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Webinar tomorrow: Data Licensing and Privacy Protection Workshop for University TTOs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 22nd, 2020

Data is fast becoming one of the hottest topics in university licensing — particularly with AI-related innovations and other research projects that rely on huge data sets. Universities — especially those with affiliated health systems — are putting skin in the game, but there are big issues with the legalities of using even blinded clinical data, images, and health records.

With a myriad of laws relating to consent and privacy to be navigated, as well as issues related to the rights of the licensee, sublicensing, how royalties are distributed, and more, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has secured two data licensing and privacy experts to lead this critical webinar: Data Licensing and Privacy Protection Workshop for University TTOs, scheduled for January 23rd. For complete program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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Qualified Opportunity Zones: A Powerful Program for University Research and Economic Development


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 15th, 2020

With over 8,700 qualified opportunity zones in the U.S. — and many of those in close proximity to university campuses — there are countless prospects for universities to invest and partner with their local communities to encourage business growth and economic development while bolstering their research and commercialization ecosystem at the same time.

The Opportunity Zone legislation included in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act provides compelling and powerful incentives designed to drive economic development. Educational institutions are well positioned to take advantage of these incentives, bringing new projects, partners, jobs, and entrepreneurs that nurture the research and commercialization enterprise on and off campus. Some colleges and universities have already become pioneers in “O-zone” structures — attracting capital and partners to develop large-scale projects such as innovation districts, incubators, research parks, science centers, and other research-focused developments.

With that said, putting together legally compliant structures represents a sizable challenge. 

That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has partnered with John Balboni, co-head of Sullivan & Worcester LLP’s National Opportunity Zone Practice Group, and Brian Darmody, CEO of the Association of University Research Parks, for this interactive webinar that will explore one of the hottest topics for 2020: Qualified Opportunity Zones: A Powerful Program for University Research and Economic Development, scheduled for Thursday, January 30. For complete details and to register, click here.

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Invention Disclosure Management: Proven Strategies for Boosting Quantity and Assessing Quality


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 15th, 2020

Disclosures are the lifeblood of the university innovation cycle, and a huge portion of your TTO’s time is spent vetting and analyzing them for potential commercialization. On one hand, you don’t want to skim over your backlog and potentially miss a windfall. And on the other, too often you find yourself spinning your wheels on disclosures that just don’t make the grade to appease faculty egos.

Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has created a collection of three programs that target key disclosure management challenges, including faculty outreach and engagement, effective triage, and standardizing post-disclosure activity and communication. Invention Disclosure Management: Proven Strategies for Boosting Quantity and Assessing Quality includes all presentations in three formats — DVD, online video, and print transcript — so they can be shared conveniently throughout your organization when and how you wish.

For complete details and to order, click here.

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Data Licensing and Privacy Protection Workshop for University TTOs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 8th, 2020

Data is fast becoming one of the hottest topics in university licensing — particularly with AI-related innovations and other research projects that rely on huge data sets. Universities — especially those with affiliated health systems — are putting skin in the game, but there are big issues with the legalities of using even blinded clinical data, images, and health records.

With a myriad of laws relating to consent and privacy to be navigated, as well as issues related to the rights of the licensee, how royalties are distributed, and more, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has secured two data licensing and privacy experts to lead this urgent webinar: Data Licensing and Privacy Protection Workshop for University TTOs, scheduled for January 23rd. For complete program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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Data Licensing and Privacy Protection Workshop for University TTOs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 18th, 2019

Data is fast becoming one of the hottest topics in university licensing — particularly with AI-related innovations and other research projects that rely on huge data sets. Universities — especially those with affiliated health systems — are putting skin in the game, but there are big issues with the legalities of using even blinded clinical data, images, and health records.

With a myriad of laws relating to consent and privacy to be navigated, as well as issues related to the rights of the licensee, how royalties are distributed, and more, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has secured two data licensing and privacy experts to lead this urgent webinar: Data Licensing and Privacy Protection Workshop for University TTOs, scheduled for January 23rd. For complete program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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Three reports filled with data, benchmarks, and best practices for university incubators and accelerators


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 18th, 2019

In association with UBI Global, Tech Transfer Central is offering the Ultimate University Incubator and Accelerator Package, featuring three reports detailing the best practices and benchmarks from incubators and accelerators worldwide. And for a limited time, you can take advantage of a $100-off discount offer when you purchase the package. Here’s a brief summary of what’s included:

Reports 1 and 2: Best Practices at University-Linked Business Incubators and Accelerators: Cases Studies 2018, Volumes 1 and 2. These two reports provide an in-depth look behind the scenes at the operations, challenges, and opportunities from 24 of the world’s top-ranked incubators and accelerators. These programs excel in both their impact and performance relative to their global peers.

Report 3: Impact and Performance of University-Linked Business Incubators and Accelerators: World Benchmark 2017/18 Report is the most comprehensive benchmark study of university-linked business incubators and accelerators. The report is based on vetted and verified data from 259 incubators and accelerators, measuring 21 key performance indicators in 3 categories: Value for Ecosystem, Value for Client Startups, and Value for Incubation Program.

For complete details, click here

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Empowering and Supporting Women and Underserved Populations in University Innovation and Entrepreneurship


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 11th, 2019

For TTOs and university research in general, the benefits of inclusiveness and diversity are clear — more ideas emerge, more IP is created, and a wider swath of your community becomes part of the innovation ecosystem. Clearly, encouraging a shift toward parity in research commercialization is more than just the societal right thing to do — it promotes economic growth. But how do you move the needle?

Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has secured leaders from two of the most successful university programs designed to bolster inclusiveness and diversity for this strategy-filled, eye-opening webinar: Empowering and Supporting Women and Underserved Populations in University Innovation and Entrepreneurship, scheduled for December 17th.

Kathy Sohar, PhD, Director of the Women’s Collaboratory for Innovators with UF Innovate at the University of Florida, and Nichole Mercier, PhD, Assistant Vice Chancellor at Washington University in St. Louis and the Managing Director of the Washington University Office of Technology Management, will discuss their respective programs, how they are bringing underserved communities to the commercialization table, and bringing positive change to their campuses — and how you can too.

For complete program 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: December 4th, 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 next Tuesday, 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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Empowering and Supporting Women and Underserved Populations in University Innovation and Entrepreneurship


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 27th, 2019

For TTOs and university research in general, the benefits of inclusiveness and diversity are clear — more ideas emerge, more IP is created, and a wider swath of your community becomes part of the innovation ecosystem. Clearly, encouraging a shift toward parity in research commercialization is more than just the societal right thing to do — it promotes economic growth. But how? Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has secured leaders from two of the most successful university programs designed to bolster inclusiveness and diversity for this strategy-filled, eye-opening webinar: Empowering and Supporting Women and Underserved Populations in University Innovation and Entrepreneurship, scheduled for December 17th.

Kathy Sohar, PhD, Director of the Women’s Collaboratory for Innovators with UF Innovate at the University of Florida, and Nichole Mercier, PhD, Assistant Vice Chancellor at Washington University in St. Louis and the Managing Director of the Washington University Office of Technology Management, will discuss their respective programs, how they are bringing underserved communities to the commercialization table, and bringing positive change to their campuses — and how you can too.

For complete program details and to register, CLICK HERE.

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


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 20th, 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 TOMORROW, 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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Equity Terms and Distribution in University Start-Ups: A Best Practice Collection


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 20th, 2019

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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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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