AUTM Newsbrief
Aug. 8, 2013

Patent Haters Take Notice! University Innovation Fuels Robust Economic Activity
On Aug. 5, the the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), a nonprofit association of academic technology transfer professionals, released the highlights of the AUTM U.S. Licensing Activity Survey: FY2012. The AUTM survey shares quantitative information about licensing activities at U.S. universities, hospitals and research institutions. The full report is scheduled for release at the end of the year.More

Tech's World War Over Patents Cooling Off
In the past few years, technology companies have spent ludicrous amounts of money to buy patents. But they're discovering, as the drawn-out lawsuits over intellectual property play out, that owning the rights to old inventions may not be worth as much as actually inventing and selling new things. The tech world's fiery passion for patents is finally starting to simmer, Michel Combes, chief executive officer at Alcatel-Lucent, said recently.More

Tech Executive to Lawmakers: Patent Trolls 'A Massive Problem'
The Hill
Tech startups recently made a case before a House Judiciary Committee panel that current intellectual property laws may be less a form of protection and more a form of protectionism. The firms are asking for help from Congress in fighting patent trolls, which are entities that buy up patents in bulk and threaten to sue other companies for infringement, often causing them to settle in order to avoid a costly lawsuit. More

University of Maryland, Baltimore Licensing Deals Fuel Local Life Sciences Community
The Associated Press via R&D Magazine
University of Maryland Ventures announced agreements between University of Maryland, Baltimore and five different life sciences companies across the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan region. These deals are part of UM Ventures' continual efforts to accelerate technology commercialization, advance industry collaboration and support projects with commercial value at both the Baltimore and College Park campuses of the university.More

Researchers Invent World's Smallest Terahertz Detector
University of Pittsburgh via R&D Magazine
Molecules could soon be “scanned” in a fashion similar to imaging screenings at airports, thanks to a detector developed by University of Pittsburgh physicists. The detector, featured in a recent issue of Nano Letters, may have the ability to chemically identify single molecules using terahertz radiation — a range of light far below what the eye can detect.More

Case Western Grants Technology Transfer Option to Disease Diagnostic Group to Evaluate RAM Device
Case Western Reserve University via News-Medical.Net
Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) has granted a two-year technology transfer option to a research spinoff company developing a hand-held device that diagnoses malaria more quickly, simply and affordably than existing methods. Disease Diagnostic Group LLC, the startup formed last summer from biomedical engineering research at the university's School of Engineering, also raised $250,000 to "field-test" the device this fall in Peru.More

White House Takes Small Step to Patent Reform by Vetoing iPhone Ban
The White House has decided that it wants to have a say in the in the ongoing patent wars that have waged between smartphone manufacturers over the past several years. The Obama administration vetoed a ruling from the International Trade Commission that called for an import ban on older Apple mobile products, including the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad 3G and iPad 2 3G after the ITC found those products infringed on a patent from Samsung. More

Compact Graphene Device Could Shrink Supercapacitors
Monash University via Futurity
A new strategy to engineer graphene-based supercapacitors could make them viable for widespread use in renewable energy storage, portable electronics and electric vehicles. Supercapacitors are generally made of highly porous carbon impregnated with a liquid electrolyte to transport the electrical charge. A materials engineering professor at Monash University, and his team created a supercapacitor with energy density of 60 watt-hours per liter — comparable to lead-acid batteries and around 12 times higher than commercially available supercapacitors.More

Penn State Researchers Celebrate Successful Testing of Heart Pump
Penn State
A team of Penn State researchers at the Applied Research Laboratory and Materials Science Department have seen the Left Ventricular Assist Device they developed between 2005 and 2011 transitioned to its first successful human test in March. Thoratec Corp., a world leader in mechanical circulatory support therapies for failing hearts, licensed the technology from Penn State in 2010.More

Tech's World War Over Patents Cooling Off
In the past few years, technology companies have spent ludicrous amounts of money to buy patents. But they're discovering, as the drawn-out lawsuits over intellectual property play out, that owning the rights to old inventions may not be worth as much as actually inventing and selling new things. More

Technology Industry Taking Aim at Patent Trolls
The tech industry, after focusing laserlike on immigration reform for much of the past year, is using the slow congressional walk on that issue to increasingly turn its attention to another fight: getting Washington to curb patent trolls.More

Copyright Policy, Creativity and Innovation in the Digital Economy
IP Watchdog
The U.S. Department of Commerce released a green paper on copyright policy, creativity, and innovation in the digital economy to advance discussion on a set of policy issues critical to economic growth.More

One Man is Resurrecting Forgotten Patents of Yore With 3-D Printing
The charms of the patent office archives — and the hilariously insane inventions they contain — are well known. But is it possible that a few of those failed entrepreneurs were actually on to something? A New York lawyer thinks so — and he's resurrecting the ghosts of patents past by offering 3-D models of them online.More

Ohio State Spinoff Attracts Research Commercialization Funding
Today's Medical Technologies
Core Quantum Technologies (CQT) has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research grant by the National Science Foundation to develop fluorescing nanoparticles for medical diagnosis, imaging and research. CQT was co-founded by a professor in The Ohio State University College of Engineering; a chemical and biomolecular engineering adjunct professor at Ohio State; and a chemical engineering alumnus. The Columbus-based startup company invented a type of nanoparticle that emits different colors to tag molecules in biomedical tests.More

AUTM Releases FY 2012 U.S. Licensing Activity Survey Highlights
University licensing and startup activity continued to see a robust increase during fiscal year 2012, according to survey data published Aug. 5 by AUTM. The release of highlights from the AUTM U.S. Licensing Activity Survey: FY2012, a report scheduled for full release at the end of the year, shares quantitative information about licensing activities at U.S. universities, hospitals and research institutions. The survey report is used by universities, hospitals and research institutions as a means to benchmark licensing activity.

Survey highlights. Press release.More

Check out the E-Group — AUTM Eastern Region Meeting
Already registered for the AUTM 2013 Eastern Region Meeting? If so, visit the AUTM Eastern Region Meeting e-group to see who else will be attending. Continue to check back as registration grows. Advance registration for this event closes on Aug. 22, so reserve your space now.

Register. Schedule at a Glance. Download the Preliminary Program.More

Early Bird Registration Ends Aug. 13 — AUTM 2013 Western Region Meeting
Don't forget to register before the Aug. 13 deadline to save $25! At the AUTM 2013 Western Region Meeting in Portland, OR Sept. 30 - Oct. 1., you'll learn a new approach to complex negotiation, as attorney Martin Medeiros, author of Negotiating Beyond Tomorrow: A Systems Approach to Negotiation, walks you through:

Check out the meeting program for full details on this and other sessions.

Registration Information. Schedule at a Glance. Hotel and Travel Information.More

Register Now for AUTM's Small Tech Transfer Office Course
Join AUTM for a two day course designed specifically for technology transfer professionals working in small offices. This course is beneficial to those starting a new technology transfer office or who already have an existing small office and would like to grow existing efforts dramatically.

Speakers from small offices will discuss:

Successful Practices in Small Technology Transfer Offices
Oct. 23-24,
InterContinental Dallas
Dallas, TX USA

Hotel and travel information. Schedule. Register.More

AUTM TOOLS and Essentials Courses Allow Participants to Tailor Learning
These AUTM courses are held concurrently so that participants may attend sessions from both courses, tailoring their learning to their own background experiences and interests. Oct. 23-25, InterContinental Dallas
Dallas, TX.


AUTM Webinars
Aug. 21, 1:30 p.m. EDT
Negotiation of License Agreements
This session will explore strategies to help you negotiate through the likely sticking points of license agreements. Examples explain negotiation dynamics and illustrate ways to respond to common tactics used during the license negotiation process. Learn more or register

Aug. 27, 1:30 p.m. EDT
How to Stop Worrying & Start Implementing License Agreement Compliance
Covers every day in-office procedures to verifying compliance with license agreement terms and conditions specifically focusing on financial and informational reporting and payments.Learn more or register

To view the list of upcoming September 2013 webinars, click here.More

AUTM Better World Project — Featured Stories for Aug. 2013
The Better World Project features stories each month that spotlight real-world examples of academic research that benefits humankind — keeping technology transfer and its public benefits top of mind throughout the year.

Check out the featured stories for August 2013.

Click here to learn how to submit your own story to the online database. You could be chosen to become a featured story, but only if you're in the database! More