AUTM Newsbrief
Nov. 10, 2011

Inventions act helped to pave way for growth
Columbia Daily Tribune
Two months ago, Jake Halliday referenced his grandson, Liam. Last month, Halliday gave equal time to his granddaughter, Ella. And then he was out of grandchildren. Or so he thought. Eli arrived three weeks ago, and Danny bounced onto the scene soon after. All four likely will grow up in Columbia, Mo. The city, and the opportunities for his grandchildren, will change markedly by the time they reach adulthood, in large part because of an act of Congress 30 years ago. The Bayh-Dole Act, sponsored by former U.S. Sens. Birch Bayh of Indiana and Bob Dole of Kansas, turned the laws dealing with the ownership of inventions upside down. Back then, if the government funded research, the government owned the resulting inventions. But the return on investment was dismal. Less than 5 percent of government-owned patents ever were licensed.More

To protect your next bright idea, mind what you say and when
you say it

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Over the past several months, much has been written about the America Invents Act, the sweeping patent-reform legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama in September. It has been dissected, analyzed, praised and criticized. But one aspect that has received little attention is its impact on universities. Universities are unusual among entities that file for patents in that they have a core mission that includes the dissemination of research through publication and participation in academic conferences and seminars. These "disclosures," to use the language of the patent world, have implications with respect to patentability. And the implications are significantly altered by the most notable provision of the AIA, which replaces the longstanding first-to-invent system with what is often described as a first-to-file approach.More

University of Minnesota hopes technology will smarten traffic
Pioneer Press
A new startup company in St. Paul, Minn., hopes to commercialize technology that could help cut congestion on roadways by better controlling traffic lights. SMART Signal Technologies Inc. signed an agreement to license the technology from the University of Minnesota, said John Merritt, a spokesman for the university. The company's product takes data from existing traffic equipment and calculates optimal queue length at intersections controlled by traffic lights. More

Qualcomm buys HaloIPT (and patents) for wireless charging technology
Qualcomm, the San Diego wireless technology giant, turned in a new direction today with its acquisition of HaloIPT, a startup founded last year by Auckland University's UniServices and Arup, the engineering design giant, to develop technology that can transmit electricity without wires. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. With technology from UniServices, the University of Auckland's commercialization company, HaloIPT (Inductive Power Transfer) uses a doormat-sized electromagnetic device to generate an electric field to wirelessly transfer energy to an electric vehicle's power system. Such energy induction is a well-known technology, and was demonstrated by Nikola Tesla as early as 1893.More

Instant plant disease diagnosis? There's an app for that
Kalamazoo Gazette
Growers who need to identify diseases attacking crops without waiting days for lab results may be able to turn to their phones for answers. There's an app for that. According to a news release from Michigan State University, Syed Hashsham, professor of civil and environmental engineering, has developed a device that performs genetic analysis using a low-cost handheld device and is operated using smartphone technology.More

Arizona State University inks partnership for flexible electronics with City University of Hong Kong
The A to Z of Nanotechnology
Arizona State University develops flexible electronics at its Flexible Display Center, which was established in 2004 through a partnership deal with the United States Army Research Laboratory for the commercialization of lightweight, rugged, low-power and flexible electronics and display technologies. According to the deal, ASU delivers innovative pilot line production capability and expertise in flexible microelectronics using advanced amorphous silicon thin film transistor technology and advanced metal oxide TFT technology.More

Celgene to funnel $45 million into startup Quanticel for targeted cancer drugs
Cancer drugmaker Celgene has firmed up a major multiyear deal with Stanford University spinoff Quanticel Pharmaceuticals. Under the deal, Celgene will receive access to the small firm's biomarker discovery engine and a buyout option. The deal also aids Celgene's advance on new drugs that home in on molecular weak points or targets on cancer cells, and it makes for a unique early tie-up among the big company, Quanticel and the startup's backer, Versant Ventures.More

AUTM Annual Meeting — Schedule now available
Are you new to the AUTM Annual Meeting? Attend the Freshman Orientation and Networking Event on Wednesday, March 14. This event is designed to help you maximize your experience at the AUTM Annual Meeting. #AUTM2012More

AUTM Venture Forum
Friday, March 16
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The AUTM 2012 Venture Forum will provide AUTM attendees the opportunity to hear from and interact with some of the top institutional and corporate venture investors in the country. The Venture Forum will consist principally of two events: the business plan competition and a venture capital panel discussion. More

Show us what you got: Apply for the 2012 Venture Pitch Competition
Blog by: Robert Creeden
There are many seasons in our lives. Depending on your point of view some will say the traditional winter, summer, spring and fall. Others will tell you football, baseball, hockey and basketball. And I am sure I am leaving out many more. In my mind this is the season of the Association of University Technology Managers 2012 Venture Pitch Competition. I was fortunate to be involved with the first competition last year at the AUTM Annual Meeting in Las Vegas and it was one of the most enjoyable and educational business plan competitions I have been involved with over my more than 20 years of participation in similar events. More