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Best Practices for Licensing Research Tools and Materials


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 14th, 2021

Mouse models, cell lines, data, reagents, software…. Your university has a vast inventory of research materials and tools that represent valuable IP assets with significant licensing potential. The challenge is to find, categorize, and market them to create a new or expanded revenue stream for your TTO.

These tangible research materials, whether biological, chemical, physical, or otherwise represent significant untapped revenue. The key is identifying these materials and making them readily available for licensing via click-thru licenses for immediate revenue, as well as understanding the structure and negotiation strategy required for larger or bundled licenses.

To ensure you get maximum value from your research tool assets, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has partnered with attorney and UNeMed Business Development Manager Joe Runge for this detailed webinar: Best Practices for Licensing Research Tools and Materials, scheduled for April 21st.

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Best Practices for Licensing Research Tools and Materials


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: April 7th, 2021

Mouse models, cell lines, data, reagents, software…. Your university has a vast inventory of research materials and tools that represent valuable IP assets with significant licensing potential. The challenge is to find, categorize, and market them to create a new or expanded revenue stream for your TTO.

These tangible research materials, whether biological, chemical, physical, or otherwise represent significant untapped revenue. The key is identifying these materials and making them readily available for licensing via click-thru licenses for immediate revenue, as well as understanding the structure and negotiation strategy required for larger or bundled licenses.

To ensure you get maximum value from your research tool assets, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has partnered with attorney and UNeMed Business Development Manager Joe Runge for this detailed webinar: Best Practices for Licensing Research Tools and Materials, scheduled for April 21st.

For complete program details or to register, click here.

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Post-License Royalty Audits: Strategies for Discovering, Managing and Avoiding Discrepancies in Reporting


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 31st, 2021

A successful licensing compliance program should be a self-sustaining effort that utilizes multiple compliance tools — including onsite audits — and delivers a strong message to licensees that you intend to enforce and protect your IP rights. Royalty audits can and should be a critical part of every TTO’s license compliance efforts.

Studies show that over 90% of royalty audits reveal underpayments. There are myriad factors that contribute to the underreporting of royalties: misunderstanding of the terms in the original agreement, financial hardship of the licensee, new products launched and not accounted for, sublicensing payments, and many others.

An effective royalty audit program can pay for itself many times over, since instances of underreporting can represent hundreds of thousands of lost dollars — dollars that could have been reinvested in research or IP development, not to mention the TTO’s own operating budget. To help you unearth that “missing” revenue, we’re producing this practical webinar: Post-License Royalty Audits: Strategies for Discovering, Managing and Avoiding Discrepancies in Reporting.

Join us on April 27th when Karen Wang, Director in the Disputes, Compliance, & Investigations group with Stout, discusses critical issues associated with royalty reporting and compliance, and proven strategies to ensure you receive every penny you deserve.

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The Complete Start-Up Boot Camp for University TTOs – a resource for at-home training and education of faculty, staff, and students


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 31st, 2021

The disruption related to the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t mean you have to stop educating faculty, staff, and students on the challenges associated with launching and successfully managing university start-ups. Tech Transfer Central has created a distance learning resource that’s inexpensive, comprehensive, and can be accessed by your staff and faculty wherever and whenever it’s needed.

The Complete Start-Up Boot Camp for University TTOs is the perfect resource to take inventors and your staff step-by-step through the venture creation process from launch to exit – all from home. This 22-session distance learning series — in three outstanding volumes led by a world-class roster of academic start-up experts — contains over 25 hours of detailed guidance and advice. Each program will provide the detailed training and strategies your faculty, students, and staff need to more effectively launch and manage start-ups, as well as foster a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem to support them.

Click here for complete details.

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Best Practices for Licensing Research Tools and Materials


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 24th, 2021

Mouse models, cell lines, data, reagents, software…. Your university has a vast inventory of research materials and tools — and these tools have significant licensing potential. The challenge is to find, categorize, and market them to create a new or expanded revenue stream for your TTO.

These tangible research materials, whether biological, chemical, physical, or otherwise represent significant untapped revenue. The key is identifying these materials and making them readily available for licensing via click-thru licenses for immediate revenue, and understanding the structure and negotiation strategy required for larger or bundled licenses.

To ensure you get maximum value from your research tool assets, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has partnered with attorney and UNeMed Business Development Manager Joe Runge for this detailed webinar: Best Practices for Licensing Research Tools and Materials, scheduled for April 21st.

For complete program details or to register, click here.

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Managing Conflicts of Interest in the Commercialization of University Research


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 24th, 2021

Managing conflicts of interest (COIs) between funding sources and faculty researchers is always a tough challenge for tech transfer, sponsored research, and compliance offices that requires much coordination and careful handling. Although tech transfer and research managers recognize that conflicts are a given during the process of transferring IP either through a license agreement, spinout, or partnership, managing and mitigating those COIs is a seemingly never ending battle — and it’s fraught with danger not only for the university, but also for its faculty.

That’s why we’re created the three-session distance learning collection Managing Conflicts of Interest in the Commercialization of University Research, to provide a solid set of guidelines and proven strategies to ensure COI issues related to commercialization activity are addressed effectively.

These three programs are included in the collection:

  • Blurred Lines and Gray Areas: Managing Conflicts of Interest in University Tech Transfer and Sponsored Research
  • Ensuring Compliance with Financial Conflict of Interest Regs
  • Best Practices for Managing Conflicts of Interest in Faculty Start Ups

For complete program and faculty details, or to order, click here.

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Non-Disclosure Agreements in University Research and Commercialization: Drafting Strategies for Maximum IP Protection


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 17th, 2021

When working with collaborators, potential licensees, investors, and others outside the university, poorly drafted NDAs can put your valuable IP in grave danger.   

In academia, NDAs are used to protect patent rights from public disclosures that threaten patentability. But just as importantly, NDAs used in partnerships, co-invention, licensing discussions, and investment negotiations prevent others from co-opting your researchers’ valuable innovations. In a worst-case scenario, you can literally lose the rights to the patent, as has been made painfully clear by the courts in recent cases.

Given the huge stakes, it’s imperative that universities understand the implications of a poorly drafted and executed NDA — and make sure these documents anticipate every twist and turn along the way. That’s why Tech Transfer Central has scheduled this detailed and practical webinar: Non-Disclosure Agreements in University Research and Commercialization: Drafting Strategies for Maximum IP Protection, scheduled for April 13th. Our patent attorney-TTO executive faculty team will discuss NDAs, their use in academia, and the key legal issues around compliance and enforcement.

For complete program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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University Technology Marketing Boot Camp – on-demand distance learning


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 17th, 2021

The University Technology Marketing Bootcamp, featuring a panel of expert technology marketers, is available as an on-demand video that can be shared throughout your office whenever the need arises. In the four one-hour sessions that make up the Boot Camp series, our panelists lead you through the marketing process from disclosure assessment and how to pack a punch with your creative writing to budgeting, maximizing return on your marketing investment, and analyzing your results. The four sessions are:

  • Session One: Understanding Your Technology, Inventor and Market
  • Session Two: Marketing Writing Best Practices
  • Session Three: Marketing by Channel
  • Session Four: Content Strategy and Analytics

The recorded Boot Camp series includes a print transcript and all handout materials along with the on-demand video so you can conveniently share it with all staff whenever and how you choose.

For complete program and faculty details, click here.

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The University of Delaware’s Spin In® Program: Stimulate Economic and Workforce Development Via Experiential Student Entrepreneurship Programs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 10th, 2021

Entrepreneurship education is fast-becoming a must-have for universities as student interest in alternatives to traditional employment has skyrocketed in recent years. But classroom activity is just not enough to prepare young innovators for the trials and tribulations of building or working in a start-up. At the same time, existing university start-ups are eager for energetic students to help them grow, and local entrepreneurship ecosystems are in dire need of new talent to drive them forward. Yet many university student entrepreneurship programs cater to graduate students, leaving the “earliest-stage” entrepreneurs chomping at the bit.

The University of Delaware’s Spin In® Program is different. It connects university undergraduate students with community entrepreneurs and early-stage start-ups to give them an inside look at business innovation in action and a chance to apply what they’re learning in real-life situations. It’s been a boon to the local business community as well as the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the university. It’s a vibrant model that any university can learn important lessons from — and adapt to their own community.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central has partnered with the University of Delaware to bring you this detailed case study webinar: The University of Delaware’s Spin In® Program: Stimulate Economic and Workforce Development Via Experiential Student Entrepreneurship Programs, scheduled for March 30th.

For complete program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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When License Negotiations Sour: Tips for Mending Fences and Saving the Deal


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 3rd, 2021

Sometimes, license negotiations can veer in an unintended direction. There are several common scenarios that can result in a deadlock, or even bring bad blood to the table. Disagreements on valuations, whether to license to an inventor start-up or an existing company, rights to improvements, royalty rates, milestones, and choices regarding start-up leadership are all areas that can quickly derail a deal – and sour relationships with faculty or corporate licensees. 

When discussions break down, how can you course correct and get the parties back to the table and talking productively — and how can you repair fractured relationships, or prevent them from cracking in the first place? Tech Transfer Central has partnered with an expert team from the University of Texas at Austin to bring you this detailed webinar: When License Negotiations Sour: Tips for Mending Fences and Saving the Deal.

Join us on March 10th when we will discuss common scenarios that can bring negotiations to a screeching halt, proven tactics used to ‘mend fences’ to get the conversations moving again, and, most importantly, ways to prevent misunderstandings from the very start of negotiations.

For complete program and faculty details and to register, click here.

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Data as Intellectual Property: Policy, Protection, and Licensing for Universities


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: March 3rd, 2021

When it comes to data and its monetization, things are different – and more complex – than with the intellectual property TTOs, licensing professionals, and IP attorneys typically deal with. Laws and regulations relating to consent and privacy must be navigated, along with issues related to the rights of the licensee and how royalties are distributed. And while virtually all institutions have patent policies in place covering ownership and handling of patentable inventions, data policies are still very mixed and sometimes completely absent. As more and more institutions monetize their data, the importance of a well-considered institutional data policy has become critical.

That’s why we’ve produced the distance learning collection Data as Intellectual Property: Policy, Protection, and Licensing for Universities, featuring two outstanding programs that combined will give you a clear roadmap for how to nail down data policies, address the tricky issues related to privacy, effectively protect your data-driven innovations, and license your valuable data to third parties while steering clear of legal potholes. The collection includes our

digital package (on-demand video and transcript), along with all program materials prepared by our expert panelists. You can share it throughout your organization!

For complete details, click here.

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Building A Pitch Deck: How the University of South Carolina’s TCO Assists Innovators in Building a “Fundable” Business Story


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 24th, 2021

While your faculty and student inventors are confident when it comes to their invention’s usefulness or capabilities, their pitching skills are often lacking. It can be cringeworthy as a researcher excitedly tells an exasperated investor a long-winded, technology-driven story that does little to address the market need, competition, scalability, time-to-market, and other critical factors for VCs.

In short, your inventors need your guidance to break down the invention and pitch it in a consumable way that doesn’t dwell on scientific minutia, and hits the critical factors investors care most about. Clarity and market focus are key, and that’s where the TTO is invaluable.

The University of South Carolina’s Technology Commercialization Office has guided hundreds of inventors in the start-up creation process, and as part of that process they provide seasoned mentoring on pitch deck creation and presentation. Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has tapped the leadership team at UofSC’s TCO to bring you this practical, skill-building webinar: Building A Pitch Deck: How the University of South Carolina’s TCO Assists Innovators in Building a “Fundable” Business Story, scheduled for next Wednesday, March 3rd.

For complete program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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Considerations for Negotiating and Drafting Enforcement Terms in IP License Agreements


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 10th, 2021

A recent Federal Circuit ruling in Gensetix v. Board of Regents of the University of Texas System is yielding important lessons about the proper way to construct license agreements — particularly with regard to rights to enforcement among licensees — as well as the role of sovereign immunity when a litigant seeks to force a state university to join an infringement suit.

The decision has critical implications for how you draft enforcement clauses and how you can protect your IP while steering clear of unwanted litigation.

Tech Transfer Central has teamed up with legal experts from Intellectual Property law firm Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt to guide TTOs and legal counsel in drafting agreement terms to maximize their ability to achieve desired goals — and avoid involuntary joinder — when granting rights in university inventions to third parties. The case also has critical implications for those bringing infringement suits without participation from “necessary parties.” Join us on February 17th for Considerations for Negotiating and Drafting Enforcement Terms in IP License Agreements.

For complete program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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IP Law Essentials for Principal Investigators, Faculty and Student Inventors


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 10th, 2021

It’s no secret that faculty researchers and student innovators don’t typically have a clear understanding of intellectual property law — but the consequences of simple errors that arise from lack of basic know-how can be devastating to future patent protection and commercialization plans.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division created IP Law Essentials for Principal Investigators, Faculty and Student Inventors, a 2-session primer on IP and patent law specifically designed for PIs and faculty or student inventors.

The two programs — IP Law 101 and IP Law 201 — cover the patent law basics and then delve into more advance concepts involved in protecting IP created in university labs. The programs and handout materials can be shared freely with faculty and students throughout your organization.

For complete details and to order, click here.

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Considerations for Negotiating and Drafting Enforcement Terms in IP License Agreements


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 3rd, 2021

Universities and their tech transfer offices must be prudent when negotiating terms for agreements granting rights to third parties in university-developed inventions. Among many considerations a TTO must address during negotiations are the scope of rights granted to the third party (e.g., scope of geographic and field of use grants) and the university’s desire to be involved in, or to avoid, future U.S. litigation. These concepts are interrelated and should be considered together.

Case in point: A recent Federal Circuit ruling in Gensetix v. Board of Regents of the University of Texas System is yielding important lessons about the proper way to construct license agreements — particularly with regard to rights to enforcement among licensees — as well as the role of sovereign immunity when a litigant seeks to force a state university to join an infringement suit.

Tech Transfer Central has teamed up with legal experts from Intellectual Property law firm Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt to guide TTOs and legal counsel in drafting agreement terms to maximize their ability to achieve desired goals — and avoid involuntary joinder — when granting rights in university inventions to third parties. The case also has critical implications for those bringing infringement suits without participation from “necessary parties.” Join us on February 17th for Considerations for Negotiating and Drafting Enforcement Terms in IP License Agreements.

For complete program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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Fortifying Inventorship Policies to Avoid Disputes and Ensure Maximum IP Protection


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 27th, 2021

In the university setting, determining IP inventorship is complex. Steps must be taken to evaluate whether the contribution of each individual in the lab — including students and post-docs — meets the inventive activity requirements according to the Patent Act. Add in researchers from more than one institution or a corporate partner, and things can get very sticky.

Given the stakes, it’s critical that your university fortify its inventorship policies to guide PIs in determining the level of inventorship each individual who contributed to the IP deserves. 

Without clearly defined policy and practices, egos can get bruised, relationships can get damaged, and dollars due to the university and its researchers can be lost. What’s more, incorrectly determining inventorship can lead to patenting delays and costly litigation.

Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with Paul E. Rauch, PhD, Founding and Managing Partner of Evan Law Group, for this practical webinar that will review how inventorship is determined, what information needs to be collected for proper determination, and how well-defined policy can support those imperatives and avert future disputes.  You will also learn about common inventorship problems and tips to avoid or solve them.

For complete details or to register, click here.

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Reinforcing University IP Policies to Protect Data Ownership & Monetization


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 20th, 2021

In recent years, data output among research institutions has expanded exponentially. And while virtually all institutions have patent policies in place covering ownership and handling of patentable inventions, data policies are still very mixed and sometimes completely absent. As more and more institutions monetize their data, the importance of a well-considered institutional data policy has become critical.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with two attorneys from Amster, Rothstein and Ebenstein, LLP, along with data licensing experts from both MIT and Duke University, to bring you this critical presentation: Reinforcing University IP Policies to Protect Data Ownership & Monetization, scheduled for January 26th.

Register today to learn how to examine your existing IP policies for all types of data coverage, identify gaps that need reinforcing, and gain a solid understanding of the controlling federal regulations as well as potential liabilities. Our world-class panel will also cover licensing and royalty distribution issues, along with risks and best practices related to data storage, retention, and access. For complete details and to register, click here.

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Considerations for Negotiating and Drafting Enforcement Terms in IP License Agreements


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 13th, 2021

Universities and their tech transfer offices must be prudent when negotiating terms for agreements granting rights to third parties in university-developed inventions. Among many considerations a TTO must address during negotiations are the scope of rights granted to the third party (e.g., scope of geographic and field of use grants) and the university’s desire to be involved in, or to avoid, future U.S. litigation. These concepts are interrelated and should be considered together.

Case in point: A recent Federal Circuit ruling in Gensetix v. Board of Regents of the University of Texas System is yielding important lessons about the proper way to construct license agreements — particularly with regard to rights to enforcement among licencees — as well as the role of sovereign immunity when a litigant seeks to force a state university to join an infringement suit.

Tech Transfer Central has teamed up with legal experts from Intellectual Property law firm Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt to guide TTOs and legal counsel in drafting agreement terms to maximize their ability to achieve desired goals — and avoid involuntary joinder — when granting rights in university inventions to third parties. The case also has critical implications for those bringing infringement suits without participation from “necessary parties.” Join us on February 17th for Considerations for Negotiating and Drafting Enforcement Terms in IP License Agreements.

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Reinforcing University IP Policies to Protect Data Ownership & Monetization


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: January 6th, 2021

In recent years, data output among research institutions has expanded exponentially. And while virtually all institutions have patent policies in place covering ownership and handling of patentable inventions, data policies are still very mixed and sometimes completely absent. As more and more institutions monetize their data, the importance of a well-considered institutional data policy has become critical.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with two attorneys from Amster, Rothstein and Ebenstein, LLP, along with data licensing experts from both MIT and Duke University, to bring you this critical presentation: Reinforcing University IP Policies to Protect Data Ownership & Monetization, scheduled for January 26th.

Register today to learn how to examine your existing IP policies for all types of data coverage, identify gaps that need reinforcing, and gain a solid understanding of the controlling federal regulations as well as potential liabilities. Our world-class panel will also cover licensing and royalty distribution issues, along with risks and best practices related to data storage, retention, and access. For complete details and to register, click here.

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Reinforcing University IP Policies to Protect Data Ownership & Monetization


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 23rd, 2020

In recent years, data output among research institutions has expanded exponentially. And while virtually all institutions have patent policies in place covering ownership and handling of patentable inventions, data policies are still very mixed and sometimes completely absent. As more and more institutions monetize their data, the importance of a well-considered institutional data policy has become critical.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has teamed up with two attorneys from Amster, Rothstein and Ebenstein, LLP, along with data licensing experts from both MIT and Duke University, to bring you this critical presentation: Reinforcing University IP Policies to Protect Data Ownership & Monetization, scheduled for January 26th.

Register today to learn how to examine your existing IP policies for all types of data coverage, identify gaps that need reinforcing, and gain a solid understanding of the controlling federal regulations as well as potential liabilities. Our world-class panel will also cover licensing and royalty distribution issues, along with risks and best practices related to data storage, retention, and access. For complete details and to register, click here.

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Webinar tomorrow: Creating and Showcasing Technology Maps as an Economic Development Tool


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 16th, 2020

When the thought leaders at the University of Houston’s Technology Bridge set out to narrow the divide between the entrepreneurial activities at the university and the local start-up ecosystem, they first needed to map it out. Literally.

UH’s Technology Bridge launched an interactive map that serves as a tool to showcase the city’s robust innovation ecosystem – and the university’s contributions to it. This interactive, “living document” has well over 1,000 companies represented and it’s growing by the day. Feedback from the community has been overwhelmingly positive, and the TECH Map has solidified connections and promoted partnerships by showing the community, the state, and the nation what opportunities Houston holds for their fledgling companies.

Deploying such a tool in your region sounds like a daunting task, but UH’s Technology Bridge has done the extensive legwork and learned a lot of lessons along the way. Creating and Showcasing Technology Maps as an Economic Development Tool is a one-hour webinar, scheduled for TOMORROW, December 17th, that will guide you through the process so you can have a visual representation of your economic ecosystem and the opportunities it presents. It’s a tool that could ultimately bring scores of valuable connections, partnerships, licensees, and jobs to your university.

For complete program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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Creating and Showcasing Technology Maps as an Economic Development Tool


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 9th, 2020

When the thought leaders at the University of Houston’s Technology Bridge set out to narrow the divide between the entrepreneurial activities at the university and the local start-up ecosystem, they first needed to map it out. Literally.

UH’s Technology Bridge launched an interactive map that serves as a tool to showcase the city’s robust innovation ecosystem – and the university’s contributions to it. This interactive, “living document” has well over 1,000 companies represented and it’s growing by the day. Feedback from the community has been overwhelmingly positive, and the TECH Map has solidified connections and promoted partnerships by showing the community, the state, and the nation what opportunities Houston holds for their fledgling companies.

Deploying such a tool in your region sounds like a daunting task, but UH’s Technology Bridge has done the extensive legwork and learned a lot of lessons along the way. Creating and Showcasing Technology Maps as an Economic Development Tool is a one-hour webinar, scheduled for December 17th, that will guide you through the process so you can have a visual representation of your economic ecosystem and the opportunities it presents. It’s a tool that could ultimately bring scores of valuable connections, partnerships, licensees, and jobs to your university. For complete program and faculty details or to register, click here.

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Webinar tomorrow: Understanding Equity Dilution and Its Effects on University Start-ups


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: December 1st, 2020

Most university-based start-ups face the reality of needing to raise capital to escape the Valley of Death and grow the business – and offering equity shares for cash is a common move. But is it the right move, and can it be handled in a way that minimizes the dilution of equity among founders and earlier investors – including the university itself?

Making the wrong moves at the wrong time can have devastating and unexpected impact on not only the value of each party’s equity stake but on the prospects for future fundraising rounds, on valuation, and on the ultimate issue: whether the business succeeds or fails. That’s why Tech Transfer Central has tapped a leading attorney expert for this important webinar: Understanding Equity Dilution and Its Effects on University Start-ups, scheduled for tomorrow, December 3rd.

We’ve teamed up with attorney Tyson Benson to provide you with clear guidance on the critical understanding needed to draft equity share dilution provisions that walk the fine line between leaving your founders or your university out in the cold and attracting needed funds, while ensuring immediate funding needs aren’t sacrificing critical valuation and future fundraising rounds.

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Understanding Equity Dilution and Its Effects on University Start-ups


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 24th, 2020

Most university-based start-ups face the reality of needing to raise capital to escape the Valley of Death and grow the business – and offering equity shares for cash is a common move. But is it the right move, and can it be handled in a way that minimizes the dilution of equity among founders and earlier investors – including the university itself?

Making the wrong moves at the wrong time can have devastating and unexpected impact on not only the value of each party’s equity stake but on the prospects for future fundraising rounds, on valuation, and on the ultimate issue: whether the business succeeds or fails. That’s why Tech Transfer Central has tapped a leading attorney expert for this important webinar: Understanding Equity Dilution and Its Effects on University Start-ups, scheduled for December 3rd.

We’ve teamed up with attorney Tyson Benson to provide you with clear guidance on the critical understanding needed to draft equity share dilution provisions that walk the fine line between leaving your founders or your university out in the cold and attracting needed funds, while ensuring immediate funding needs aren’t sacrificing critical valuation and future fundraising rounds.

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Next week: Best Practices for De-Risking University Innovations from Discovery to Exit


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 18th, 2020

The Valley of Death yawns wide for cutting edge university inventions. One way to bridge the gap from basic science to venture funding is an internal de-risking program that can overcome investor reluctance to back too-early opportunities.  

A de-risking effort can also provide a solid evaluation of an innovation’s potential at each developmental and financial milestone, allowing you to avoid wasting time – and tens of thousands of dollars – on projects that should have been “killed” early and devote resources to developing and de-risking discoveries that have big potential payoffs.

UNeMed has seen outstanding results with their method for de-risking and moving technologies forward to the marketplace, using an approach that looks at technology transfer and start-up formation using an entrepreneur’s mindset. That’s why Tech Transfer Central has teamed up with UneMed’s Joe Runge, JD, for this critically important webinar: Best Practices for De-Risking University Innovations from Discovery to Exit.

In this practical session, scheduled for next Tuesday, November 24th, you’ll learn multiple approaches to de-risk your portfolio and learn UNeMed’s “secret sauce” of processes and strategies to help your university significantly improve its own vetting and de-risking efforts.

For complete details or to register, click here.

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Protect University Innovations by Drafting High Quality Provisional Patent Applications


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 11th, 2020

Poorly drafted provisional patent applications can be useless — or even worse, they can be used against you at conversion. Provisionals are often devalued and tossed off as a quick and easy way to temporarily protect an invention, with minimal effort spent in drafting this application. But this early misstep can result in highly consequential problems during examination of the non-provisional application later.

That’s why Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has secured a pair of experts from the Baker Donelson Law Firm in to bring you this critical webinar: Protect University Innovations by Drafting High Quality Provisional Patent Applications, scheduled for November 19th. You’ll learn best practices as well as common mistakes to avoid when drafting provisionals in this practical, detailed program.

For complete details and to register, click here.

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Strategies for Planning and Executing Successful Virtual Events


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 11th, 2020

Tech transfer and industry engagement offices rely on close relationships with peers, faculty, students, government agencies and business partners to keep the innovation wheels greased and the pipeline flowing. In pre-COVID times, the “contact sport” that TTOs and industry engagement professionals played took place largely in person at conferences, lab tours, innovation fairs, and in office meeting rooms.

It’s a different playing field now. But as the pandemic has dragged on, a growing number of tech transfer and engagement professionals have come to realize “different” is not necessarily “worse.” In fact, they’re finding that – when handled with expertise and careful attention to interactive formats and follow-up, virtual events can keep your momentum strong and come with many “silver linings,” including broader reach and dramatic savings on overhead expenses such as space rental, food and beverage costs, lodging, and travel.

To help you prepare the best possible virtual event strategy for 2021, Tech Transfer Central’s Distance Learning Division has produced a 3-hour collection that is guaranteed to help you lay the groundwork for — and execute — successful virtual events of any size. With Strategies for Planning and Executing Successful Virtual Events, The collection includes:

For complete details, click here.

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Best Practices for De-Risking University Innovations from Discovery to Exit


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: November 4th, 2020

The Valley of Death yawns wide for cutting edge university inventions. One way to bridge the gap from basic science to venture funding is an internal de-risking program that can overcome investor reluctance to back too-early opportunities.  

A de-risking effort can also provide a solid evaluation of an innovation’s potential at each developmental and financial milestone, allowing you to avoid wasting time – and tens of thousands of dollars – on projects that should have been “killed” early and devote resources to developing and de-risking discoveries that have big potential payoffs.

UNeMed has seen success with their method for de-risking and moving technologies forward to the marketplace, using an approach that looks at technology transfer and start-up formation using an entrepreneur’s mindset. That’s why Tech Transfer Central has teamed up with UneMed’s Joe Runge, JD, for this critically important webinar: Best Practices for De-Risking University Innovations from Discovery to Exit.

In this practical session, scheduled for November 24th, you’ll learn multiple approaches to de-risk your portfolio and learn UNeMed’s “secret sauce” of processes and strategies to help your university significantly improve its own vetting and de-risking efforts.

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Understanding Equity Dilution and Its Effects on University Start-ups


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 28th, 2020

Most university-based start-ups face the reality of needing to raise capital to escape the Valley of Death and grow the business – and offering equity shares for cash is a common move. But is it the right move, and can it be handled in a way that minimizes the dilution of equity among founders and earlier investors – including the university itself?

Understanding equity dilution is critically important for the tech transfer and university space, and for any entrepreneur who has who plans on raising growth capital. But making the wrong moves at the wrong time can have devastating and unexpected impact on not only the value of each party’s equity stake but on the prospects for future fundraising rounds, on valuation, and on the ultimate issue: whether the business succeeds or fails. That’s why Tech Transfer Central has tapped a leading attorney expert for this important webinar: Understanding Equity Dilution and Its Effects on University Start-ups, scheduled for December 3rd.

We’ve teamed up with attorney Tyson Benson to provide you with clear guidance on the critical understanding needed to draft equity share dilution provisions that walk the fine line between leaving your founders or your university out in the cold and attracting needed funds, while ensuring immediate funding needs aren’t sacrificing critical valuation and future fundraising rounds.

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University Technology Marketing Boot Camp – on-demand distance learning


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: October 28th, 2020

The University Technology Marketing Bootcamp, featuring a panel of expert technology marketers, is available as an on-demand video that can be shared throughout your office whenever the need arises. In the four one-hour sessions that make up the Boot Camp series, our panelists lead you through the marketing process from disclosure assessment and how to pack a punch with your creative writing to budgeting, maximizing return on your marketing investment, and analyzing your results. The four sessions are:

  • Session One: Understanding Your Technology, Inventor and Market
  • Session Two: Marketing Writing Best Practices
  • Session Three: Marketing by Channel
  • Session Four: Content Strategy and Analytics

The recorded Boot Camp series includes all handout materials and includes a transcript along with the on-demand video so you can conveniently share it with all staff whenever and how you choose. For complete program and faculty details, click here.

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