AUTM Newsbrief
Mar. 1, 2012

Should patent and commercialization activities by faculty count toward tenure and promotion?
Science Codex
Increasingly, institutions of higher learning are including faculty member patents and commercialization activities in their calculus for offering tenure and promotion. However, a report published in Technology and Innovation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors® finds that 75 percent of institutions surveyed do not include patent and commercialization considerations in their tenure and promotion criteria.More

Patent fight over fetal DNA sampling
Courthouse News Service
Two biotech companies and Stanford University will square off in Federal Court to determine who owns the rights to a noninvasive prenatal test that uses DNA sequencing to search for abnormal fetal chromosomes. Verinata Health and Stanford University sued Sequenom and the Sequenom Center for Molecular Medicine, in a dispute over the rights of two patents genetic analysis by nucleic acid sequencing. Stanford owns the patents and licensing rights; Verinata is its exclusive licensee.More

Scientist: New test can better predict successful IVF embryos
Medical Xpress
Scientists at University College Dublin have discovered a new way of measuring the potential success rate of an embryo before it is transferred back into the womb during in vitro fertilization. According to the findings published in the journal Fertility and Sterility, the fluid within a woman's ovaries that surrounds the egg or oocyte holds metabolic information that can improve predictions on which embryo is more likely to lead to pregnancy. "We analyzed samples of the follicular fluid surrounding the immature ovum or egg before it was retrieved for IVF," says Dr. Lorraine Brennan, UCD Conway Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland.More

New company hopes to replace Wi-Fi with Li-Fi
R&D Magazine
A new spinout from the University of Edinburgh has embarked on pioneering R&D to throw light on an alternative to wireless radio data communication. Visible Light Communications Ltd. is to launch the first prototype "Li-Fi" technology application which will see LED light carry optical wireless communication streams, as an alternative to conventional Wi-Fi, using VLC's IP technology SIM-OFDM and optical spatial modulation.More

SFU researchers help discover new HIV vaccine-related tool
Infection Control Today
A new discovery involving two Simon Fraser University scientists could lead to a little known and benign bacterium becoming a vital new tool in the development of a vaccine against human immunodeficiency virus. Ralph Pantophlet, a Faculty of Health Sciences assistant professor, and Kate Auyeung, his senior research assistant and lab manager at SFU, and scientists in Italy have made a breakthrough discovery about Rhizobium radiobacter. The journal Chemistry & Biology has published their research.More

Exotic material boosts electromagnetism safely
PhysOrg
Using exotic man-made materials, scientists from Duke University and Boston College believe they can greatly enhance the forces of electromagnetism, one of the four fundamental forces of nature, without harming living beings or damaging electrical equipment.More

Better controls on insect protein needed before commercialization, warn researchers
FoodNavigator.com
Greater safeguards on storage and processing of insects are needed before they can fulfill their potential as an alternative protein source, according to new researcher. More

Patent rules could have significant impact on universities
The Coloradoan (commentary)
Under the new law, the first inventor to file a patent application wins priority for the filed invention, underscoring the importance of timely filing to preserve priority of invention. University inventors, for example, should understand the elevated burden that the act places on them to actively work with their technology transfer office to ensure prompt patent application filings to obtain patent claims. Although the act provides a one-year grace period for the inventor to publicly disclose the invention prior to filing, this exception is narrow and the exact scope of this grace period can be uncertain as obviousness is measured under the act at the time the patent application is filed instead of when the invention was conceived or reduced to practice.More

AUTM Annual Meeting less than 2 weeks away
AUTM
Featuring a dynamic format, nonstop deal-making opportunities and world-class education, the AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting takes place March 14-17 at the Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, Calif., USA. Register onsite in Anaheim.More

AUTM launches GTP: Web-based resource to accelerate industry licensing and commercialization of university technologies
AUTM
AUTM launched a dynamic new Web-based resource to facilitate networking, partnership and licensing deals among corporations and universities. AUTM's new Global Technology Portal accelerates how universities and corporations are able to match available cutting-edge technologies with emerging market needs.More