AUTM Newsbrief
May 26, 2011

UK: New guide for universities to manage intellectual property
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Universities can now access a new tool to help develop and manage their intellectual assets. The Intellectual Property Office launched a strategy guide called Intellectual Asset Management for Universities. The new guide provides advice and information to universities to help them understand how they can best use their institution's intellectual property. This can be an invention, trade mark, original design or the application of a good idea. More

Nano-based pill could reduce fat and sugar in food
The Jerusalem Post
In the future, you could be able to have your sweet, fattening cake and eat it, too, all without risking your health. Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Harvard University in Boston have developed a nano-complex dietary supplement that can be taken before meals to substantially reduce the amount of fat and sugar your body absorbs. Patents for the development have been applied for by Harvard and Yissum, Hebrew University’s technology transfer company.More

Bacteria-growing water toxicity monitor wins innovation award
The Engineer
The Continuous Toxicity Monitor, which allows authorities to monitor water supplies in real time for suspicious biological or chemical contaminants, received the prize from Cardiff University in the United Kingdom. The technology was developed by a team from the university's School of Biosciences, led by professor David Lloyd, and spinout Cymtox, now a subsidiary of Guildford, U.K.-based technology firm Modern Water.More

Spanish researchers develop lightweight electric motorcycle
Asian News International via
A group of engineers at Carlos III University of Madrid have developed a prototype of a high-performance electric motorcycle. This project, known as e-Moto, was created and developed by LGN Tech Design, a spin-off company. "The technology that we have developed is a result of the design of a platform for the modeling, analysis and evolution of racing motorcycles, which was then applied to the development of the e-Moto," said professor Juan Carlos Garcia Prada, of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Carlos III University of Madrid.More

Startup EarthRisk bets on bad weather
Bad weather can mean big losses for businesses impacted by hurricanes, snow storms, floods, tornadoes and all manner of natural disasters. But entrepreneur Stephen Bennett has developed software that can predict severe weather patterns as much as 40 days ahead of time. San Diego-based EarthRisk Technologies has built an online forecasting tool that alerts clients, mostly energy companies, to potentially severe weather systems. Bennett developed the technology over the last few years in conjunction with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego. More

UCCE to lead technology transfer in new honey bee health initiative
Western Farm Press
The technology transfer component of a newly funded nationwide initiative designed to monitor and maintain honey bee health will be hosted by the University of California Cooperative (UCCE). The "Bee Informed Partnership" was created with a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Technology transfer is headquartered in Butte County, Calif., because of the locale's importance to beekeeping nationwide and Cooperative Extension's established leadership in honeybee research and extension.More

Alvine Pharma receives US patents for enzyme use in celiac disease
Alvine Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment of autoimmune and gastrointestinal diseases, announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued four key patents: 7,943,312; 7,928,056; 7,923,532; and 7,910,541, protecting various aspects of Alvine's core technology. These patents cover gluten degradation with gluten-specific proteases, methods for identifying proteases useful in degrading gluten and reagents for diagnosing celiac disease. Alvine has an exclusive worldwide license to these patents from Stanford University.More

University of Maryland spinout takes on sound in 3-D
Washington Business Journal (subscription)
If VisiSonics has its way, football games and concerts will one day be captured on a black orb bristling with microphones and cameras and reproduced through software that tricks the human ear into thinking it's right in the middle of the action. The University of Maryland spinout is building a dual hardware and software business in the infant field of 3-D sound.More