AUTM Newsbrief
Apr. 16, 2015

Patent Litigation Legislation is Front and Center in Congress
AUTM
Both the U.S. House and Senate continue to focus on legislation that would make significant changes to the way patent holders can assert their patents in court, an issue of major importance to universities and their technology transfer offices.

On April 14, the House Judiciary Committee held another hearing on H.R. 9, the Innovation Act, which would radically alter litigation laws affecting how patent cases are adjudicated. USPTO Director Michelle Lee testified that her agency is generally supportive of the legislation, which AUTM and the other higher education associations oppose as currently written.

On April 16, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held another hearing on the TROL Act, legislation focused on empowering the Federal Trade Commission to go after patent troll activities. AUTM and the other groups are generally supportive of this approach, which narrowly focuses on the problem of mass mailings of vague demand letters while leaving intact the protection for inventors provided by the U.S. patent system.

Meanwhile, discussions continue with the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding that committee's version of legislation.

As always, technology transfer officers should be in communication with their federal relations officers to assist in advocacy on this important issue before Congress. Visit AUTM's dedicated advocacy site for more information, including a letter of opposition to H.R. 9 from university presidents.More

UCSD Marks an Innovation Milestone: Control Over Tech Transfer
Xconomy
San Diego's place as a hub for innovation in biotechnology, chip design, telecommunications and other industries was made possible by a change that went mostly unnoticed in early 1994, University of California-San Diego Chancellor Pradeep Khosla said Tuesday night at a campus event. That was the year a University of California ad hoc advisory committee recommended a reorganization of the UC system's centralized process for technology licensing and commercialization.More

How Tech Commercialization Could Pay Off Big for Johns Hopkins
Baltimore Business Journal
Johns Hopkins University, where Christy Wyskiel heads up technology commercialization, is among the institutions scrambling to transform more faculty research into startup companies, patents and licenses. Hopkins in 2014 reported $16.5 million in licensing revenue, but it is still far behind universities that have been leaders in commercialization. Columbia University, for example, earned $150 million in licensing revenue last year.More

Washington State Researchers Use Plant Oils for Novel Bio-based Plastics
Washington State University
Washington State University researchers have developed a new way to use plant oils like olive and linseed oil to create polyurethane, a plastic material used in everything from foam insulation panels to tires, hoses and sealants.More

Northwestern-born Startups Score Half of Available Funding at
Clean Energy Challenge

Built in Chicago
Two Northwestern University-born cleantech startups walked away from the recent Clean Energy Challenge with half of the $1 million made available for funding. AMPY, an Evanston, Illinois-based startup that creates a wearable device designed to track one's kinetic energy in order to recharge his or her smartphone and other USB-powered devices, scored $200,000. Likewise, NuMat Technologies, a Skokie, Illinois-based startup with technology that limits the need to highly compress gases, netted $300,000.More

AUTM Licensing Activity Survey Now Open
AUTM
Licensing and startup activity are strong and continue to play an important role in the economy. The AUTM Licensing Activity Survey: FY2013 reported 818 startup companies were formed, a 16 percent increase over the prior year and 719 new commercial products were created by companies licensing university technology, a 22 percent increase over the previous year. The full FY2013 report is now available — offering insights and trends in technology transfer staffing levels, research expenditures, patenting and licensing activities, startup activity and much more.

The AUTM Licensing Activity Survey: FY2014 is now open for data collection. Deadline to submit data is Monday, April 20. Contact SurveyAdmin@autmsurvey.org if you have not received your invitation to participate.More

Better World Project Video (Formerly Put a Face On It)
AUTM
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh developed an artificial lung device that provides respiratory support to people with acute breathing problems — filtering out harmful carbon dioxide and delivering healthy oxygen directly to the patient’s blood, allowing the lungs to rest and heal. View the video here.

Meanwhile, a researcher at the University at Buffalo is blending old-fashioned learning with state-of-the-art technology to offer teachers disruptive and innovative new teaching methods. Read more in "Portal Infuses Technology Into K-12 Classrooms."

Then, take a minute to enter a technology from your institution for a chance to be one of the Featured Stories. Or, apply for a matching grant to help you put a face on technology transfer with a Better World Project video (formerly Put a Face on It). Click here to learn more.More

Registration Now Open: AUTM Aerospace Technologies Partnering Forum
AUTM
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.

Universities attending

Industry partners invited AUTM Aerospace Technologies Partnering Forum
June 9-10
Hosted by Wichita State University
Wichita, Kansas, USA

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Registration.More

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

AUTM
Held in conjunction with AUTM's 2015 Central Region Meeting, the 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, Tennessee, USA

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SAVE THE DATE: AUTM Partnering Forum — Communication Technologies
AUTM
Join AUTM at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center for a comprehensive discussion on the challenges and opportunities in the communication technologies sectors.

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.

Who will be attending

Industry partners invited Aug. 11-12
Hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology/Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Learn more.

Sponsorship opportunities Sponsorship of the AUTM Partnering Forum underscores your involvement in the technology transfer field. Contact Madhuri Carson by email or by phone at 847-753-5217 to learn more.More

Registration Now Open: AUTM Partnering Forum — Animal Health &
Nutrition Technologies

AUTM
Join AUTM for a comprehensive discussion on the challenges and opportunities in the animal health and nutrition sectors. Industry partners will showcase technological areas of interest and discuss how to best work with their companies. Short panel sessions of technology transfer topics relevant to the animal health and related industries and plenty of opportunities for networking round out the event.

This event is timed and located with the KC Animal Health Corridor Events and will immediately follow the Animal Health Investment Forum.

Universities attending

Industry partners attending AUTM Partnering Forum — Animal Health & Nutrition Technologies
Sept. 1-2
Hosted by Kansas State University and Auburn University
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

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Registration.

Sponsorship opportunities
Sponsorship of the AUTM Partnering Forum underscores your involvement in the technology transfer field. Contact Madhuri Carson by email or by phone at 847-753-5217 to learn more.More

Deadline for RTTP Professional Designation
AUTM
Become an RTTP now! Application forms and eligibility requirements are available online. Deadline for applications is Thursday, April 23. Read the latest news about ATTP, including the recent addition of ÜSİMP, the technology transfer association for Turkey. More

SAVE THE DATE: AUTM 2015 TOOLS Course
AUTM
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, Washington, USA

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SAVE THE DATE: AUTM Essentials Course
AUTM
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, Washington, USA

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AUTM Webinars
AUTM
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.

May 13
Marketing: The Value Proposition Is the Key!
Explores how to identify and effectively communicate the value of marketing proposition. Learn how to differentiate between features, benefits and how to incorporate both clear and concise statements that will help you communicate more effectively with potential licensees.

May 27
Words of Wisdom for Negotiating Non-Standard Material Transfer Agreements
An overview of the most heavily negotiated terms typically found in industry-to-university MTAs. Presenters will discuss expectation management, prolonged negotiations and how to overcome challenging MTAs as a barrier or delay to research.

June 2
Zen and the Art of Invention Reporting
Learn about the basics of invention reporting, using the iEdison portal as a reporting tool and the many contributions of Bayh-Dole.

June 16
Patenting 101
Learn what to expect when receiving incoming industry material transfer agreements and suggested approaches to successful negotiations of terms. Presenters will give examples of effective solutions and alternatives for heavily-negotiated terms, as well as an overview of the U.S. patenting process and what it takes to maintain a U.S. patent once it has issued.More

BIO 2015 Early-Bird Discount Ends April 23
Biotechnology Industry Organization and AUTM
The largest, most influential biotech meeting in the world is coming to Philadelphia June 15-18, offering powerful business partnering, invaluable education sessions and networking with 15,000 of the industry's best and brightest. Register now at convention.bio.org. Save the date for iCorps training sponsored by AUTM and co-located at BIO 2015.More

Technology Transfer Offices Recognized as IP Champions
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Providing new treatment for cancer and expanding access to affordable, safe drinking water are just two of the innovations that will be showcased at the 2015 IP Champions event on Monday, April 20. Coinciding with World Intellectual Property Day, the event recognizes true leaders in the IP world.More

Patents for Humanity Celebrates Game-Changing Innovations
United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will recognize winners of this year's Patents for Humanity program on Monday, April 20, in a ceremony hosted by the White House. The annual program promotes game-changing innovations to solve long-standing development challenges in one of five categories — medicine, nutrition, sanitation, household energy and living standards.More