AUTM Newsbrief
Mar. 19, 2015

AUTM Announces Aerospace Technologies Partnering Forum
Join AUTM at Wichita State University for an in-depth discussion of the challenges and opportunities in the aerospace technology sector.

The meeting features a reverse showcase of presentations from industry partners, including highlights of technological areas of interest and best methods for working with aerospace partners. Attendees will also have an opportunity to introduce their institution and showcase their available technologies in the exhibit area.

Short panel sessions and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one networking with industry partners round out the event.

June 9-10
Hosted by Wichita State University
Wichita, KS, USAMore

Commentary: In Defense of Patents and Licensing: Why the Newest
Attack is Bogus

Columnist Joseph Allen writes: "No one should have been surprised when The Washington Post ran 'Here's why patents are innovation's worst enemy' by Vivek Wadhwa. It was only a matter of time before universities standing up to the patent reform behemoth drew retribution. Last year they were attacked as patent trolls. Now we hear that patents and licensing are irrelevant or even harmful to innovation. While the attack hits a larger target, a prime focus is discrediting university technology transfer before the patent reform debate kicks into high gear."More

Business Students Team With University of Vermont Inventors
The University of Vermont
Any entrepreneur knows the importance of mastering the trade show. It's a chance to quickly explain your new product to customers and to suss out the competition and market trends. That's why Erik Monsen, associate professor of business at the University of Vermont, organized a trade show of sorts for his entrepreneurship and commercialization course. On March 17, his students lined the halls practicing pitching products to passers-by.More

Purdue Helps Bring Faculty Inventions to Market
Lafayette Journal & Courier
Jessica Huber, a speech pathology researcher, received Purdue University's Outstanding Commercialization Award, the highest recognition achievable for faculty whose research leads to a product or technology that has commercial value and solves problems.More

Penn State Engineering Departments to Host 1st Silicon
Happy Valley Conference

Penn State University
This spring, Penn State will host its first Silicon Happy Valley Conference. The daylong event that kicks off Penn State's Blue-White weekend is for computer science and engineering, and electrical engineering alumni and students. The goal is to feature speakers who will discuss current industrial research, facilitate alumni interaction, provide business insight to students and build stronger ties between the two departments and between students and alumni.More

AUTM 2016 Annual Meeting Call for Topics
Participate in the AUTM 2016 Annual Meeting by suggesting a 1.5 hour workshop or special interest group. The deadline to submit is April 13. Submit your topic today.More

2015 Annual Meeting Presentations
Attendees of AUTM's 2015 Annual Meeting may now access recordings and handouts (which were included in the cost of meeting registration) in AUTM's Live Learning Center.

Those unable to attend this year's meeting may purchase session recordings here.More

SAVE THE DATE: AUTM Successful Practices in Small Technology
Transfer Offices

AUTM's Small Office Course is designed specifically for technology transfer professionals working in small offices. This course will be beneficial to those with an interest in starting a new technology transfer office or who already have an existing small office and would like to grow existing efforts dramatically.

Successful Practices in Small Technology Transfer Offices
July 21-22
The Hilton Nashville Downtown
Nashville, TN, USA

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AUTM's TOOLS Course provides a fundamental understanding of technology transfer and the patent and licensing processes. The critical issues of compliance and using iEdison will be explored, along with finding efficient ways to manage and utilize large volumes of information and data.

Technology Operations and Organization Licensing Skills Course (TOOLS)
Oct. 5-7
The Westin Seattle
Seattle, WA, USA

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SAVE THE DATE: AUTM Essentials Course
AUTM's Essentials Course brings participants to a common understanding of the fundamental goals and processes of academic technology transfer. The course builds skills and resources necessary to function effectively at evaluating inventions and negotiating license agreements.

AUTM 2015 Essentials of Academic Technology Transfer Course
October 5-7
The Westin Seattle
Seattle, WA, USA

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AUTM Webinars
AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members.

April 23
Anatomy of a License Agreement
Explore strategies and tactics that can be used to promote cooperative negotiation and tactics commonly used in competitive negotiations.More

Better World Project Featured Story
At many veterinary and medical schools, students still practice suturing techniques on orange peels, pig feet or fabric. To improve that educational experience, surgeons at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Science at Colorado State University developed a multilayer silicone suture pad that mimics live tissue — and founded a company called SurgiReal. Read more in "Veterinary Surgeons Make Suture Training More Like the Real Thing."

Then take a minute to enter a technology from your institution for a chance to be one of the Featured Stories. Or, create a customized report of the stories from your institution that may be already in the database.

For more information about the Better World Project, visit here. More