups born within the university system and their leadership teams still hold positions in the university and continue to disclose inventions to the TTO. It’s important to keep a positive and respectful relationship, but when the licensee is unable to fulfill its obligations, things can get sticky. And with all licensees, faculty founded or not, disappointing performance or lack of progress can give rise to difficult conversations – and difficult decisions.

Some situations, like failure to reach a specific milestone, should be detected early on and be dealt with in a supportive fashion. But when a licensee becomes insolvent, fails to pay royalties, or goes missing when reports or fees are due, trust wanes and the relationship — not to mention the future of the university’s IP — can be put in jeopardy.  

That’s why our Distance Learning Division has tapped leaders from the licensing team at the University of Louisville to present this practical webinar: Licensees in Trouble: How to Protect University IP and Preserve the Relationship, scheduled for September 8th. During this one-hour program, our team of presenters will detail what factors contribute to licensee difficulties and failures — and how to mitigate the fallout. For complete details or to register, click here.

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Creating an Environment for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in University Research and Tech Transfer


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: August 24th, 2022

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 research and commercialization ecosystem within — and surrounding — the university.

The EDI division’s leaders, experts and educators 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 focused on building a commitment to cultural transformation in practice, policy, and processes.

Our Distance Learning Division teamed up with the leadership of the U of Utah’s EDI division to produce this thought-provoking distance learning program: Creating an Environment for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in University Research and Tech Transfer, available in on-demand video and transcript.

For complete details, click here.

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Revenue Splits for Multiple Inventors: How to Slice the Pie and Prevent Future Disputes


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: August 17th, 2022

When your TTO is dealing with IP having multiple inventors, splitting revenue — whether it be royalties, license and option fees, or equity — can be a complicated and occasionally contentious process.  And when the splits involve more than one institution or a license incorporating multiple inventions, it’s even trickier. While there are no foolproof strategies to eliminate future disputes or litigation over revenue splits, there are ways to minimize the risks while also demonstrating to inventors that your main goal is to be fair to everyone involved.

That’s why we’ve partnered with Dr. Terry Bray, Executive Director of Licensing, Physical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Center for Innovation, for this informative webinar: Revenue Splits for Multiple Inventors: How to Slice the Pie and Prevent Future Disputes, scheduled for September 20th.

Dr. Bray will cover common structures and scenarios for how inventor revenue shares are split, who is eligible to share revenues, and resolving disputes when they arise. You’ll learn the pros and cons of different approaches to splitting revenues between inventors and discover strategies for refining your institution’s policies on this topic. For complete details or to register, click here.

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Best Practices in University Research and Tech Transfer Compliance


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: August 17th, 2022

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 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 PDF 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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Licensees in Trouble: How to Protect University IP and Preserve the Relationship


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: August 10th, 2022

The relationships between TTOs and their licensees can be complicated. This is particularly true when those licensees are faculty start-ups born within the university system and their leadership teams still hold positions in the university and continue to disclose inventions to the TTO. It’s important to keep a positive and respectful relationship, but when the licensee is unable to fulfill its obligations, things can get sticky. And with all licensees, faculty founded or not, disappointing performance or lack of progress can give rise to difficult conversations – and difficult decisions.

Some situations, like failure to reach a specific milestone, should be detected early on and be dealt with in a supportive fashion. But when a licensee becomes insolvent, fails to pay royalties, or goes missing when reports or fees are due, trust wanes and the relationship — not to mention the future of the university’s IP — can be put in jeopardy.  

That’s why our Distance Learning Division has tapped leaders from the licensing team at the University of Louisville to present this practical webinar: Licensees in Trouble: How to Protect University IP and Preserve the Relationship, scheduled for September 8th. During this one-hour program, our team of presenters will detail what factors contribute to licensee difficulties and failures — and how to mitigate the fallout. For complete details or to register, click here.

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