AUTM Newsbrief
Nov. 21, 2012

University Research Is a Serious Business
The Huffington Post
When it was announced that Vince Cable was coming to UCL spinout, Space Syntax — the company behind the map of East London used in the opening ceremony of the Olympics — to announce more funding to get academic research out onto the market and benefitting the economy, it appeared the Government might gradually be piecing together a coherent policy to support research, and recognizing its value to the economy.More

Utah State Debuts Wireless Electric Transit Bus
The Associated Press via San Francisco Chronicle
Utah State University has rolled out an electric transit bus that's capable of being recharged wirelessly and signals a revolution for road travel of the future. Wireless power has been used for years in some consumer devices and in factory power strips. Now engineers say they've perfected it for vehicles with a system tailored for bus transit routes. The university said the technology is notable mainly for transferring a wireless charge through thin air with little loss in energy.More

Texas Tech University Develops Improved Fracturing Techniques
The Paramus Post
Global demand for underground resources, such as oil and natural gas, is forecast to climb significantly in the years to come. To keep up with increasing needs, well stimulation techniques such as hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) are becoming more and more important. A team of Texas Tech University researchers has developed new techniques to enhance the process. More

Collegiate Inventors Competition Recognizes New Technology Advancements
The A to Z of Materials
Recognizing the innovative ideas of today's college and university students, the 2012 Collegiate Inventors Competition, a program of Invent Now, announced that a novel delivery therapy for treating cancer and a way to facilitate suturing in abdominal surgery have won top prizes during the competition's culminating ceremony at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.More

Patents a Deciding Factor in Technology Awards
China Daily
The number of patents owned by scientists is playing a more significant role in determining whether or not they will be awarded China's science and technology prizes, experts say. For his achievements in the development of safer pesticides, a professor from Guizhou University, recently won a Science and Technology Innovation Award this year from the Hong Kong-based Ho Leung Ho Lee Foundation. It is the most influential non-government prize in China. He also owns eight related invention patents.More

Students' Bra-with-pockets Idea Faces a Patent Challenge
Puget Sound Business Journal (subscription)
A pair of University of Washington student entrepreneurs are getting a taste of real-world legal battles as they face a patent lawsuit against their startup firm, which sells bras that contain a small pocket for stashing a cell phone or credit card. JoeyBra was founded by senior business majors Mariah Gentry and Kyle Bartlow to cater to fellow students in the habit of having their smartphones along everywhere.More

UC Davis to Test Experimental Drug for Laminitis in Horses
Daily Democrat
Veterinarians at the UC Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine have announced plans to conduct the first clinical trial of an experimental drug that has shown promise in treating horses stricken with laminitis, an excruciatingly painful and often life-threatening foot-related disease.More

AUTM Membership Renewal
There has never been a more exciting time to be an AUTM member! Your 2013 AUTM membership will connect you to the knowledge, resources and networking you need to meet the challenges and opportunities our profession offers every day. There are plenty of membership benefits too, including AUTM's 2013 Membership Appreciation Program. Read about them here.

For more information and to renew, visit AUTM online or contact AUTM headquarters at or +1-847-559-0846.More

Register Now for AUTM's 2013 Annual Meeting — Save $75
Early Registration Deadline: Jan. 9.
Register for the AUTM 2013 Annual Meeting by Jan. 9 and save $75. Need to register by mail or fax? Download an application here.

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    NEW! AUTM Professional Development in Japan
    The Shizuoka University, in partnership with AUTM, will host AUTM’s first professional development event in Japan. The event offers an opportunity for technology transfer students and professionals to connect with others from industry, academic, and IP related organizations. Industry experts will lead courses on:

  • Patenting
  • Marketing
  • Negotiation
  • Licensing and commercialization
  • (Simultaneous translation will be provided in all courses.)

    Dec. 12 – 14, Act City Hamamatsu Congress Center, Shizuoka, Japan Registration information. Schedule at a glance.More

    AUTM Member Needs Survey Task Force Seeks Volunteers
    AUTM's Member Needs Survey Task Force is seeking volunteers to help evaluate data collected from this year's membership survey. The ideal volunteer will have a general understanding of AUTM's member benefits, an interest in objectively analyzing data and collaboratively drafting recommendations based on the survey results. For more information or to volunteer, contact AUTM headquarters at, or by phone at +1-847-559-0846.More

    Certification Requirements for Biosimilar Applicants
    Six higher education associations, including AUTM, recently addressed issues raised by the proposed pathway for the pre-application dispute resolution for biosimilar and interchangeable biological products. Read the letter. More