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Drafting and Negotiating SaaS Agreements: Best Practices for University Tech Transfer Offices


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 13th, 2019

“Software as a Service” (SaaS) agreements are often confused with software licenses, but the two couldn’t be more different. So, if you are using a boilerplate license agreement for your SaaS innovations, stop immediately!

The misconception lies in the term “software.” For instance, a license agreement grants the licensee the right to use and house the software in-house, whereas the SaaS agreement is granting the user access to the software. This distinction raises a host of other issues that need to be addressed in the agreement in order to protect data, comply with regulatory issues, and ultimately protect your IP. That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has scheduled this critically important webinar: Drafting and Negotiating SaaS Agreements: Best Practices for University Tech Transfer Offices, scheduled for December 10, featuring Silicon Valley attorney and tech licensing expert Kristie D. Prinz of Prinz Law Office. Join us as Ms. Prinz takes a deep dive into best practices for drafting and negotiating SaaS agreements.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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IP Portfolio Management for University Technology Transfer Offices: Assessing, Identifying, and Nurturing the Winners


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 13th, 2019

Effectively triaging and prioritizing your IP assets is one of your most critical tasks. You need expert strategies designed to get more files handled, thin the herd, and focus your resources on inventions with real commercial potential. That’s why Tech Transfer Central is introducing the six-session distance learning collection IP Portfolio Management for University Technology Transfer Offices: Assessing, Identifying, and Nurturing the Winners.

This resource contains over six hours of practical, immediately useful, how-to advice for improving your assessment process and applying your limited resources to the technologies with the most potential. You’ll learn from top IP professionals, attorneys and consultants as they provide you with practical guidance on your portfolio management challenges. These six recorded programs come in three formats — DVD, online video, and transcript — so you can share them with your entire staff at your convenience in any format.

The six programs included in this outstanding collection are:

  • Best Practices for Performing Provisional Patent Conversion Evaluations.
  • IP Audit Checklist: Best Practices to Identify, Protect, Monetize and Enforce University IP Assets.
  • Tech Launch Arizona’s Asset Development Program: A Case Study Webinar.
  • The “Need to Knowledge” Stage Gate Model for Objective Assessment and Efficient Advancement of University Innovations.
  • Using Customer Discovery Techniques to Validate Your University IP’s Commercial Viability.
  • Successful Transition of University IP From Discovery to Market: Case Study of the Johns Hopkins D2M Project.

For complete details and to order, CLICK HERE.

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Improving Data Integrity: Boost TTO Operations and Gain Reliability in Your Invention Management Database


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 6th, 2019

Your invention management database is a crucial tool in responding quickly and accurately to both operational and stakeholder reporting needs. But all too often the data TTOs produce falls short of needs and expectations due to errors, inconsistencies, and incompleteness. That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics has scheduled this important distance learning program for November 21st: Improving Data Integrity: Boost TTO Operations and Gain Reliability in Your Invention Management Database.

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. For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.  

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Drafting and Negotiating SaaS Agreements: Best Practices for University Tech Transfer Offices


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 30th, 2019

“Software as a Service” (SaaS) agreements are often confused with software licenses, but the two couldn’t be more different. So, if you are using a boilerplate license agreement for your SaaS innovations, stop immediately!

The misconception lies in the term “software.” For instance, a license agreement grants the licensee the right to use and house the software in-house, whereas the SaaS agreement is granting the user access to the software. This distinction raises a host of other issues that need to be addressed in the agreement in order to protect data, comply with regulatory issues, and ultimately protect your IP. That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has scheduled this critically important webinar: Drafting and Negotiating SaaS Agreements: Best Practices for University Tech Transfer Offices, scheduled for December 10, featuring Silicon Valley attorney and tech licensing expert Kristie D. Prinz of Prinz Law Office. Join us as Ms. Prinz takes a deep dive into best practices for drafting and negotiating SaaS agreements.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Coming next week: Cannabis Research and Commercialization – Best Practices for University IP Protection


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 23rd, 2019

As cannabis becomes big business and has become legalized in many states across the U.S., a growing number of universities have opened research units dedicated to the study of cannabis and hemp. Research and commercialization activity is booming around medical applications, agricultural advances, and consumer product development. But many legal experts warn that the industry‘s rapid growth is outpacing legal protections for the IP involved and can complicate matters for the research itself.

Universities face unique challenges in protecting intellectual property surrounding cannabis created by its conflicting legal status between state and federal law. The continued criminalization of cannabis at the federal level obstructs strong trademark protection. It has the effect of simultaneously making the demonstration of novelty easier under patent law while making compliance with the written description requirement more difficult. In other words, protecting the IP that stems from cannabis research is tricky, but not impossible.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has scheduled this important webinar: Cannabis Research and Commercialization: Best Practices for University IP Protection, scheduled for next Tuesday, October 29th. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Improving Data Integrity: Boost TTO Operations and Gain Reliability in Your Invention Management Database


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 16th, 2019

Tech transfer offices have a multitude of stakeholders to whom they must provide varying types of information. Inventors want to know the status of their invention disclosures, patents, and licenses. Institutional leadership wants to understand summaries of the same, plus financial information, sliced and diced in various ways. Then there are government agencies and trade associations like NIH and AUTM, as well as economic development agencies and other partners. And beyond all of that, even more important are the operational insights the TTO needs to function at top efficiency and effectiveness.

Your invention management database is a crucial tool in responding quickly and accurately to both operational and stakeholder reporting needs. But all too often the data TTOs produce falls short of needs and expectations due to errors, inconsistencies, and incompleteness. That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics has scheduled this important distance learning program for November 21st: Improving Data Integrity: Boost TTO Operations and Gain Reliability in Your Invention Management Database.

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. For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.  

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Coming Friday – Social Media for TTOs: Best Practices for Branding, Relationship-Building and Marketing Innovations


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 9th, 2019

Social media offers tech transfer and industry engagement offices a potentially powerful array of tools for increasing your brand recognition, forging strong relationships with faculty, students and the business community, and as a vehicle to market your innovations. But maximizing the impact of your social media marketing requires know-how that most offices don’t yet have — and as a result those efforts in many cases are scattershot, poorly targeted, and ineffective.

Success and impact lie in the planning and execution of your messages, and having a solid understanding of the various social media platforms and how to best employ them in the context of research commercialization and in targeting its various stakeholders.

To help you master these tools and techniques, Technology Transfer Tactics and University-Industry Engagement Advisor have partnered with two social media experts working in leading university TTOs to present this detailed, how-to webinar: Social Media For TTOs: Best Practices for Branding, Relationship-Building and Marketing Innovations. This session, scheduled for this Friday, October 11th, will delve into best practices for crafting creative, clear messages using your TTO’s persona, voice and identity. For complete program and faculty details or to register, CLICK HERE.

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Crafting Attractive, Sustainable Compensation Packages for University Start-Up Leadership


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 2nd, 2019

For fast-growing university start-ups struggling to achieve market traction, profitability, and investment dollars to reach the next level, finding the right leadership in this pivotal growth stage is critical. A key factor, of course, is an attractive compensation package. But unlike typical employee pay packages, a CEO’s pay is usually structured to reward the executive for positive company performance and reaching specific goals or milestones. Base salary, incentives, and benefits can be part of the equation, but for companies in this early stage providing equity can be a stronger draw and a better way to align incentives.

Structuring equity can be tricky, however. CEO equity typically dilutes common shareholders, so overly generous grants will hurt TTO investment returns. Too-stingy grants, on the other hand, may dilute the CEO’s stake to a pittance and therefore create a shift in allegiance. Entering into an equity agreement takes trust on both sides of the table, and when properly structured will anchor a commitment from the CEO and can propel the business and its leadership to the next level.

That’s why Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has secured attorney and start-up expert Dror Futter from Rimon Law to lead this highly informative webinar. Please join us TOMORROW, October 3rd, for Crafting Attractive, Sustainable Compensation Packages for University Start-Up Leadership. For complete details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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            · Financial Audits of Industry-Sponsored Research: What to Expect and How to Manage the Process ~ Wednesday, November 13, 2019

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Social Media for TTOs: Best Practices for Branding, Relationship-Building and Marketing Innovations


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 25th, 2019

Social media offers tech transfer and industry engagement offices a potentially powerful array of tools for increasing your brand recognition, forging strong relationships with faculty, students and the business community, and as a vehicle to market your innovations. But maximizing the impact of your social media marketing requires know-how that most offices don’t yet have — and as a result those efforts in many cases are scattershot, poorly targeted, and ineffective.

Success and impact lie in the planning and execution of your messages, and having a solid understanding of the various social media platforms and how to best employ them in the context of research commercialization and in targeting its various stakeholders.

To help you master these tools and techniques, Technology Transfer Tactics and University-Industry Engagement Advisor have partnered with two social media experts working in leading university TTOs to present this detailed, how-to webinar: Social Media For TTOs: Best Practices for Branding, Relationship-Building and Marketing Innovations. This session, scheduled for October 11th, will delve into best practices for crafting creative, clear messages using your TTO’s persona, voice and identity.

For complete program and faculty details or to register, CLICK HERE.

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IP Portfolio Management for University Technology Transfer Offices: Assessing, Identifying, and Nurturing the Winners


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 25th, 2019

Effectively triaging and prioritizing your IP assets is one of your most critical tasks. You need expert strategies designed to get more files handled, thin the herd, and focus your resources on inventions with real commercial potential. That’s why Tech Transfer Central is introducing the six-session distance learning collection IP Portfolio Management for University Technology Transfer Offices: Assessing, Identifying, and Nurturing the Winners.

This resource contains over six hours of practical, immediately useful, how-to advice for improving your assessment process and applying your limited resources to the technologies with the most potential. You’ll learn from the industry’s best and most respected IP professionals, attorneys and consultants as they provide you with practical guidance on your top portfolio management challenges. These six recorded programs come in three formats — DVD, online video, and transcript — so you can share them with your entire staff at your convenience in any format.

The six programs included in this outstanding collection are:

  • Best Practices for Performing Provisional Patent Conversion Evaluations.
  • IP Audit Checklist: Best Practices to Identify, Protect, Monetize and Enforce University IP Assets.
  • Tech Launch Arizona’s Asset Development Program: A Case Study Webinar.
  • The “Need to Knowledge” Stage Gate Model for Objective Assessment and Efficient Advancement of University Innovations.
  • Using Customer Discovery Techniques to Validate Your University IP’s Commercial Viability.
  • Successful Transition of University IP From Discovery to Market: Case Study of the Johns Hopkins D2M Project.

For complete details and to order, CLICK HERE.

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Standard Operating Procedures for TTOs: How Consistency Can Improve TTO Performance and Productivity


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 18th, 2019

All TTOs strive for efficiency and consistency when triaging technologies or moving an innovation through the commercialization process, yet few actually take the time to map out their procedures. But without Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), your office is prone to splintered communication among staff, less than optimal quality of work, decreased productivity, and a generalized perception of disorganization.  

Well-drafted SOPs document exactly what your office does, who does what, and how it is done most effectively. Though time-consuming to develop, the reward for investing in SOPs is a higher performing and more efficient operation, consistency in recordkeeping, and faster integration of new staff — all of which will lead to higher morale and ultimately more licenses and start-ups.

To help you and your staff make the most of SOPs while avoiding potential pitfalls, Tech Transfer Central is sponsoring this detailed, how-to webinar led by the experts at Fuentek, LLC: Standard Operating Procedures for TTOs: How Consistency Can Improve TTO Performance and Productivity, scheduled for September 25th. For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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Proven Strategies for Reducing TTO Patent Expenses without Sacrificing Quality


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: September 18th, 2019

Your TTO’s patent budget is a major line item, and probably the single biggest area where your office can save significant dollars. The technologies you file on, the foreign filing decisions you make, the attorney fees you negotiate, and the firms you use are just some of the key factors that play into whether you spend wisely.

Technology Transfer Tactics’ Distance Learning Division has created a collection of distance learning programs that target key areas within your patent budget that should be redlined for cost and quality reviews. Each program is led by experts in the field and offer strategic takeaways you can implement immediately. The three-program collection includes:

  • How University TTOs Can Slash Patent Expenses While Improving Patent Quality: Learn real-world lessons directly from the hard-fought cost reductions won by Hamid R. Piroozi, JD, an experienced patent attorney who now serves as the associate director in charge of legal affairs for Purdue’s Office of Technology Commercialization.
  • Best Practices for Cost-Effective Filing of PCT and EPO Patent Applications: While foreign patent applications can certainly be handled stateside, many law firms farm out the work to German firms. You can save thousands by cutting out the middle man, while securing high quality international patent protection. This crucial webinar will teach you how.
  • Maximize Your TTO’s Patent Budget through Effective Use of Patent Counsel: There are dozens of specific ways for you to stretch your budget and get more patents filed for less than you currently spend. This program will feature how-to advice that specifically focuses on the needs and concerns of TTOs. You’ll come away with creative strategies for immediate bottom-line benefits, significantly reducing your legal bills while improving the number and overall quality of your patent filings.

For complete details on this cost-cutting collection and to order, CLICK HERE.

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