AUTM Newsbrief
May. 15, 2014

Reality Check: Patents Foster Innovation and Economic Activity
Critics of the patent system and, specifically, the critics of software patents would have the United States forfeit the future in favor of something that has never worked. Curtailing patent rights has never worked to produce more innovation anywhere it has been tried. So why would we try such an experiment in the United States when it hasn't worked anywhere ever? Unfortunately, it seems that many of our leaders in Washington, D.C., are listening to those who have fanned the flames and worked exceptionally hard to create an unhealthy anti-patent climate.More

The Belief That Our Patent System is Broken is Patently False
Detroit Free Press
If you listen to some commentators on the subject of patents, you could form the belief that the patent system is irreparably broken. According to these arguments, "patent trolls" are bringing businesses to a complete halt and that software patents are a barrier to innovation. Some pundits even equate "patent troll" litigation with the legitimate legal interests of inventors who are defending their intellectual property.More

3 Nova Southeastern University Researchers Receive Patents
Three Nova Southeastern University professors from three different colleges recently secured patents for their innovations. "The idea of a university is to further innovation, promote scholarship and ultimately benefit humanity," said NSU President George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D.More

University of Houston Professor Develops App to Detect Skin Cancer
Dr. George Zouridakis, Ph.D., a professor at the University of Houston, has developed an iPhone app, DermoScreen, that in early testing was able to detect melanoma 85 percent of the time. The smartphone must be attached to a $500 dermoscope, which further magnifies the area of the patient's skin that will be tested.More

Nonprofit Aims to Raise $10 Million to Seed Health Care Startups
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The nonprofit Bridge to Cures Inc. is aiming to raise $10 million to seed health care startups involved in areas like drug development, medical devices and diagnostics. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. will announce that it is providing the new organization with a $140,000 matching grant. The group was formed by three Milwaukee-area academics.More

'Supercomputer' Helps Local Scientists Fight Cancer
Livewell Nebraska
In the fight to defeat the most deadly forms of cancer, scientists in Omaha, Nebraska, are enlisting a supercomputer instead of a robot. To find a drug that could target troublesome cells, researchers formerly had to test compounds solely in a lab, where a robotic device would combine different compounds in huge trays. Today, that same review of all the compounds can be performed in days.More

AUTM 2014 Region Meetings Announced
AUTM region meetings bring diverse programs of interest to experienced and new-technology-transfer professionals. Focused on best practices and strategies for industry-academia partnerships that culminate in successful product commercialization, each meeting provides a forum for members to connect, exchange ideas and gain valuable contacts.

Region Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities: Sponsorship of AUTM Region Meetings underscores your involvement in the technology transfer field. For details, email Madhuri Carson, or call 847-753-5217.More

AUTM Accepting Scholarship and Literature Review Prize Applications
AUTM is now accepting scholarship applications from students, scholars and new professionals pursuing a career in academic technology transfer.More

AUTM Seeks Fundraising Professional
AUTM is seeking letters of interest from fundraising professionals to assist with its strategies to increase nondues revenues. The funding environment currently offers more opportunities to secure grant funding — especially from government sources — than ever before. This environment may change at the conclusion of the Obama administration, so there is a certain level of urgency to begin activities. Activities will be focused on securing grants from government and foundations and expanding corporate engagement, cultivation and sponsorship.

Letters must be submitted via email in PDF format by July 31.

Learn more about this unique opportunity.More

AUTM Videos Spotlight Technology Transfer Benefits: More Grants Available
Additional grants are available in AUTM's Put a Face On It video project, which spotlights the real-world connection between our members' work and its ability to transform people's lives. The videos can be used in presentations to build a greater understanding of technology transfer. Share, tweet, or link to the videos to spread the word about your important work!

Learn more about how to submit your own here.


AUTM Transactional Academic Comparables Tracking (TransACT)
Database Needs YOUR Deals

AUTM has launched the data collection phase for its new Transactional Academic Comparables Tracking (TransACT) Database (formerly the Royalties and Deals database), a powerful comprehensive database of transactional terms and conditions that only AUTM could amass.

TransACT Needs YOUR Deals!
AUTM directors were sent login instructions last month. If you will be responsible for entering deals for your institution and did not receive an email with your login and a link to the database, please contact Chris Harris, AUTM assistant vice president for Deal Terms Database.

To make the AUTM TransACT Database as successful and meaningful as possible, please enter your deals as soon as possible. Your institution will receive a discount on the subscription price of the AUTM TransACT Database based on the number deals contributed.

If you have questions about the AUTM TransACT Database, please contact Chris Harris.More

Tufts Licenses Silk Biomaterials Technology to Akeso Biomedical
Tufts University via
Tufts University has announced that it has licensed a novel silk technology for the treatment of chronic skin wounds to Akeso Biomedical, Inc., an early stage medical device company. The technology was invented by David L. Kaplan, Ph.D., Stern Family Professor of Engineering at Tufts University, and his team of researchers at Tufts School of Engineering.More

The Role of Intellectual Property in Technology Transfer and Competition
Students at Lund University of Sweden learn from an United Nations Conference on Trade and Development partnership how policy frameworks can help build domestic technological capacities and the role of intellectual property rights in this regard.More

Public Sector Takes Sides in Patent-Troll Fight
Transit agencies and public universities have a lot at stake while corporate heavyweights clash over state and congressional efforts to rein in so-called "patent trolls." Proposals before Congress to crack down on patent trolls have pit major tech companies against each other. But they can be just as divisive in the public sector, too.More

AUTM Partnering Forum: Neurologic and Orthopaedic Medical
Device Technology

This new business development meeting presents a unique opportunity to network with industry partners and take an in-depth look at the neurologic and orthopaedic medical device technology sector.

Includes a reverse showcase of presentations from industry partners highlighting technological areas of interest and how to best work with them; short panel sessions dealing with technology transfer topics relevant to neurologic and orthopaedic medical devices; and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one partnering.

Sept. 23-24
Hosted by Wake Forest Innovations
Winston-Salem, NC, USA

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship of an AUTM Partnering Forum underscores your involvement in the technology transfer field and helps AUTM keep registration fees low — allowing technology transfer professionals from all backgrounds and skill levels to attend.

Contact Madhuri Carson either via email or by phone at 847-753-5217 with any questions.

Download the sponsorship application now.More

AUTM Business Development Course — Medical Devices
Save the date for this first in a series of AUTM business development courses designed to provide in-depth education on specific industry sectors. This course focuses on the medical device industry and how regulatory, legal and business issues affect commercializing technologies in the medical device space. Registration for this course will open in early July.

Nov 12–13, Chicago Marriott O'Hare, Rosemont, IL, USA

View Schedule at a Glance. Faculty.

Registration Information. Hotel and Travel Information.More

AUTM Webinars
AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members for one low price.

June 11
Telling Our Story: AUTM's Better World Project and Advocacy Videos
This informative, FREE webinar is for those who would like to learn more about communicating the value of academic technology transfer to stakeholders using AUTM's "Put a Face On It" videos, the Better World Project, and AUTM's new "About Technology Transfer" video.

June 17
Federal Award Terms: What Do They Mean for You?
Learn how restrictions impact technology transfer and what constraints they might impose on the ability to license university technologies. This webinar will discuss the implications of such terms and strategies for handling them..

AUTM also offers on-demand webinars and other professional development sessions. View the complete list.More

Better World Project Featured Stories
The Better World Project features inspiring stories about university technologies that make the world a better place. Check out the new featured story from the North Carolina State University: Natural Enzyme Helps Farmers Feed the World. Take a minute to enter a technology from your institution for a chance to be one of the featured stories.

This video from editor Laura Savatski explains how. 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, click here.More