Category Archives: Licensing and Deal Making

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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Thoughts on the Quick Deal versus the Strategic Play… Or, When the Bird in the Hand Is NOT Worth Two in the Bush

I’ve been thinking recently about deals. Well, obviously, we’re almost always thinking about deals! But specifically, I’ve been thinking about those deals that seem to fall into your lap. The bird-in-the-hand deals certainly can save time and marketing resources. And sometimes they make sense given the specifics of the technology, as we’ve blogged about previously. But sometimes the quick deal that seems to make sense at first blush is not the way to go. Continue reading

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Using a Two-Step Application Process to Help Qualify Licensing Prospects

Updated April 2016 We’ve talked quite a bit about Fuentek’s philosophy of a phased, step-by-step approach to many aspects of technology commercialization. Case in point: we begin by screening whether a technology is fit for commercialization before ramping up for marketing. … Continue reading

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Perception Is Reality When Negotiating a Deal

We know that not all technology transfer deals are created equal. And in some cases, the estimated value of a deal can appear to be so low that it’s not worth going after. So how do you know when to abandon the negotiation and when to push for a more lucrative deal? That’s the focus of this Story from the Field. A prospect was interested in licensing our client’s technology, but in the course of qualifying the prospect, Fuentek learned that the company’s rough estimates of sales would yield very little royalty revenue—approximately $3K per year. This low value was hardly worth the effort of negotiating a licensing agreement, so we saw two options… Continue reading

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Finding the Deal Worth Making: How to Qualify a Technology Licensing Prospect

Thanks to Fuentek’s social media efforts, our inbound leads for client technologies have been going up dramatically, as have the leads coming in through more traditional marketing mechanisms. I get so excited every time we generate a new lead for … 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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NASA’s Research Helps in the Fight Against Cancer

A NASA technology originally developed for the space program has evolved into a state-of-the-art medical device that increases the effectiveness of chemotherapy treatments and provides natural, drug-free pain relief for thousands of Americans. Continue reading

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FDA Allows NASA-Based Device to Be Used in Medical Imaging

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: You have to be patient when it comes to technology licensing—especially if you’re talking about commercialization of an innovation for medical use. Yesterday, in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NASA’s … Continue reading

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