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New Program to Help Commercialize Ideas Developed at University of Wisconsin Campuses Statewide
University of Wisconsin-Superior
The University of Wisconsin System and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. have created a $2 million seed fund that the University of Wisconsin-Extension will administer to help commercialize technology and ideas developed at UW campuses statewide.
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LSU Gives Green Light for Fund to Support Innovation
Global University Venturing
Louisiana State University is set to provide a crucial lifeline to intellectual property with commercialization potential following the approval of a $2 million proof-of-concept fund for the institution. The Leveraging Innovation for Technology Transfer fund will provide grants on a competitive basis of up to $50,000 twice a year. It is supported with proceeds generated from past LSU innovation licensed out from the institution.
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Ohio State Enters Agreement with Software Company, Earns $275K Upfront Licensing Fee
The Lantern
The Ohio State University has signed an agreement with a software company that is set to bring in several million dollars over the course of the contract. OSU announced the signing of an agreement with Signet Accel LLC. The deal has already brought OSU $275,000 in an upfront licensing payment, which goes to "the university and the College of Medicine," according to an OSU release.
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“Monetization of University Patents”

Patent monetization can result in very large revenues for universities, however, monetization requires universities to consider unique sensitivities and, in some cases, conflicting interests. Increasingly, however, universities are asking themselves how to monetize their patents and considering several potential approaches to do so.

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Tax-Effective Investing: Share in the Future of Oxford University Spinouts
Angel News
For the first time, private investors will be able to make tax-efficient investments in range of new Oxford technology companies via a dedicated fund, the University of Oxford Isis Fund, set up by Parkwalk Advisors and Isis Innovation, the University's research commercialization arm.
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Quebec Government Awards $13.9 million to IRIC for New Drug Development Against Cancer, Other Medical Conditions
Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer
The Institute for Research in Immunology and Cancer of the Université de Montreal received an award of $13.9 million from the "Fonds de partenariat pour un Québec innovant et en santé" to develop new drugs against cancer and other medical conditions, in collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck, two biopharmaceutical companies.
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  NAI Conference March 6-7, 2014

Register now for the 3rd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, Mar. 6-7 at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, VA. Conference features world class speakers, “Night at the Museum” event in Flag Hall at the Smithsonian, and the induction of the 2013 NAI Fellows. Register and read more

Cleverer 'Cache' Management Could Improve Computer Chips' Performance, Reduce Energy Consumption
Massachusetts Institute of Technology via
Computer chips keep getting faster because transistors keep getting smaller. But the chips themselves are as big as ever, so data moving around the chip — and between chips and main memory — has to travel just as far. As transistors get faster, the cost of moving data becomes, proportionally, a more severe limitation.
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AUTM Appoints New Executive Director
The AUTM Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Valerie Landrio McDevitt as the new AUTM executive director, effective March 24. This decision was reached by a unanimous vote. In her role, Valerie will be responsible for working with the AUTM Board to implement AUTM's strategic plan and provide oversight of AUTM's contract with The Sherwood Group — the association management company responsible for many of the daily operations of AUTM.
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IP Hall of Fame™ Nominations
Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) is now inviting nominations for individuals to be considered as this year's inductees into the IP Hall of Fame. Founded in 2006, the IP Hall of Fame exists to honor those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the creation of today's global IP system.

AUTM encourages its members to nominate the late Howard Bremer. To make your nomination(s), please visit the nominations website.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 21.

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Medical Device Impact Study Funding Recipient Chosen
AUTM, through the generous support of the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, has selected Focus IP as the funding recipient for its Medical Device Impact Study. Focus IP will conduct research and produce a report detailing the impact academia has had on the development of medical devices on the market, complete with corresponding research strategy, methodology and support data.

AUTM wishes to thank its Search Committee for its rigorous work in creating the RFP, interviewing the many candidates and selecting the right researcher for the project. For more information contact Chrys Gwellem at AUTM headquarters at 1-847-559-0846, Ext. 360, or via email.

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AUTM 2014 Software Course℠
This course is designed specifically for university licensing professionals who work with software and other information assets. The course will provide a survey of basic principles, as well as a study of best practices, emerging models and actual cases, that will benefit both newcomers and experienced practitioners. Participants will leave with the tools to handle basic to complex software asset management and licensing situations.

May 15-16, 2014
Hutton Hotel
Nashville, TN USA

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

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Academics: Patenting Necessary for Continued Innovation
A recent study from the Brookings Institution "University Start-Ups: Critical for Improving Technology Transfer," received a lot of coverage in the national media. While the title implies the focus is on expanding academic start-up formation (a laudable goal), The New York Times headline accurately reflects the real message: "Patenting Their Discoveries Does Not Pay Off for Most Universities."

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Purdue Professors Get Funds to Commercialize Research Projects
Three professors at Purdue University's colleges of engineering and science will work to develop and commercialize their research projects with around $130,000 in combined funding.

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Energy Secretary Commends for Research, Commercialization
The University of Texas
Academic institutions such as The University of Texas serve an essential role in furthering scientific research that can help drive the commercialization of transformative products and services, said U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz during a recent visit to Austin, Texas.

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AUTM Partnering Forums
In 2014, AUTM will offer new networking events designed to allow you to connect with industry partners in a smaller setting. The AUTM Partnering Forums will be 1-2 day business development meetings, and each will focus on a specific industry niche. Several more AUTM Partnering Forums will be scheduled in 2014. Look for more information in the coming months.
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AUTM Partnering Forum: Medical Imaging Technology
April 23-24, 2014
Hosted by Case Western Reserve University
Global Center for Health Innovation
Cleveland, OH USA

This new business development meeting will be a unique opportunity to network with industry partners and take an in-depth look at the medical imaging technology sector.

Registration Information. Schedule at a Glance.

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AUTM Webinars
AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members for one low price.

March 4
Post-grant Proceedings Under the AIA
Our panel will walk you through the issues associated with a new proceeding (as of Sep. 16, 2012) that allows parties to challenge the validity of an issued patent before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

March 26
Royalty Monetization: Primer, Current Trends and Best Practice
Royalty monetization is a "hot topic" in the technology transfer industry. Hybrid approaches abound, and the landscape is definitely changing. Join us to find out how this topic can affect you, your university, and your inventors.

AUTM also offers on-demand webinars and other professional development sessions. View the complete list.

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    Technology Transfer: How IT Can Help Commercialize University Research (Campus Technology)
LSU: Innovation Put to the Forefront (The Advocate)
Does University License Patenting Pay Off? (IPWatchdog)
Arizona Governor Tours Bioscience Firms (Arizona Daily Star)

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AUTM Royalty and Deals Database Needs YOUR Deals
AUTM has launched the data collection phase for the new AUTM Royalty and Deals Database, a powerful comprehensive database of transactional terms and conditions that only AUTM could amass.

We Need Your Deals!
AUTM directors were sent login instructions last month. If you will be responsible for entering deals for your institution and you did not receive an email with your login and a link to the database, contact Chris Harris.

To make the Royalty and Deals Database as successful and meaningful as possible, please visit the database here and enter your deals as soon as possible. As an incentive to provide content, your institution will receive a discount on the subscription price of the Royalty and Deals Database based on the number deals contributed.

If you have questions about the Royalty and Deals Database, please email Chris Harris.

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Better World Project Featured Stories
The Better World Project features inspiring stories about university technologies that make the world a better place. Take a minute to enter a technology from your institution for a chance to be one of the featured stories.

This video from editor Laura Savatski explains how. Or, create a customized report of the stories from your institution that may be already in the database. For more information about the Better World Project, click here.

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Michigan's Zell Lurie Commercialization Fund Makes Two Investments

Washington State Streamlines Research Commercialization Process
(Washington State University)

Ionix Detects Support from IP Group
(Global University Venturing)

Acne Bacteria Found in Grapevines Named for Zappa
(Observer & Eccentric)


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