Category Archives: Technology Commercialization Processes

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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Technology Screening Redux: Insights from a Post-Webinar Q&A

Regular readers of Fuentek’s blog may recall that our recent webinar about how to perform efficient technology screenings included a Q&A session with the trainers 3 weeks after the initial session. Well, that Q&A session was held yesterday, and I … Continue reading

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Our Top 5 Tweets from Yesterday’s Webinar on Technology Screening

Laura Schoppe and I had a great time yesterday presenting our “Putting Your Interns to Work: A Step-by-Step Process for Technology Screenings” webinar. If you followed Fuentek’s tweets with the #techscreen hashtag, you have a reasonable sense of what we … Continue reading

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Webinar: A Step-by-Step Process for Technology Screenings: Technology Triage for TTO Professionals and Interns

Webinar A Step-by-Step Process for Technology Screenings: Technology Triage for TTO Professionals and Interns Whether your tech transfer office receives dozens of invention disclosures per month or only a handful, making the “technology triage” decision in the fastest and most … Continue reading

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Do TTOs Consider Market Potential When Patenting Innovations? Poll Results Show “Yes”

Ask anyone who works in intellectual property management and they’ll tell you: Patents ain’t cheap. (Well, some would use better grammar, but the sentiment is the same.) We’re talking $20K for a U.S. filing alone, and that doesn’t include the … Continue reading

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Poll Results Are In! Can the Patenting Decision Be Made Faster?

Having obtained some interesting information in our social media survey last month, Fuentek has started conducting online polls. And the results for our first poll are in! The question was: How long does it take from the time you receive … Continue reading

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Considering the “Why?” of Interns and Technology Screenings

Last week, I was talking with a tech transfer professional about our webinar to train interns on performing technology screenings. And the question came up: Why interns? Shouldn’t technology managers screen technologies? I can understand why he asked. Given the … Continue reading

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The Value of Technology Screenings: Let’s Do the Math

Editor’s note: For more on this topic, see the blog post “Screening Techs Before Patenting Pays Off: Running the Numbers“ Several recent posts on the Fuentek blog have talked about having interns perform technology screenings. You probably also noticed that … Continue reading

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Screening: Is the Technology Fit for Commercialization?

RedStool-Straight_IMG_0029-900pxEffectively managing intellectual property (IP) requires being selective about where to direct your limited resources. Not every technology can (or should) go to market. So how do you determine which innovations are poised for commercialization success and which have low-potential and should be released/abandoned? For the most efficient use of resources, the best practice is to start with a technology screening. Today we’ll consider what that involves. Triage First to Check for Red Flags When a technology first comes into the office — usually in the form of an invention disclosure — there is the preliminary step of confirming that the technology doesn’t have any major show-stoppers. Before investing any resources in screening the technology… Continue reading

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Ted.com Video Offers Interesting Way of Explaining Tech Transfer Through New Materials

A video lecture on the popular site Ted.com recently caught my attention as an interesting and entertaining way of explaining the big idea behind most tech transfer efforts. In the video, Zach Kaplan and Keith Schacht, co-founders of Inventables, a … Continue reading

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