AUTM Newsbrief
March 3, 2011

Stanford v. Roche legal battle to decide critical intellectual property issue
International Business Times
A case that came up for hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court, involving Stanford University and Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche, is expected to clarify a landmark intellectual property rights law — the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act, which lays down the rules for grant of patents for federally funded inventions, and allows universities to retain the rights to research funded by federal grants.More

US Senate begins debate on patent reform
Network World
The U.S. Senate is debating an overhaul of the nation's patent system, but several technology groups have opposed the bill, saying it would hurt innovation and overload the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Supporters of the Patent Reform Act say it would improve the quality of patents issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and would reduce huge infringement awards in patent lawsuits.More

University of Nevada to provide disease diagnosis tool
The Northern Nevada Business Weekly
Leaders of the University of Nevada, Reno, say they hope to make some money while also providing a benefit to the world when they license intellectual property for commercial development. A deal with Immuno-Mycologics Inc. of Norman, Okla., shows how they can pull it off. More

Lycera plows ahead with drugs to treat autoimmune disorders
Lycera has taken a significant step forward in commercializing an oral drug to treat autoimmune disorders. The Plymouth, Mich.,-based pharmaceutical startup, a spinoff from the University of Michigan, recently released results from a study that suggested its compound can selectively silence diseased white blood cells while leaving healthy ones intact. The results were published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.More

New 'intelligent' microphone system to help hard of hearing
The quality of life for hard of hearing people could be significantly improved following the development of an intelligent microphone system by the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom and the Royal National Institute for Deaf People. The device not only reduces background noise, but also has the ability to pick out individual voices. The "Mic Array" is the brainchild of Dr. Banu Gunel, who invented the technology while based in the University of Surrey's Centre for Communications Systems Research. More

Researchers claim lithium-ion battery breakthrough
Academics have developed a silicon gel that could make batteries used in phones and laptops 10 times more efficient. Stefan Koller, a researcher at the Graz University of Technology (TU Graz) in Austria, said that the gel was designed for use with lithium-ion batteries. The project was partly funded by the the European Union as part of Project NanoPoliBat, a scheme to use nanomaterials to develop polymer microbatteries, and by battery maker Varta. The TU Graz researchers and industry partner Varta have applied to patent the method, said Koller, but have no plans to try to commercialise the findings themselves.More