Author Archives: Laura Schoppe

Cultivate Your IP: An Infographic for Effective Tech Transfer Operations

Link to our "Cultivate Your IP" infographicFuentek has unique insight into how TTOs can improve their operations for more efficient commercialization of intellectual property (IP). And because we heard from so many TTOs that our Road to Tech Transfer was a valuable tool for communicating with key stakeholders, we thought a new infographic would serve as a useful starting point for sharing our insights for efficient and effective TTO operations. Thinking of the technologies in the IP portfolio as plants, we created the Cultivate Your IP infographic to illustrate TTO best practices for (1) channeling your efforts/resources into the seedlings that are poised to thrive and (2) providing the timely care that allows them to flourish and achieve commercialization success. Continue reading

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Help for Industry: Collaborating with Universities and Government Labs

One Plus 1 is More Than TwoFor technology-based companies, universities and government labs are a great resource for reducing the risk, cost, and time to market for new products. Not only have they extensive capabilities, expertise, and intellectual property (IP) portfolios, but they also have a growing interest in collaborating with industry. Companies wanting to pursue partnerships with university/government labs now have a new resource to consult for how-to advice. Continue reading

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Career Advice for Engineering Undergrads

LAatNCSU_2015Earlier this fall, I gave a guest lecture to the Electrical and Computer Engineering students at the North Carolina State University. Mostly my presentation focused on how to present their Senior Design Project effectively. But I also gave some career advice that I’d like to share here today. So, if you’re an undergraduate student in engineering, consider this. Continue reading

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Nail It at the Design/Business Competition: Advice for Undergrad Engineering Students

LAatNCSU-screen_2015Keep in mind that many of the judges are shopping for employees. This is your chance to impress them. You might get a job out of it. Plus, the skills we’re talking about today are relevant for the rest of your life: getting a job or your next slug of funding, pitching projects internally, negotiating for salary/promotion. Even if you become a professor, you’ll be selling all the time as you try to get lab equipment or funding. Like it or not, you will constantly be selling for the rest of your professional life in order to advance your career. Continue reading

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NASA Unveils New Materials and Coatings Technology Portfolio at CAMX 2015

Materials-pieThe Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) is going on this week in Dallas, and Fuentek’s Jaffer Hussein is there representing NASA and its portfolio of materials and coatings technologies. This portfolio of breakthrough innovations will benefit industrial, commercial, and residential uses and is organized on a website to make it even easier for prospective licensees to explore and locate relevant inventions. Stop by Booth ZA-128 to talk to Jaffer about the NASA technologies Continue reading

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Finding the Fit in Industry-University Collaborations: Advice for Companies

Richard W. ChyllaCo-authored by Laura A. Schoppe and Richard W. Chylla, Ph.D.

Collaboration between well-matched partners is a synergistic way for a company to enter a clearly defined, adjacent market based on breakthrough technology to achieve higher growth. University and government labs across the United States collectively represent a potentially useful partner, given that they have capabilities, expertise, and intellectual property (IP) portfolios that support commercial products. And because many of them are keen to partner with industry, they have been simplifying their policies and offering new programs to facilitate collaboration. Today’s blog post summarizes one such university program, and we provide specific advice for entering into discussions with potential collaborators… and knowing when it’s time to move on. Continue reading

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Consolidating Multi-Campus Tech Transfer: The Foundation Option

ConnectedTwo weeks ago Tech Transfer Central’s eNews Blog featured a new effort by the Purdue Research Foundation to pool its resources with several related organizations — including other research centers and an entrepreneurial incubator — to increase innovation, research grant awards, and tech transfer throughout Indiana. According to the original news release, this collaboration will be managed by a board of advisers composed of local and state stakeholders as well as educational and economic partners. This struck me as a great example of the value provided by foundations that reside outside of the state university structure and own/manage the institution’s intellectual property (IP). Several state universities have implemented foundations to manage their technology transfer programs, entrepreneurship support, and more. These foundations can take advantage of greater flexibility in deal structure, reduced bureaucracy, more autonomy, and a broadening of services. For example,… Continue reading

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5 Technology Sourcing Tips to Sprint Ahead in Innovation (plus a free webcast)

ObstacleRace_iStock_000006226679-lowrezIt’s no secret that universities, research institutes, and government labs are excellent sources for innovations that can jump-start new product development. Rather than sink significant resources into starting from scratch internally, companies can leverage others’ technologies. Doing so can not only save money, but it also reduces the risk associated with the early stages of the innovation pipeline. This is often called the technology sourcing part of open innovation. What is less clear to some companies is how to make technology sourcing a reality. Below are some tips that Fuentek has developed based on a decade of helping clients… Continue reading

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Shark Tank and Beyond: Helping Researchers Pitch to Investors, Licensees, and Partners

Shark_iStock_000054215058Today you get a sneak peek at a webinar I’ll be moderating next Tuesday, July 21st to teach technology transfer offices (TTOs) how to coach researchers on speaking with potential collaborators, funders, licensees, and others. These skills also apply when the innovator is launching a startup and talking to venture capitalists (VCs)… even those featured on Shark Tank. Called “Best Practices for Coaching Researchers on Pitching to Investors, Licensees, and Partners,” this Technology Transfer Tactics webinar will focus on… Continue reading

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Open Innovation in Developing Economies: A Video Blog

Schoppe-UNH-Interview-ScreenShotLast month I had the opportunity to serve on a panel discussing the implementation of open innovation models in developing countries at the Franklin Pierce IP Center based in the law school at the University of New Hampshire. Titled “IP and Open Innovation: Challenges in Global Development,” this conference brought together a wide range of professionals, professors, and researchers with expertise in open innovation. (Thanks to Stan Kowalski for inviting me!) For my presentation, I discussed how developing economies would be well served by approaching their R&D and IP management through what we at Fuentek call Symbiotic Innovation. As I’ve blogged before, Symbiotic Innovation involves working both sides of the R&D and commercialization equation at the same time…. Continue reading

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