Author Archives: Laura Schoppe

Streamlined/Low-Cost Licensing: Making Sure Faster and Cheaper Are Better

Sealing the deal with time to spareI read with interest two recent news stories about technology transfer offices (TTOs) looking to increase licensing deals by addressing two oft-cited barriers: high costs and long negotiation times. The logic: Offering intellectual property (IP) at a super low cost (or even for free) and/or through non-negotiation, ready-to-sign license agreements will result in more technologies getting to market faster. These types of programs have been around for a bit (see my prior posts about free IP and ready-to-sign licenses) and the trend seems to be growing. So let’s look at the two recent examples and consider how to make these types of programs successful. Continue reading

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Worth Reading: Licensing Data, More Centralizing, Biotech Ties, Creative Marketing, and a Remembrance

Online reading of technology transfer newsIt’s time for another post about articles and other tidbits we’ve read that we think you should read too. Feel free to share your thoughts about these items or tell us about your favorite tech transfer stories. Post a comment below or email us via our Contact Us page. Continue reading

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Survey Says… Free Agency Procedures Are Already in Place

This summer, the technology transfer office (TTO) at Vanderbilt University conducted an informal survey of members of the AUTM® directors online discussion group on TTO policies and practices regarding returning rights to inventors. I found the results from the 84 respondents intriguing, as should advocates for free agency in tech transfer (including sponsors of the current Startup Act legislation). That’s because this survey showed that the essence of free agency — that is, giving innovators the right to pursue commercialization of their technology — is already in place… and the innovators are not pursuing it. Let’s look at the data. Continue reading

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Tactical Tools for Marketing Strategies: A Tech Transfer Webcast

The mechanisms that technology transfer offices (TTOs) use to market technologies should vary depending on the technology and licensing prospects, as well as the time and resources you have allotted to the effort. Nowadays, a wealth of marketing tools is available. Fuentek typically recommends mixing and matching a combination of mechanisms to reach a target audience and market technologies successfully. For starters,… Continue reading

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Getting Their Tech Transfer Act Together: Examples Abound around the World

There’s a trend that seems to be on the rise around the world, and it’s worth thinking about where you live. It has to do with the centralizing or consolidating of technology transfer functions across universities.

We’ve explored the topic of TTO centralization on this blog before, and we have a free white paper with best practices on centralizing/consolidating TTOs. But the impressive thing about what’s happening lately is the extent to which the coordination is happening across institutions. Continue reading

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Worth Reading… and Listening and Watching and Responding To

Online reading of technology transfer newsAlthough it’s hard to put down the latest summer best-seller, technology transfer professionals might consider doing so in favor of these recent items. A few of these might generate some strong reactions — I hope so, anyway! Join the discussion by adding a comment below. Continue reading

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Proactively and Strategically Managing Innovation (or Tips for Avoiding the Tech Transfer Chasm): A Free Webcast

A free webinar on proactively and strategically managing innovationThere’s a big difference between how research organizations and private corporations communicate and think about technology transfer. Research organizations tend to focus on how to manage and share their intellectual property (IP). Technologies are often embryonic, development moves at a deliberate pace, and the focus isn’t so much on developing a product as on developing the next innovation. For industry, IP has to serve a purpose and advance the bottom line, whether it’s creating new revenue sources, improving net profits, or moving products quickly into the marketplace. Research organizations that act proactively can… Continue reading

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Startup Act 2.0: Free Agency’s Still There, Still a Problem

On May 22nd, Startup Act 2.0 was introduced. This is a revised version of legislation proposed last December that contained questionable provisions to allow university professors to choose their own agents to help transfer their technology rather than be tied to their home university’s technology transfer office (TTO)—the so-called free agency provision. I dug into the new legislation, comparing it to the original wording, to figure out exactly what’s changed (besides the fact that the accelerated commercialization of research provisions are now part of Section 8 rather than 7). Here’s what I figured out. Continue reading

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Worth Reading: New Reports, Congressional Testimony

Online reading of technology transfer newsThree items in the news during the past few days have caught my attention, and I think you should give them yours. They are a report released June 14th by the National Research Council of the National Academies (NRC), a June 19th Congressional hearing on creative approaches to the Bayh-Dole Act, and a report issued June 20th measuring the economic impact of inventions developed at U.S. universities and nonprofit organizations. (Whew, that’s a busy week!) Continue reading

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When Marketing Techs on LinkedIn, Find the Right Group

LinkedInWe recently received a question through our Contact Us page from a tech transfer professional in Scandinavia looking to make LinkedIn an active part of his TTO’s activities. The inquiry concerned whether TTOs are posting technologies on LinkedIn, not merely pointing to the TTO’s own website. I figured my answer might be useful to our blog readers, so I’m sharing it here today. Continue reading

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