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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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Preparing “Diagnose & Treat” Patent Claims to be Valid and Enforceable


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 17th, 2018

Ever since the landmark Mayo v. Prometheus Supreme Court decision in 2012, it’s been a barren patent landscape for “diagnose and treat” method claims. But with several recent court decisions and USPTO guidance, there’s new room to maneuver in this complex area of patent practice — and new hope for universities and medical research institutions to patent their diagnostic methods, potentially opening a valuable new source of licensing revenues.

But challenges remain, and expert claims drafting guidance will be necessary to ensure these innovations are both patent eligible and enforceable. That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has teamed up with patent experts from Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein, LLP — who have carefully studied the current state of the law and are leading the charge to apply it — to present this important, cutting edge webinar: Preparing “Diagnose & Treat” Patent Claims to be Valid and Enforceable, scheduled for October 24th. For complete program 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: October 17th, 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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Patenting Machine Learning and AI Innovations: Strengthen Your Claims to Avoid Rejection


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 10th, 2018

Machine learning and artificial intelligence innovations are quickly becoming commonplace in the life sciences, informatics, automotive, security, and medical device fields just to name a few. Many universities are dedicating research centers and funding dollars to support these inventions, but risks abound in this emerging market and legal landscape — and ensuring valid and enforceable patents is a must.

Already this fast-paced innovation sector has become a hotbed of patent protection controversy. USPTO is providing some guidance, but as is often the case there is room for interpretation — and confusion for patent applicants. As we see with many software claims, the key appears to be in the description.

To help TTOs best protect their growing portfolios of machine learning and AI technologies, Technology Transfer Tactics has tapped Gregory Rabin, senior attorney with law firm Schwegman, Lundberg Woessner, to present the practical webinar Patenting Machine Learning and AI Innovations: Strengthen Your Claims to Avoid Rejection, scheduled for October 16.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Patenting Machine Learning and AI Innovations: Strengthen Your Claims to Avoid Rejection


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 3rd, 2018

Machine learning and artificial intelligence innovations are quickly becoming commonplace in the life sciences, informatics, automotive, security, and medical device fields just to name a few. Many universities are dedicating research centers and funding dollars to support these inventions, but risks abound in this emerging market and legal landscape — and ensuring valid and enforceable patents is a must.

Already this fast-paced innovation sector has become a hotbed of patent protection controversy. USPTO is providing some guidance, but as is often the case there is room for interpretation — and confusion for patent applicants. As we see with many software claims, the key appears to be in the description.

To help TTOs best protect their growing portfolios of machine learning and AI technologies, Technology Transfer Tactics has tapped Gregory Rabin, senior attorney with law firm Schwegman, Lundberg Woessner, to present the practical webinar Patenting Machine Learning and AI Innovations: Strengthen Your Claims to Avoid Rejection, scheduled for October 16.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Preparing “Diagnose & Treat” Patent Claims to be Valid and Enforceable


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 26th, 2018

Ever since the landmark Mayo v. Prometheus Supreme Court decision in 2012, it’s been a barren patent landscape for “diagnose and treat” method claims. But with several recent court decisions and USPTO guidance, there’s new room to maneuver in this complex area of patent practice — and new hope for universities and medical research institutions to patent their diagnostic methods, potentially opening a valuable new source of licensing revenues.

But challenges remain, and expert claims drafting guidance will be necessary to ensure these innovations are both patent eligible and enforceable. That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has teamed up with patent experts from Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein, LLP — who have carefully studied the current state of the law and are leading the charge to apply it — to present this important, cutting edge webinar: Preparing “Diagnose & Treat” Patent Claims to be Valid and Enforceable, scheduled for October 24th.

For complete program 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: September 26th, 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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Patenting Machine Learning and AI Innovations: Strengthen Your Claims to Avoid Rejection


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 19th, 2018

Machine learning and artificial intelligence innovations are quickly becoming commonplace in the life sciences, informatics, automotive, security, and medical device fields just to name a few. Many universities are dedicating research centers and funding dollars to support these inventions, but risks abound in this emerging market and legal landscape — and ensuring valid and enforceable patents is a must.

Already this fast-paced innovation sector has become a hotbed of patent protection controversy. USPTO is providing some guidance, but as is often the case there is room for interpretation — and confusion for patent applicants. As we see with many software claims, the key appears to be in the description.

To help TTOs best protect their growing portfolios of machine learning and AI technologies, Technology Transfer Tactics has tapped Gregory Rabin, senior attorney with law firm Schwegman, Lundberg Woessner, to present the practical webinar Patenting Machine Learning and AI Innovations: Strengthen Your Claims to Avoid Rejection, scheduled for October 16.

For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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