AUTM Newsbrief
May. 14, 2015

AUTM Successful Practices in Small Technology
Transfer Offices

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
Hilton Nashville Downtown
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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$474 Million Fund Will Support Oxford University Spinouts
A new multimillion-dollar U.K. fund has been set up to support high tech startups looking to spin out of the University of Oxford. The fund is being raised by Oxford Sciences Innovation (OSI), a newly formed company that is working in partnership with Oxford University and its commercialization arm, Isis Innovation. The two entities will work to establish new IP-driven businesses based on research conducted at Oxford University — providing investment capital and as well as advice to budding startups, they said.More

Forest City Enterprises to Break Ground on $65.6 Million Hub for
Johns Hopkins Research

Baltimore Business Journal
Forest City Enterprises and its partners on Friday will break ground on a $65.6 million, 165,000-square-foot building that will be a hub for Johns Hopkins University's efforts to commercialize research. Construction is expected to be completed in August 2016.More

New Shortcut to Solar Cells: Discovery Employs Electrodes as Catalysts to Make Black Silicon
Rice University via
Rice University scientists have found a way to simplify the manufacture of solar cells by using the top electrode as the catalyst that turns plain silicon into valuable black silicon. The Rice lab of chemist Andrew Barron disclosed the research in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces.More

Rutgers Food Innovation Center Offers Food Entrepreneurship Seminar in Central New Jersey
The Rutgers Food Innovation Center is now offering its highly acclaimed Food Business Basics seminar in Central New Jersey. The next Central New Jersey seminar will be held on June 17 at the Rutgers EcoComplex in Bordentown, New Jersey. The Food Business Basics seminar provides extremely valuable information for entrepreneurs that are thinking about starting a food business, or for those that have already started a company and are preparing to evolve their business to a higher level. More

Sandia Leader: Tech Transfer on Solid Ground
Albuquerque Journal
Sandia National Laboratories has built a solid collaborative foundation in recent years with local universities and business groups to improve the commercialization of new technologies, lab director Paul Hommert said at the Albuquerque Economic Forum Wednesday morning. Those collaborative ties have helped strengthen technology transfer of new discoveries from Sandia and from joint research with the University of New Mexico.More

Registration Now Open: AUTM 2015 Central Region Meeting
What event is instrumental to your success? Find great insights, make valuable contacts and exchange new ideas at the AUTM 2015 Central Region Meeting

Join more than 200 leaders in academic research and technology transfer for three days of thought-provoking speakers, workshops, and networking in the Music City.

July 20-22
Hilton Nashville Downtown
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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AUTM 2015 Eastern Region Meeting: Save the Date
Join AUTM in Raleigh, North Carolina, for the 2015 Eastern Region Meeting. Attendees will discuss best practices and strategies for industry-academia partnerships that culminate in successful product commercialization through company formation or licensing and other agreements.

Aug. 31-Sept. 1
Raleigh Marriott City Center
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

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AUTM 2015 Western Region Meeting: Save the Date
Join attendees from the Western United States and Canada for the AUTM 2015 Western Region Meeting. This exciting program of educational and networking events is designed to provide valuable industry insights for experienced and new technology transfer professionals alike. Plus, ample networking opportunities provide a forum for exchanging ideas and making contacts.

Sept. 10-11
Hyatt Regency Calgary
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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BIO International Convention: Register Now
The world's largest, most influential biotech meeting is coming June 15-18 to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. The BIO International Convention regularly attracts 15,000 of the most powerful biotech and pharma players from 65 countries, offering powerful business partnering, networking and education that go far beyond professional development.

Register today, and don't forget to visit AUTM's booth #1907. More

AUTM Student Membership: Your Best Career Investment
Are you a student interested in technology transfer? Joining AUTM is one of the best investments you can make in your new career. As part of the AUTM community, you'll gain insights on the many career paths and opportunities available within technology transfer.

Your next job might be discovered at AUTM's Career Center or through one of your new AUTM connections. Showcase your skills and position yourself as a leader to employers through AUTM's professional courses and designations. Discover all that AUTM offers by visiting our student membership page.More

Congress Continues Work on Patent Legislation
On May 7, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on S. 1137, the PATENT Act. This legislation is moving in a better direction, although the higher education community is continuing to work on further improvements. At the hearing, several senators on both sides of the aisle questioned parts of the legislation. Higher education has also not endorsed the legislation, although we have recognized that there have been changes proposed to address some of the more troublesome issues, including fee-shifting and joinder. It is expected that a markup on the PATENT Act could come as soon as May 21.

The House of Representatives was on recess last week, but returns this week with H.R. 9, the Innovation Act, potentially being marked up the week of May 18. The higher education community continues to oppose H.R. 9.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee did mark up H.R. 2045, the TROL Act, before they left town for recess. That legislation empowers the Federal Trade Commission to go after senders of false or vague demand letter — a general approach that universities support. In passing the legislation, the committee said that further negotiations on some aspects of the legislation could be expected. More

AUTM 2015 Partnering Forums
AUTM Partnering Forums are two-day business development meetings that focus on a specific industry niche. Each forum features presentations that highlight areas of interest and best methods for working with industry partners. Attendees will introduce their institution and showcase their available technologies in an exhibit area. Short panel sessions and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one networking with industry partners round out each event.

Upcoming Partnering Forums
Aerospace Technologies
June 9-10
Hosted by Wichita State University
Wichita, Kansas USA

Communication Technologies
Aug. 11-12
Hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology/Georgia Tech Research Corporation Georgia Tech Global Learning Center
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Animal Health & Nutrition Technologies
Sept. 1-2
Hosted by Kansas State University and Auburn University
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Partnering Forum Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship of AUTM Partnering Forums underscores your involvement in the technology transfer field. Contact Madhuri Carson by email or by phone at 1-847-753-5217 to learn more.More

Innovators Who Make a Difference
The Patents for Humanity program, sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), annually recognizes innovators who bring life-saving technologies to those in need. View this year's winners, whose patented technologies are helping solve long-standing development challenges in one of five categories — medicine, nutrition, sanitation, household energy and living standards.

AUTM's Better World Project also recognizes the innovators who are making a difference in the world. 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

2016 Scholarship Applications
AUTM is now accepting 2016 scholarship applications from students, scholars and new professionals pursuing a career in academic technology transfer.

Howard Bremer Scholarship
Application Deadline: Aug. 17
Named to honor our esteemed colleague, a pioneering AUTM member and past president of the association, the scholarship is awarded to those who — like Bremer — wish to bring creativity and innovation to the academic technology transfer profession. The scholarship offers complimentary registration and a travel allowance to attend the AUTM 2016 Annual Meeting, Feb. 14-17, in San Diego, California, USA. Learn more.

Scholarships for New Technology Transfer Professionals from Developing Economies
Application Deadline: Aug. 31
Enhances learning opportunities for early career technology transfer professionals working in developing economies. The scholarships offer up to $4,000 to support AUTM members' travel to and participation in an AUTM sponsored or co-sponsored meeting or professional development course. Learn more.More

SAVE THE DATE: 2015 Technology Operations and Organization Licensing Skills Course (TOOLS)
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: 2015 Essentials of Academic Technology Transfer 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
Oct. 5-7
The Westin Seattle
Seattle, Washington, USA

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

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.

June 24
New U.S. Patent and Trademark Office — Guidance on Patent Subject Matter Eligibility
Join and listen as experts in the industry explain the new Interim Eligibility Guidance, the USPTO's new three-step process to perform a complete patent-eligibility analysis and provide framework for discussions with examiners at a patent office.More