AUTM Newsbrief
Feb. 14, 2013

Bowman v. Monsanto: Striking at the Roots of Innovation
IP Watchdog
Two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, Bowman v. Monsanto and Association of Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics have much in common. Both involve companies that played by the rules using the patent system to develop products providing great social benefits. Both innovators find themselves in high stakes lawsuits with plaintiffs credited with representing the broad public interest whose bottom line is gaining cheaper access to important discoveries without being hampered by patents.More

How Do You Fund Commercialization of University Research? Crowdfunding, of Course
Forbes
Perhaps it was just a matter of time, but here's a new development in the funding of academic research and technology commercialization. The University of Utah's Technology Commercialization Office spun off more than 150 companies in the past seven years. Recently the U's TCO has launched a program to help build even more value in the startups they spin out. The office has entered an exclusive agreement with crowdfunding platform RocketHub of New York. Their plan is to bring crowdfunding forward for the funding of university technologies on a new web portal: the University Tech Vault.More

The Myth of Faculty Infallibility
Go Forth and Innovate! (blog)
"Hear no evil, see no evil and speak no evil" is an intriguing credo worthy of consideration in some instances, but also typically an excuse to avoid confronting the obvious truth in situational encounters. Consider, for example, the case for the infallibility of university faculty members; namely, the notion that faculty are always right. How does that aphorism work with respect to the commercialization of technology? The answer, of course, depends on whom you ask.More

Nevada University Research Results in New Ag Pesticide Company
AgProfessional.com
A team of researchers at the University of Nevada, Reno have strayed from the lab to the boardroom in an effort to build a business based on discoveries from years of research studying insect enzymes. The enzymes, discovered in bark beetles from trees in the Lake Tahoe area, have the potential to be used for a wide range of products such as bug traps and pesticides, perfumes, flavorings, cleaning products or even with drugs for chemotherapy and bacterial infection.More

Florida Governor Talks Up Plan for Higher Ed and the Environment
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Florida Gov. Rick Scott's first stop is at the University of Florida in Gainesville, which he has targeted for a special $15 million appropriation to bring the school into the top 10 public universities in the country over the next five years. "Targeted investments in higher education will help ensure Florida has a university that ranks in the top 10 in the United States," Scott said in a statement. "Because of the hard choices we made to get our state's economy on track two years ago, we can now make a smart investment of $15 million to support the University of Florida's continued pursuit of excellence."More

Scottish Scientists Develop Method to Increase Packaged Shelf Life
Packaging Digest
Scientists at the University of Glasgow have developed a new method to make packaged food safer for consumers and more long-lived on the shelf by harnessing the germ-killing power of ozone. Researchers at the University's School of Physics and Astronomy have prototyped a system to rapidly, safely and temporarily turn some of the oxygen inside the sealed packaging into ozone, a very effective germicide. The product is being brought to market by a university spinout company called Anacail.More

Merck Ups Autoimmune Prize to $600 Million for Small Michigan Biotech
FierceBiotech
Merck has essentially doubled down on its discovery deal with Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Lycera, a biotech spinout from the University of Michigan following their own unique pathway to mount a therapeutic assault on autoimmune diseases. Close to two years ago Merck paid $12 million upfront and promised up to $295 million in milestones to buy into Lycera's development work on small molecules that target T-helper 17 — or Th17 — cells, which they believe offer a new, first-in-class approach to treating major autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease and multiple sclerosis.More

AUTM 2013 Annual Meeting
AUTM
If you haven't yet registered for the AUTM 2013 Annual Meeting don't despair! You can still register in person.

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    Kick-off your AUTM Annual Meeting experience by visiting the AUTM Live Learning Center. In the center, you'll find downloadable presentations and speaker information for more than 50 educational tracks and workshops.More

    AUTM Webinars
    AUTM
    AUTM professional development webinars provide year-round education and enable participants to learn and stay current on trending technology transfer issues from the comfort and convenience of their desks. AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members for one low price.

    Upcoming Webinars:
    March 13, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
    Export Control Basics for Administrative and Support Staff

    April 26, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
    Introduction to Chinese Law and Patent Enforcement

    June 6, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
    U.S. Patent Application Process — From Start to Finish

    June 18, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
    Small Technology Transfer Offices: Making a Little Go a Long Way

    Aug. 21, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
    Negotiation of License AgreementsMore

    Sample Agreements and Policies Available on AUTM.net
    AUTM
    Looking to update your policy? Draft an agreement? Browse AUTM's collection of policies and agreements — available to AUTM members only — to see examples of a variety of documents from a range of different institutions.

    More information about invention disclosure forms and agreements can be found in the AUTM Technology Transfer Practice Manual.

    If you would like to share examples your policies or agreements, please send the URLs, Word documents, or PDFs to TTP Manual Managing Editor, Lisa Richter at lrichter@autm.net. More

    AUTM 2013 Membership Appreciation Program
    AUTM
    To reward organizations that encourage their technology transfer professionals to become members, AUTM has launched its 2013 Member Appreciation Program. The program awards any organization that signs up more AUTM members in 2013 than it had in 2012 with a promotional discount code, valued at $142.50, for each new member over and above the organization's 2012 membership total. Learn more.More