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Integrating Tech Transfer, Corporate Engagement, and Economic Development: Achieving Greater Impact and Efficiency

A growing number of universities have been breaking down silos separating tech transfer, corporate engagement and economic development. Recognizing the value and efficiencies involved in bringing these formerly separate but complementary units under a collaborative structure, they’re realizing improved communication, expanding industry relationships, and a host of other benefits from the coordination effects of their more integrated structures.   

Join us for this one-hour webinar featuring two best-in-class examples of centralized operations, albeit with distinctly different structures: Integrating Tech Transfer, Corporate Engagement, and Economic Development: Achieving Greater Impact and Efficiency, scheduled for May 22nd.

The University of Michigan’s Innovation Partners is a university department, while UNM Rainforest Innovations is an independent 501(3)c supporting the University of New Mexico’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Both are designed to streamline and “un-silo” the commercialization process, and we’ve tapped both programs’ leaders to discuss the inner workings of each structure, why it works best for them, and how they are unlocking significant capacity and growth through their coordinated, holistic approaches.

For complete details or to register, click here.

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IP License Agreement Primer: Understanding Key Provisions without the Legalese

It’s essential for tech transfer and industry engagement staff at all levels to understand each section of a license agreement so they can carefully review and negotiate each component — and ensure that the university’s rights and obligations are clearly defined and adequately protected. 

We’ve teamed up with licensing gurus Jonathan Gortat and Evan Elder of Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing to bring you this 90-minute, comprehensive webinar: IP License Agreement Primer: Understanding Key Provisions without the Legalese.

In this “A to Z” webinar, participants will obtain a clear understanding of key provisions of a license agreement in everyday language as opposed to legalese. Important issues to consider and look out for will be discussed, and the webinar will be aimed to educate and guide those newer to licensing or not in traditional licensing roles within the university. Use this expert-led primer to train your newer and less experienced staff, and keep the recorded program in your training library for future use whenever it’s needed.

For complete details or to register, click here.

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Webinar tomorrow – Turn Old Patents into New Revenue: Assertion Strategies for University Tech Transfer Offices

Every TTO has them: unlicensed older patents that cost the TTO money in maintenance fees and staff time. But don’t put them out to pasture just yet. Contrary to what you might think, old patents are often the most valuable — especially university patents, which are often years ahead of industry innovation and adoption.

Your TTO can generate licenses and royalties with this forgotten group of assets. Over the years, as markets and industries evolved, these patented technologies may have become part of products that by all rights should have involved a license — representing potentially significant revenues for your university and your faculty. Even if you don’t have the bandwidth or budget to pursue these forgotten gems, there are 3rd party options that can do it all for you: assess the portfolio, find the infringements, and handle the assertion. 

To learn how to tap into this potential, join experts from LevelSet Capital for this revenue-building webinar: Turn Old Patents into New Revenue: Assertion Strategies for University Tech Transfer Offices, scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, March 27th. Our expert panel will provide a detailed look at how universities can generate licenses and royalties from their older or dormant patent assets. For complete program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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Webinar Tomorrow: Leveraging Anti-Dilution Provisions to Protect University Equity in Startup Ventures

The venture ecosystem shifted dramatically over the last two years with enduring changes that will continue to impact dealmaking in 2024. As they navigate this challenging environment, university start-ups are increasingly utilizing convertible instruments, such as SAFEs and convertible notes, to delay determination of valuation until a more favorable fundraising climate emerges.

Understanding how the university’s anti-dilution rights operate when convertible securities are involved is essential not only for the university, but also for both entrepreneurs and investors to foster clarity and alignment among all parties. That’s why we’ve tapped Kate Schulhaus, PhD, who manages start-up equity for The Ohio State University’s Office of Innovation and Economic Development, to lead this critical and practical webinar: Leveraging Anti-Dilution Provisions to Protect University Equity in Startup Ventures, scheduled for tomorrow, March 20th.

During this detailed program, Dr. Schulhaus will delve into crucial strategies for anti-dilution and provide valuable insights into understanding, negotiating, and managing anti-dilution clauses effectively. For complete program details or to register, click here.

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IP License Agreement Primer: Understanding Key Provisions without the Legalese

The License Agreement is the culmination of years of hard work by researchers and tech transfer staff who have guided the innovation through the disclosure process, legal protection, and marketing. For TTOs, research managers, and industry engagement professionals, these agreements provide a roadmap to license compliance, revenue recognition and tracking, IP protection, and how your valuable innovations are commercialized.

It’s essential for tech transfer and industry engagement staff at all levels to understand each section of the contract so they can carefully review and negotiate each component — and ensure that the university’s rights and obligations are clearly defined and adequately protected. 

We’ve teamed up with licensing gurus Jonathan Gortat and Evan Elder of Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing to bring you this 90-minute, comprehensive webinar: IP License Agreement Primer: Understanding Key Provisions without the Legalese. In this “A to Z” webinar, participants will obtain a clear understanding of key provisions of a license agreement in everyday language as opposed to legalese. Important issues to consider and look out for will be discussed, and the webinar will be aimed to educate and guide those newer to licensing or not in traditional licensing roles within the university. Use this expert-led primer to train your newer and less experienced staff, and keep the recorded program in your training library for future use whenever it’s needed.

For complete details or to register, click here.

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IP License Agreement Primer: Understanding Key Provisions without the Legalese

The License Agreement is the culmination of years of hard work by researchers and tech transfer staff who have guided the innovation through the disclosure process, legal protection, and marketing. For TTOs, research managers, and industry engagement professionals, these agreements provide a roadmap to license compliance, revenue recognition and tracking, IP protection, and how your valuable innovations are commercialized.

It’s essential for tech transfer and industry engagement staff at all levels to understand each section of the contract so they can carefully review and negotiate each component — and ensure that the university’s rights and obligations are clearly defined and adequately protected. 

We’ve teamed up with licensing gurus Jonathan Gortat and Evan Elder of Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing to bring you this 90-minute, comprehensive webinar: IP License Agreement Primer: Understanding Key Provisions without the Legalese. In this “A to Z” webinar, participants will obtain a clear understanding of key provisions of a license agreement in everyday language terms as opposed to legal terms. Important issues to consider and look out for will be discussed, and the webinar will be aimed to educate and guide those newer to licensing or not in traditional licensing roles within the university. Use this expert-led primer to train your newer and less experienced staff, and keep the recorded program in your  training library for future use whenever it’s needed.

For complete details or to register, click here.

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The New Framework for March-In Rights: Potential Impact on University Partnerships and IP Licensing

The U.S. government’s proposed framework for exercising march-in rights under Bayh-Dole — including pricing considerations — has been met with a flurry of reactions. On one hand, supporters are praising the framework as a means to long-promised drug cost controls. On the other are cautionary skeptics and vocal critics — including tech transfer professionals, AUTM, BIO, The Bayh-Dole Coalition and many others — who envision these rights as going far beyond drug pricing and sending a dagger straight to the heart of government-funded innovation, university tech transfer, and U.S. competitiveness in critical technology fields.

With the majority of university-based research and innovation being supported in some measure through government funding, it begs the question: How could this framework affect the future of our ability to develop and commercialize government-funded IP?

Will start-ups be able to attract VC funding without assurance that their patents won’t be co-opted by the government? Will licensees perceive new levels of risk that make deals harder to come by and reduce the royalty rates and other fees they’re willing to pay? Do license and funding agreements now need to address the potential for march-in rights based on drug pricing considerations, and how? Also at stake are precious partnerships between research institutions and corporations that could be jeopardized out of fears that any project supported by government funding risks the loss of rights to critical IP.

The future is uncertain around march-in rights and their potential impact, and that’s why we’ve teamed up with two attorney experts from Foley Hoag to lead this critical and timely one-hour webinar: The New Framework for March-In Rights: Potential Impact on University Partnerships and IP Licensing, scheduled for February 29th. For complete details or to register, click here.  

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Intensive LinkedIn Workshop for TTOs: Strategies to Enhance Your Presence and Extend Your Reach

LinkedIn is the social medial channel for TTOs and industry engagement offices. It’s a must-use business tool that, when utilized to its maximum potential, will harvest valuable business connections with potential partners, investors, licensees, colleagues, and more.

But to realize that potential involves much more than just hitting the “connect” button. While many TTOs and engagement offices rely on LinkedIn as a part of their marketing and communication plans, very few actually have studied and learned how to optimize its impact and reach — and results. That’s where this two-part webinar workshop comes in. You could spend months or even years curating a network and posting content to achieve so-so results, or you could register today for this detailed, impactful workshop series: Intensive LinkedIn Workshop for TTOs: Strategies to Enhance Your Presence and Extend Your Reach, to be held on to successive Wednesdays, starting next week on January 24th and continuing on January 31st.

Our Distance Learning Division has enlisted Tamir Huberman, CIO and Head of Marketing at Yeda, the technology transfer arm of the Weizmann Institute, to present this strategy-packed, two-part workshop. Tamir is perhaps the foremost LinkedIn expert in the tech transfer field. He has organized the program into two distinct sessions. Attendees will be encouraged to apply the lessons from the first day during the week between sessions and build on those lessons with more advanced strategies presented in day 2.

This in-depth workshop is being held in two separate 90-minute sessions. Cost is just $297, and you can bring your staff to the live programs as well as keep the recorded version for unlimited use in future training. For complete program details or to register, click here.

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IP Protection and Generative AI Technologies: What Tech Transfer Offices (and their counsel) Need to Know

Generative AI tools like Dall*E and ChatGPT have exploded in the market and in popularity over the last year, and many university researchers are incorporating AI technologies into their research and resulting innovations. These systems use vast quantities of data as input to generate new customized content, such as text, images, and technical designs. As tech transfer and research offices consider how to support and license these innovations, they must be wary of a wide range of IP issues — and the rapid evolution of how those issues can and should be addressed. How IP is protected — or left unprotected — impacts the creators of training data, the companies providing the systems to the public, and third-party IP right holders.

It’s a virtual minefield with copyright infringement claims on the rise, disputes about ownership of machine-made works, and data integrity concerns. And with the new executive order from the Biden Administration now in the mix, the future for IP as it relates to AI is even cloudier. That’s why we’ve teamed up with two attorney experts to present this eye-opening webinar: IP Protection and Generative AI Technologies: What Tech Transfer Offices (and their counsel) Need to Know, scheduled for January 9, 2024.

Our expert panel will provide a detailed look at the current legal landscape for Generative AI tools, as well as peer into the future as new cases and regulations emerge. They’ll also discuss situations various IP rights holders may face in protecting or enforcing their rights, and address current issues that universities, companies, and governments are wrestling with at the intersection of IP rights and Generative AI.

For complete details or to register, click here.

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Webinar tomorrow – The EU’s Unified Patent Court at Six Months: Benefits, Drawbacks, and Trends

The EU’s Unified Patent Court is changing the IP landscape. Its early decisions have favored patentees, and that’s likely to attract more of these applications and have important implications for university TTOs and other IP owners. But the UPC is also in its infancy, and how it will decide and enforce cases continues to bear close scrutiny. It’s critical that universities and IP practitioners have a solid understanding of the benefits, risks, and operating principles of the Unitary Patent and the UPC.

We’ve recruited UK and European patent attorney Matthew Howell, partner with HLK-IP, to bring you this important and timely webinar: The EU’s Unified Patent Court at Six Months: Benefits, Drawbacks, and Trends, scheduled for December 13th. He’ll provide keen insight into the inner workings of the UPC, the use of the Unitary Patent, and how these new elements of EU patent regulation should inform your strategy going forward. For complete details and to register, click here.

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IP Protection and Generative AI Technologies: What Tech Transfer Offices (and their counsel) Need to Know

Generative AI tools like Dall*E and ChatGPT have exploded in the market and in popularity over the last year, and many university researchers are incorporating AI technologies into their research and resulting innovations. These systems use vast quantities of data as input to generate new customized content, such as text, images, and technical designs. As tech transfer and research offices consider how to support and license these innovations, they must be wary of a wide range of IP issues — and the rapid evolution of how those issues can and should be addressed. How IP is protected — or left unprotected — impacts the creators of training data, the companies providing the systems to the public, and third-party IP right holders.

It’s a virtual minefield with copyright infringement claims on the rise, disputes about ownership of machine-made works, and data integrity concerns. And with the new executive order from the Biden Administration now in the mix, the future for IP as it relates to AI is even cloudier. That’s why we’ve teamed up with two attorney experts to present this eye-opening webinar: IP Protection and Generative AI Technologies: What Tech Transfer Offices (and their counsel) Need to Know, scheduled for January 9, 2024.

Our expert panel will provide a detailed look at the current legal landscape for Generative AI tools, as well as peer into the future as new cases and regulations emerge. They’ll also discuss situations various IP rights holders may face in protecting or enforcing their rights, and address current issues that universities, companies, and governments are wrestling with at the intersection of IP rights and Generative AI.

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Webinar next week: University Collaborations with Hemp/Cannabis Companies

Universities like Florida State, Oregon State, Tennessee State, and Cornell University just to name a few, have established hemp-focused research centers that encourage interdisciplinary research and corporate partnering. Education, policy awareness, and the rapidly changing cannabis industry are also driving innovation as well as VC interest. At the same time, medical applications involving cannabinoids are rapidly advancing and gaining research funding as well as investor dollars. 

The industry is growing and opportunities for partnerships abound, but challenges remain.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with Robin Pate, Chief Marketing Officer for Green Point Research, K. Lance Anderson, partner at Dickinson Wright PLLC, and Frederick Cawthon, president of the Hemp Alliance of Tennessee and a Member of the Hemp Roundtable for this 60-minute distance learning session: University Collaborations with Hemp/Cannabis Companies: Dispelling Fears and Highlighting Opportunities for Research and Tech Transfer Partnerships, scheduled for next Tuesday, December 5th.

These experts will delve into the unique challenges associated with hemp and cannabis research, including limited funding sources, regulatory compliance issues, and variations in state regulations. They will draw from real-world experiences and explore how university partnerships have, and continue to, contribute to fundable and scalable research results in a wide variety of industry sectors. For complete program details or to register, click here.

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