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Case Study of the Ohio State University TCO’s Risk Analysis Tool


By David Schwartz
Published: May 18th, 2022

Risk is something tech transfer professionals live with every day – compliance risk, COI risk, legal risk, underfunding and understaffing risks, infringement risk, start-up failure risk, licensee noncompliance risk, and many others – some easily defined and others that might not be obvious but can still have a negative impact on your TTO’s performance and results.

The key to managing and mitigating these risks is to identify, track, and measure progress toward resolving them while ensuring they are communicated transparently to both staff and administration, making the entire team accountable in an open, non-threatening, and systematic way. That’s exactly what The Ohio State University TCO has done, creating a risk analysis tool that has proved itself to be a critical aid in the office’s operation and management. Now OSU leadership is ready to share the risk tracking and mitigation system in this detailed webinar: Case Study of the Ohio State University’s Technology Commercialization Office’s Risk Analysis Tool, scheduled for June 2, 2022. 

Attendees will learn the details of the tool’s scoring and risk prioritization system, how risks are identified, categorized, and tracked, how mitigation efforts can impact risk scores, and how the risk analysis — and its communication throughout the TTO and beyond — brings a community effort to bear on critical problems and solutions. For full program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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Supporting University Startups with a Robust and Effective Venture Mentor Network: A best practice webinar


By David Schwartz
Published: May 11th, 2022

It’s been proven time and again that effective mentorship is one of the most critical factors in determining a start-up’s success. The best mentoring programs provide their founders with conflict-free, unbiased advice and guidance that drastically increases the probability of success.

But any old mentor won’t do. Curating a network of mentors with proven track-records for success, who are committed to long-term relationships with their mentees, and who aren’t afraid to address critical issues as they arise is a big job — but one that pays off in spades when the right people and processes are in place.

That’s why our Distance Learning Division is turning the spotlight on two best-in-class venture mentoring programs — the Venture Mentoring Service at MD Anderson Cancer Center (based on the widely heralded MIT VMS), and the Venture Mentoring Network at Northeastern University.

Join us for this strategy-filled, practical distance learning program: Supporting University Startups with a Robust and Effective Venture Mentor Network, scheduled for May 25th. For complete program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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What’s Next in Research Security Compliance? Considerations from the NSPM-33 Guidance to Federal Funding Agencies


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 27th, 2022

Compliance with federal research security regulations – particularly those related to improper foreign research influence – have been a major source of frustration and risk for universities and their research faculty.

The National Security Presidential Memorandum NSPM-33 may provide some relief and some clarity, but it also introduces new rules and new documentation, and an urgent need for compliance staff and university researchers to get up to speed on key compliance requirements.

What’s Next in Research Security Compliance? Considerations from the NSPM-33 Guidance to Federal Funding Agencies, scheduled for May 18th, will focus on the specifics of the NSPM-33 Guidance to Federal Funding Agencies, providing clear and effective rules for ensuring research security and defining researcher responsibilities. Using the NSPM-33 Guidance as a roadmap, our expert panel will explore what’s in store for research compliance, including specifics on conflicts of interest and commitment, digital persistent identifiers, and the role of faculty in research security regulatory adherence.

For complete program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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IP Law Essentials for Principal Investigators, Faculty and Student Inventors


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 27th, 2022

It’s no secret that faculty researchers and student innovators don’t typically have a clear understanding of intellectual property law — but the consequences of simple errors that arise from lack of basic know-how can be devastating to future patent protection and commercialization plans.

That’s why our Distance Learning Division created IP Law Essentials for Principal Investigators, Faculty and Student Inventors, a 2-session primer on IP and patent law specifically designed for PIs and faculty or student inventors.

The two programs — IP Law 101 and IP Law 201 — cover the patent law basics and then delve into more advance concepts involved in protecting IP created in university labs. The recordings can be shared freely with faculty and students throughout your organization. For complete details and to order, click here.

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Webinar tomorrow: New Models and Best Practices in Express-Style Licensing


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 20th, 2022

Since first being introduced, express-style licensing programs have been massaged, tweaked, improved and tested with a wide variety of configurations, structures, and licensee terms and requirements – and some clear winners and best practices have emerged.  

New Models and Best Practices in Express-Style Licensing, an “insider” webinar scheduled for tomorrow, April 21st, features a detailed look at three best-in-class express licensing programs: The University at Buffalo EXL, The University of Cincinnati Express License/Option, and The University of Georgia’s Industry Express and Georgia Start Up License.

In this strategy-filled session, the tech transfer leaders using these models will each focus on their programs’ licensing philosophy, criteria, terms, process, and results. They’ll also discuss best practices for drafting express licenses, as well as the incentives, benefits, and drawbacks for both your TTO and your licensees. For complete program details or to register, click here.

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Best Practices for Monetizing Patents: A Virtual Summit


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 20th, 2022

Your patent portfolio reflects decades of painstaking research and millions of dollars of investment, not to mention the cost of filing for and maintaining the patents. That’s why it is so important to be fully prepared when it comes time to monetize your valuable patent assets.

That’s why we’re hosting Best Practices for Monetizing Patents: A Virtual Summit, featuring a full day of high-level sessions led by more than 15 IP experts and thought leaders. This virtual summit event, co-sponsored by Certified Patent Valuation Analyst, is scheduled for June 9th and will take you through the gamut of options for optimizing the sale or licensing of your patents. Our expert panelists will:

  • Guide you in preparing your patents for monetization
  • Prepare you for negotiations
  • Provide detailed advice on working with patent brokers
  • Discuss what documents need to be prepared for each type of deal
  • Reveal the motivations of buyers and licensees
  • Assess patent value in exit strategies
  • Explore monetization via litigation finance and sale of royalty streams
  • Help you understand your post-sale obligations
  • Assess the merits of selling and licensing
  • Explore patent pools and monetizing standard essential patents
  • Guide your deal term considerations

For complete program and faculty details, including a full summit brochure. click here.

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New Models and Best Practices in Express-Style Licensing


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 13th, 2022

“Express” licenses have become a widely used tool in tech transfer, with a wide range of models all seeking the same goal: standardizing agreement terms to dramatically speed licensing and start-up formation. These quick agreements provide a transparent, streamlined pathway for faculty start-ups — and in some cases outside companies — to gain access to promising technologies with less hassle, greater efficiency for the TTO, and attractive terms.

Since first being introduced, these express-style licensing programs have been massaged, tweaked, improved and tested with a wide variety of configurations, structures, and licensee terms and requirements – and some clear winners and best practices have emerged.  

New Models and Best Practices in Express-Style Licensing, an “insider” webinar scheduled for April 21st, features a detailed look at three best-in-class express licensing programs: The University at Buffalo EXL, The University of Cincinnati Express License/Option, and The University of Georgia’s Industry Express and Georgia Start Up License.

In this strategy-filled session, the tech transfer leaders using these models will each focus on their programs’ licensing philosophy, criteria, terms, process, and results. They’ll also discuss best practices for drafting express licenses, as well as the incentives, benefits, and drawbacks for both your TTO and your licensees.

For complete program details or to register, click here.

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Strategies to Avoid Public Disclosures of Unprotected IP… and Damage Control Tactics for When Leaks Occur


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 6th, 2022

In the race to advance their invention, a researcher can unknowingly destroy its novelty, jeopardize its patentability, and forfeit the value of the IP by accidentally disclosing it before a patent application or provisional has been filed. 

Not only can TTOs establish education, outreach, and “early warning” monitoring programs to prevent these public disclosures, but they and their counsel can take critical steps to preserve patentability even after a disclosure occurs.

To make sure you’re doing all you can to prevent public disclosures — and to give you the best chance of saving your IP from an inadvertent loss of patentability — Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has tapped attorney Nicholas J. Landau, PhD, shareholder with Maynard Cooper Gale, for this critically important one-hour webinar: Strategies to Avoid Public Disclosures of Unprotected IP… and Damage Control Tactics for When Leaks Occur, scheduled for April 13th.

This session will outline prevention strategies as well as appropriate steps to take in common disclosure scenarios to minimize or prevent loss of rights. For complete program details or to register, click here.

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Webinar workshop next Tuesday: Using Convertible Notes and SAFEs in University Start-up Licensing


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 30th, 2022

Convertible notes, SAFEs, and other convertible instruments are very widely used in early-stage venture capital rounds, typically as a way to defer the challenging task of valuation to a future time.

When a university takes equity in an early-stage company, it faces a similarly challenging set of tasks in working with an uncertain valuation. And while the challenges faced by early-stage investors and university equity holders may be similar, university TTOs often request equity with anti-dilution rights, rather than using convertible instruments.  By doing so, they may miss out on many of the protective and advantageous features of a convertible instrument.

That’s why our Distance Learning Division has tapped attorney expert Benjamin Kern, partner with Winston and Strawn, for this detailed webinar: Using Convertible Notes and SAFEs in University Start-up Licensing: Strategy and Tactics for Equity Alternatives, scheduled for next Tuesday, April 5th. 

Mr. Kern will review the structure and strategic objectives of convertible notes and SAFEs for university start-ups, provide guidance on evaluating and comparing convertible, and discuss appropriate terms and triggers for converting debt to equity. For complete program details or to register, click here.

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Using Convertible Notes and SAFEs in University Start-up Licensing: Strategy and Tactics for Equity Alternatives


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 23rd, 2022

Convertible notes, SAFEs, and other convertible instruments are very widely used in early-stage venture capital rounds, typically as a way to defer the challenging task of valuation to a future time.

When a university takes equity in an early-stage company, it faces a similarly challenging set of tasks in working with an uncertain valuation. And while the challenges faced by early-stage investors and university equity holders may be similar, university TTOs often request equity with anti-dilution rights, rather than using convertible instruments.  By doing so, they may miss out on many of the protective and advantageous features of a convertible instrument.

That’s why our Distance Learning Division has tapped attorney expert Benjamin Kern, partner with Winston and Strawn, for this detailed webinar: Using Convertible Notes and SAFEs in University Start-up Licensing: Strategy and Tactics for Equity Alternatives, scheduled for April 5th. 

Mr. Kern will review the structure and strategic objectives of convertible notes and SAFEs for university start-ups, provide guidance on evaluating and comparing convertible, and discuss appropriate terms and triggers for converting debt to equity. 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 23rd, 2022

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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IP Docketing Best Practices for TTOs: Strategies for Avoiding Risks to Your IP Portfolio


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 16th, 2022

Protecting your university’s IP is a critical task vested with TTOs, and one vital component to securing that protection is managing important deadlines and maintaining an accurate database for the hundreds of projects that IP managers and docketing staff must handle on a daily basis.

Between the USPTO, iEdison, the EPO, and other international patent offices, there are many different ways to submit, handle and store correspondence, differing deadlines, and unique formalities within the prosecution cycle to keep track of. Inaccuracy or sloppy record-keeping can have a catastrophic effect on your university’s IP assets.

That’s why an airtight IP docketing system is necessary. It results in more efficient internal processes, less frustration, and fewer emergencies — affording technology managers and licensing staff more time to focus on commercialization strategy. And it’s particularly important when managing the prosecution process of hundreds of different patents and trademarks that can remain active over a period of many years. 

To help tech transfer offices ensure their docketing processes are fail-safe, we’ve partnered with Tyson B. Benson, JD, patent attorney with Vivacqua Crane, PLLC, to present this detailed and practical webinar: IP Docketing Best Practices for TTOs: Strategies for Avoiding Risks to Your IP Portfolio, scheduled for March 31.

For complete program details or to register, click here.

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