Tech Transfer Central

Policy and Practice Governing Faculty Inventors: Protecting Your University While Building Solid Relationships for Lasting Success

A Four-Session Distance Learning Collection
Format: On-Demand Video/Transcript, or DVD
Price: $397

Establishing, reviewing, and revising policies and practices that govern sensitive issues surrounding the the commercialization of faculty research is no easy task. From IP ownership and conflicts of interest to commercialization incentives and disclosure management challenges, the policies and strategies you use form the foundation of your faculty relationships while also serving as a firewall against compliance problems, legal disputes, and public relations nightmares.

This four-hour collection of distance learning programs identifies best practices and proven strategies from your peers across the country who have successfully tackled policy issues and implemented key practices and procedures to protect the university while also building solid relationships with inventive faculty. 

Take a look at these four outstanding sessions. Click on the individual titles for more program and faculty details. Order the collection and get all four sessions for just $397 – half the price of the programs purchased individually. 

You get the On-Demand Video, Transcript, and original program materials – and receive unlimited access for you, your staff and faculty. You can use this valuable collection over and over whenever the need arises, and share it freely throughout your organization!

Here are the details:

Session One:
Blurred Lines and Gray Areas: Managing Conflicts of Interest in University Tech Transfer and Sponsored Research

Three experienced COI veterans analyze and provide solid guidance on conflicts as they relate to research, funding, and start-ups in the university setting. They cover:

  • Conflict of interest policies
    • What to consider: The gray areas
    • Variations between institutions
  • When to initiate a conflicts of interest review
  • Conflict of interest review memo contents
  • Who should provide input on a conflict of interest review
  • Strategies for improving faculty COI orientation and ongoing education
  • Defining individual, institutional, and imputed institutional interests
  • Determining “intangible” conflicts of interest and review examples
  • Managing and Reporting:
    • Conflict of commitment
    • Financial Conflict of Interest
      • Research funding sources
      • Equity stakes in start-ups
      • Family members’ financial interests

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Session Two:
Departing Faculty: How to Protect University IP, Avoid Legal Disputes, and Preserve Funding

You get a detailed review of best-practice policies and procedures for handling faculty departures, as well as critical guidance that will help protect your university’s IP, avert legal disputes, and preserve sponsored research funding.

  • Review of recent legal cases and their outcomes
  • Fine tuning your policies related to classes of departures such as:
    • faculty departing to another institution
    • faculty departing to industry
    • departures when sponsored research is at stake
  • Due diligence related to:
    • Disclosure of all research by new and departing faculty
    • Interviews with faculty members to ensure all research is properly disclosed
    • Determining how future research relates to prior research
    • Research grants and determining scope of research projects and potential for future IP rights
  • Coordinating with sponsored research office, human resources, and general counsel’s offices
  • Best practice guidelines for obtaining written agreement when:
    • faculty member expressly identifies certain projects as “works for hire”
    • disclosure of any future IP rights that may implicate work done at the institution
  • Dealing with concerns of research sponsors
  • Inter-institutional agreements that offer transparency regarding relevant invention disclosures to deal with overlapping subject matter before it becomes a problem

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Session Three:
Amending University IP Ownership Policies to Boost Disclosures and Corporate Interest

In this practical session, you’ll literally take a page from some forward-thinking universities’ policy manuals. They have taken steps to change their IP ownership models – as well as inventor compensation policies – and they’re using these changes as a lever to enhance corporate and faculty relations – and to do more deals as a result. This program will discuss those policies shifts and guide you on how to adapt them in your university.

Our experts discuss:

  • Laying the legal groundwork for ownership rights of IP created through:
    • Faculty as full-time employee
    • Faculty as consultant
    • Joint or sponsored research agreements
    • Student discoveries and disclosure
    • Licensee improvements
  • Leveraging IP ownership and compensation policy changes to attract strategic partners:
    • Inventor compensation and reward systems
    • IP policy for student inventions
    • Start-ups
    • IP and corporate licensees
  • Due diligence best practices that head off trouble and create transparency
  • Review of recent policy changes at two distinguished universities
  • IP ownership scenarios and the pros and cons of each

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Session Four:
Incentivizing University Faculty for Commercialization Activity

Given the pressure from many universities’ top administrators to get more tangible returns on research investments, there may never be a better opportunity to address the incentives issue. This program will help you introduce and implement an incentive plan that brings both a positive shift in faculty relationships and a positive return in the form of more licensing deals, more start-ups, and more impact on economic development.

Here’s what we cover: 

  • How the TTO can positively promote incentives:
    • Promotion and tenure
    • Financial incentives
    • Examples of specific incentive plans
  • Gaining buy-in and leadership from senior administration
  • Revisiting your IP policies regarding royalty shares, ownership rights, etc.
  • Expecting and handling political and faculty pushback
  • Outreach efforts:
    • Employ a push or pull strategy?
    • Tapping into alumni resources and buy-in
  • Tackling the perceived — and real — pros and cons of incentives

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To make this outstanding collection most useful to you and your organization, with your purchase you receive:

  • On-Demand Video access to all programs
  • Transcripts to all programs
  • Access to all of the original program materials including slideshows and handouts for attendees
  • Note: A DVD copy of the collection is available for an additional $50.

Plus: You can share it throughout your organization when, where, and how best suits your training needs!

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