Author Archives: Laura Schoppe

Bringing Universities and Corporations to SRA Negotiations with a Letter of Intent

Recent experience with a Sponsored Research Agreement (SRA) has underscored the potential miscommunication that often keeps universities and corporations from peacefully coming to successful negotiations. So, I’d like to take some time to weed through what each party can (and cannot do) and why, in an effort to clear up some misconceptions and potential frustrations. Continue reading

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Why University TTOs Are Getting a Bad Rap—and Why That’s Just Not Right

An article on Huffingtonpost.com’s Tech section about university technology transfer offices (TTOs) recently caught my attention, and I’d like to take a moment to respond to it.

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License Programs Targeted at Startups: We Can (and Must) Do Better

You may have noticed that several universities and government labs are forming ready-to-sign patent licensing programs or other initiatives with new licensing terms. Many of these programs target startup companies, like the University of North Carolina’s Express License program or the DOE’s America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge program, which offers startups options to license patents for $1K. Continue reading

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TTOs Need to Assess Market Fit Before Marketing (Poll Results)

Updated October 11, 2011 Our most recent poll asked the question: What does your TTO do with a technology once the patenting process has started: wait for the patent to issue, assess the tech’s fit in the market, or begin … Continue reading

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DOE’s New Option to License Program – Not an Express License, but Still Valuable

Interesting news in the world of technology licensing: the Department of Energy recently announced ‘America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge’—a licensing program offering special terms to startup companies on a set of patent licenses from national labs with the goal … Continue reading

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How College Rivalry Disrupts Entrepreneurship

College sports fans in the Triangle could learn a lot about healthy competition from the kids we saw at the North Carolina FIRST Robotics Competition. Embodying the concept of Gracious Professionalism™, these students helped each other despite being in a … Continue reading

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Talking Tech Transfer with the President’s Ear: Yesterday’s Jobs Council Roundtable

Yesterday I had the great privilege to participate in a roundtable discussion with several members of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness in Durham’s American Tobacco Historic District. As he kicked off the meeting, Obama’s top economic advisor Austan … Continue reading

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AUTM Annual Meeting: Prep for One-On-One Meetings with Industry

For technology transfer professionals getting ready for the next national meeting of the Association of University Technology Managers® (AUTM), it pays to prepare for one-on-one meetings with company representatives attending the conference. This post offers some advice that can really help you dive into these meetings with the confidence, knowledge, and ammunition you need for productive discussions. Continue reading

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Looking for a Few Good Conferences… in Medical Device, Nanotech, Cleantech Industries

As vice president of strategic alliances for the Association of University Technology Managers®, I am working on an effort to expand AUTM’s connections with companies in the physical sciences. You can help by answering this question… Which medical device, nanotech, and … Continue reading

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Redefining Metrics: Discussing the Start-Up Dichotomy

Monday kicked off the Eastern Region meeting for the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) in Baltimore. It was a day of good discussions and debate about how to encourage economic development through university technology transfer — the theme for … Continue reading

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