AUTM Newsbrief
Dec. 20, 2012

Tech Entrepreneurs Face Hidden Biases
San Francisco Chronicle
It looked as though Silicon Valley's elite startup accelerator, Y Combinator, was becoming more selective. It recently announced that the number of companies it had accepted would shrink to fewer than 50, from 84. But looking for signs indicating which applicants would run into trouble led to an unusual admission of bias — the interviewers were more tolerant after lunch. This observation is just one example of how decisions can be influenced by unexpected factors.More

US Leads World in Patent Quality Race
Live Science
Love them or hate them, patents go hand-in-hand with measuring how U.S. innovation stacks up against the rest of the world. A new report shows U.S. companies, universities and government agencies holding most of the top patent rankings, with familiar names such as Google, Microsoft, the U.S. Navy and Harvard University earning top spots.More

Intellectual Ventures: Why the Patent System Needs Aggregators Like Us
Wired
The U.S. patent system borrowed from mainland Europe a concept that had evolved over hundreds of years: the "moral right" for inventors to protect their ideas. But America's founders went even further — they also included the obligation for inventors to publish. This extra part of the deal was ingenious and has been key to America's history as a global leader in innovation.More

University of New Hampshire Start-up Looks to Commercialize Anti-fatigue Gel
The Boston Globe
Research from the University of New Hampshire's chemistry department has resulted in an exclusive license agreement for an anti-fatigue topical energy gel between the university and Wakup Inc., a UNH start-up company. According to Wakup, each application of this gel gives a person a "non-caffeinated boost for about an hour."More

Sensor System Aims to Keep Elderly at Home
McKnight's Long Term Care News
Researchers believe they can delay or eliminate assisted living or nursing home care for many elderly individuals through use of a home sensor network. The home monitoring system was developed by University of Missouri researchers who see commercialization of the equipment as their next big step. Testing is underway at TigerPlace, an eldercare facility operated by Americare.More

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    AUTM Brings Technology Transfer Expertise to Chile
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    AUTM is engaged at the national level with Chile in their efforts to establish and strengthen technology transfer offices, industry-university partnerships and the country's capacity for innovation.

    AUTM and CORFO — Corporación de Fomento de la Producción — Chile's economic development agency and its division Innova, began their partnership in 2010. The project began with AUTM-delivered professional development courses in Chile for technology transfer professionals. Its second phase, now underway, includes benchmarking Chile's efforts, strategic planning for technology transfer offices, and tactical approaches to operational planning.

    Read more about this strategic partnership here.More

    AUTM Membership Renewal
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    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.

    Memberships will lapse on Jan. 1, so it's important to renew by Dec. 31 to avoid a disruption of your member benefits.

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