Author Archives: Laura Schoppe

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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AUTM’s 2011 Meeting a Big Success

As I write this, I am at the Vegas airport awaiting my flight home from the annual meeting of the Association of University Technology Managers®. At the closing reception last night, I heard many people say that AUTM2011 was the … Continue reading

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Rise and Shine: A Tuesday Morning Check-In from AUTM

The calm before the storm: Laura Schoppe gets grounded at Booth #305 on the first day of AUTM2011. As you know from my last post, I’m in Las Vegas right now for the annual AUTM® meeting. Our Fuentek booth (#305) … 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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Packing My Bags for AUTM Meeting in Vegas

Laura will miss her pups while in Vegas for a week at AUTM2011! Tomorrow morning I head over to RDU airport to fly to Las Vegas for the annual conference of the Association of University Technology Managers®. It’s going to … 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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