Today is the 2-year birthday of the Fuentek blog! Looking back, we have seen some big issues in our industry. We’ve covered quite a few of them here, and a peek at our analytics suggests that there are, indeed, some hot topics.
Below is a list of the blog posts that were tops this past year.
Prioritizing the IP portfolio is perhaps the biggest task that tech transfer offices (TTOs) face. Doing it efficiently and effectively is essential. This post provided our advice for technology triage. (BTW, the post links to another popular topic: the costs associated with not screening technologies.)
The trend toward standardized licensing agreements has continued since UNC announced its Express License program in late 2009. And when used judiciously, these can be an excellent way to streamline the licensing process. But as this post explains, standard licensing agreements should be constructed carefully and not take the place of all licensing negotiations.
TTO performance—and how it’s measured—has been the topic of several posts on our blog during the past year (which you can easily access via the Insights on TTO metrics section of our Web site). This popular post outlines how TTOs can use the Kaplan–Norton Balanced Scorecard approach to track their organizational results.
Although this post appeared before our blog’s last birthday, it still was tops this year. The post’s guidance for phasing in a new TTO site to keep the project manageable seemed to resonate with readers, who also frequently downloaded the free white paper How to Build an Effective Technology Transfer Web Site. (BTW, if you’re interested in this topic, you might also want to check out more recent posts regarding new TTO sites for NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center and Georgia Tech.)
Do you have another favorite blog post? Or is there a topic you want us to weigh in on? Post a comment below or send us a private message via our Contact Us page. And thanks for tuning in!