Tech Transfer Central

Best Practices for Performing Provisional Patent Conversion Evaluations

Format: On-Demand Video/Transcript, or DVD
Originally presented: March 14, 2018

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The decision whether to maintain patent protection on a discovery when it comes time to convert a provisional application is not one to be taken lightly. Patent budgets, research priorities, strength of the IP, interest among potential licensees, and faculty egos and relationships with the TTO weigh heavily on the decision-making process.

It’s vital to map out an evaluation plan that serves to protect your IP with true market potential while also keeping costs in check and fulfilling your service mission to faculty. It’s a delicate balance, and you must be armed with supportable criteria and have a high level of confidence to justify your decisions.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with Rakhi Gibbons, Associate Director of Biomedical & Life Sciences Licensing at Tech Launch Arizona, for this important program:

Best Practices for Performing Provisional Patent Conversion Evaluations

This how-to webinar will focus on what factors TTOs should consider in making their patent conversion  decisions, and how to arrive at a solid determination among competing priorities and issues – budget, faculty pressure, competition, IP and development risks, licensee interest, and more.

During this one-hour session, Ms. Gibbons will discuss:

  • Conversion options and timelines
  • Pros and cons of each option
  • Market assessment and business intelligence considerations
  • Strength of IP and risk of challenge
  • Faculty relations issues
  • Cost considerations: who pays, how much and when, and how you can save budget dollars
  • Reimbursement options for start-ups
  • National Stage filing decisions – where to file, expenses, managing expectations
  • Foreign filing options and costs
  • Assessment process and criteria
  • Making the close calls

PLUS: Here the original recorded Q&A portion of the program

Meet Your Session Leader:

Rakhi Gibbons
Associate Director, Biomedical & Life Sciences Licensing
The University of Arizona
Tech Launch Arizona

Rakhi Gibbons has been in the technology transfer field for over a decade and is currently serving as the Associate Director for Biomedical and Life Sciences Licensing at the University of Arizona with Tech Launch Arizona.

Rakhi works closely with the licensing team, faculty and researchers in the Arizona Health Sciences Center (AHSC) and oversees intellectual property at AHSC and various life sciences departments across the UA campus. She has substantial experience in intellectual property, licensing, technology and contracts management, conflict of interest, and start up formation. In addition to her background in business and technology transfer, she has practical knowledge of life sciences through research with a biotech company in northern California, and academic research in the areas of molecular biology and genomics.

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