Author Archives: Laura Schoppe

Social Media: Choose the Right Sites and Make Your Message Clear

I’ve been engaged with technology transfer and marketing since the early 1990s. And wow, have things changed in the ways we reach out to potential licensees and partners! I still remember doing flyer snail mailings and faxing in the early … Continue reading

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Lessons Learned in Training Tech Transfer Interns

Many of you may be getting into the swing of intern season and beginning the application and hiring process. So, I wanted to share with you some of our lessons learned for the next step of the process: training. Selecting … Continue reading

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NC FIRST Makes an Impact—and So Can You!

I’m getting really excited about the upcoming NC FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics competition, April 7-9 at Dorton Arena in Raleigh! The 36 teams from across the state are gearing up to participate in this … Continue reading

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How a Centralized Technology Transfer Office Helps Build Stronger Universities

Universities can be a hotbed of innovation, and tech transfer offices (TTOs) are tasked with finding and spinning out the next big thing. They face several unavoidable challenges as they move academic researchers’ innovations, technologies, and other intellectual property into … Continue reading

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Ready-to-Sign Licensing Agreements: Does One Size Fit All?

I read the recent Technology Transfer Tactics article, “Ready-to-Sign Licensing Boosts Efficiency and Deal Flow,” with great interest as I flew to Las Vegas for the AUTM® 2011 conference. When the University of North Carolina launched its Carolina Express License … Continue reading

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Lessons from Royalty Negotiations: 3 Stories from the Field

Negotiating royalties is challenging under the best of circumstances. In this post, I outline several real-world examples of successes, near-failures, and collapsed deals.   Example 1: David versus Goliath Several innovators (we’ll call them the Davids) from a corporate giant … Continue reading

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$4K for Expedited Patent Reviews: A Small Step that Needs to Be Bigger

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has recently announced a new program to allow companies to pay $4,000 (rather than the standard ~$1,000) to have the review of a patent application expedited. Currently patents take about 35 months to process … Continue reading

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Putting the “Open” in Open Services Innovation

I was gratified last week to watch a video with University of California at Berkeley Professor Henry Chesbrough—who has been called the father of open innovation—discussing his new book: Open Services Innovation. I enjoyed this video not only because what … Continue reading

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Prerequisites and First Steps When Creating a Tech Transfer Office

Last week I read an interesting article on Beyond the First World. Terry Young discussed four reasons for establishing a technology transfer office (TTO) at universities. Making money was not on that list, and I agree that TTOs (wherever they … Continue reading

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New Tech Enables Color E-Paper, Flexible Electronics, and More

Kolon Industries, Inc.—one of Fuentek’s technology transfer clients—has developed a transparent, flexible, colorless polyimide material that will revolutionize a wide range of electronics applications. And attendees at next week’s 10th Annual Flexible Electronics and Displays show in Phoenix, Arizona will … Continue reading

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