Category Archives: Technology Sourcing

Collaborating with Universities/Government Labs: Free IRI “Brown Bag” Webinar

Register for IRI webinarThis Friday, March 4th at noon EST, the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) is focusing its 1-hour “Brown Bag” webinar on Collaborating with Universities and Government Labs. This is a great opportunity for companies to gain tips and useful resources for navigating the partnerships between industry and research institutions. And you don’t have to be a member of IRI to attend Friday’s webinar – it’s open to all. I’m pleased to be a panelist for this interactive, web-based discussion along with Dr. Richard Chylla of Michigan State University. Rich and I co-authored an article published in IRI’s bimonthly journal Research–Technology Management on this very topic. Our conversation on Friday will focus on how to pursue collaborations with academic and government organizations… 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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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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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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How-To Tips for Corporate Licensing Officers Looking for University/Government Technologies

Laura Schoppe's article "Cutting-Edge Tech: A How-To Guide for Corporate Licensing Officers" appeared in issue 67 of IAM magazineUniversities and government labs — especially in the United States — are keen to transfer technologies into commercial ventures. It can be tough, but not impossible, for corporates to engage with those organisations and find those innovations. So begins an article I was asked to write for Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) magazine. Entitled “Cutting-Edge Tech: A How-To Guide for Corporate Licensing Officers,” this article is now available for downloading from our In-Depth Insights page. Thanks, IAM, for granting reprint permission.Continue reading

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Change the IRS’s “Private Use in Bonded Facilities” Regulation

IRS_iStock_000017797441SmallI wish to offer an answer to the RFI’s third Overarching Question: What specific actions can the Federal Government take to build and sustain U.S. strengths including its entrepreneurial culture, flexible labor markets, world-class research universities, strong regional innovation ecosystems, and large share of global venture capital investment? My answer: Change Section 6.02 of Revenue Procedure 2007-47 (from IRB 2007-29 issued on July 16, 2007) regarding corporate-sponsored research so as to better ensure that such innovative R&D occurs in U.S. universities rather than overseas. This change can serve as a no-cost solution that can have a positive impact on local/regional economies without creating a financial burden on the federal government or on U.S. taxpayers. Continue reading

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Universities’ Shifting View of IP in SRAs

Laura's fellow panelists (l to r): Kevin Wozniak, Holly Meadows, and Carla Lema TomeLast week I was invited to participate on a panel at the 2014 AUTM® national meeting. The focus: How university technology transfer offices (TTOs) are shifting their view of intellectual property (IP) terms when securing R&D funding through sponsored research agreements (SRAs). My fellow panelists and I discussed the current models at various universities. Here’s an overview. Continue reading

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AUTM Annual Meeting: 6 Networking Tips for Industry and TTOs

Preparation ChecklistThanks to the proactive efforts by AUTM® the past few years, the national meeting will have significant industry representation, including key new participants from outside the life sciences such as Samsung and Raytheon. This provides an ideal opportunity for university technology transfer offices (TTOs) and high-tech companies to lay the groundwork for establishing mutually beneficial collaborations and licenses. To make the most of your time at the AUTM meeting, I recommend taking these six actions right away. Continue reading

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Navigating the Nuances of Complex Collaborative University-Industry Partnerships: Key Best Practices

iStock_000016133531XSmallOver the past several years, I have noticed an emerging trend in university-industry partnerships, and it has begun to create new challenges for technology transfer professionals. Companies are beginning to forge ever more complex collaborations with universities and university consortia while relying less often on the more standard agreements, such as sponsored research agreements (SRAs) and material transfer agreements (MTAs). These collaborations may…. Continue reading

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In Defense of Passive Marketing in Tech Transfer: Technology Listings

Earlier this month, I was invited to a university tech transfer office (TTO) to discuss ways to get the word out about licensing opportunities. The invitation also was driven by recent changes in the tech transfer industry — specifically, the AUTM® Global Technology Portal (GTP), which allows free posting of tech listings by AUTM members and free searching by all. (Quick definition: A listing is a description of a technology and its possible commercial applications.) With the launch of the GTP, TTOs have another important arrow in their marketing quiver. That’s because this type of passive marketing tool is as essential to TTOs as the active efforts of making phone calls, meeting with prospects at industry conferences, and the like. Continue reading

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