Tech Transfer Central

IP Negotiation Strategies in University-Industry Partnerships: Perspectives From Both Sides of the Table

Format: On-Demand Video with closed captions
Originally presented: Friday, September 15, 2023
Price: $197

Intellectual property rights are at the heart of virtually every research collaboration between academia and industry, and the negotiation around IP is often contentious, frustrating – and too often a deal-breaker. Every negotiation is unique and loaded with complexity. By gaining practical knowledge of the various situations that arise in these negotiations – and the creative solutions used to resolve them — you can dramatically increase the chances of resolving IP issues and establishing long-term relationship that bring critical benefits to both partners.

We’ve teamed with a pair of experts with extensive experience on both sides of the table. Join DJ Nag, PhD, MBA, CLP, RTTP, President of Innovaito, LLC, and Tatiana Litvin-Vechnyak, PhD, Vice President of Technology Commercialization for Georgetown University, for this important program:

IP Negotiation Strategies in University-Industry Partnerships

This practical session will focus on arriving at a win-win strategy for resolving IP-related issues and structuring a deal that benefits both parties. The session will draw from the direct experiences of the speakers in handling sensitive situations, including a role-playing exercise in a mock negotiation to illustrate specific sticking points and showcase proven strategies for resolving them. 

Here is a brief look at the areas covered:

  • Who owns the foreground IP?
  • Rights to background IP?
  • Publication
  • Patent prosecution
  • Patent enforcement
  • Research, Development & Commercialization
  • Improvements
  • Other issues in IP negotiations
  • Mock negotiations to illustrate win-win resolutions

Use the recorded streaming video for future training and education

Meet your program leaders

Innovaito, LLC

Dr. DJ Nag is the President of Innovaito LLC, an intellectual property strategy think tank launched in 2018. Currently he also serves as an independent board member and Chair of the Governance committee at Crown Electrokinetics Inc (NASDAQ: CRKN), an energy saving technology company.

Previously, he was the Chief Investment Officer and head of IP and partnership at Ventech Solutions Inc., a healthcare technology company that manages quality data for the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  He has also led Ohio State University, Rutgers University, and University of Nebraska’s technology transfer offices.

As an entrepreneur he led a number of start-ups in the intellectual property strategy, artificial intelligence, and medical device space. Globally renowned as a consultant in patent monetization and intellectual property strategy, he has worked with many Fortune 500 companies, universities, and national governments. He was a Director of Ocean Tomo and a Vice President at ICAP Ocean Tomo leading patent transaction markets. He was recognized as one of the world’s top IP strategists by IAM300 in 2019. DJ served on the Board of AUTM, the leading technology transfer association, from 2012-14. He has been actively working with governments and universities in Poland, Japan, India, Turkey, Brazil, South Korea and Ukraine. 

Currently he teaches intellectual property strategy and negotiations as a Professor of Practice at Rutgers University, Lecturer at the ITQB NOVA in Oeiras, Portugal, and Visiting Professor at Shizuoka University in Japan. He volunteers as the Chair of the Ohio IP Alliance, the Executive-in-Residence at the Dublin City Schools leading a startup academy for high school students, and served on the Foundation board at the Dublin Methodist Hospital.

He recently joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) as an intellectual property and technology transfer expert.

Tatiana Litvin-VechnyakTatiana Litvin-Vechnyak, PhD
Vice President, Technology Commercialization
Georgetown University

Dr. Tatiana Litvin-Vechnyak joined Georgetown University in February, 2023, as the Vice President for the Office of Technology Commercialization to lead the technology transfer efforts focused on growth and support of Innovation and faculty entrepreneurship at Georgetown. 

She is a strategic leader and IP licensing professional with over 18 years of experience in IP protection strategy and due diligence, business development, and licensing of life sciences, physical sciences and agriculture innovations. Prior to Georgetown University, Tatiana was the Associate Vice President of Innovation Ventures (IV) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Some of Tatiana’s career accomplishments while at Rutgers, include the revamp of the university’s patent policy, establishment of a robust and diverse fellowship program that has alumni in technology transfer worldwide, and contributing to successful launch of the university’s gap funding program, TechAdvance.  

Tatiana is an active member in various local and national professional organizations, speaks frequently about intellectual property and technology licensing, and has taught a course on commercializing innovation for the Rutgers Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. She is a Registered Patent Agent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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