You may have noticed that several universities and government labs are forming ready-to-sign patent licensing programs or other initiatives with new licensing terms. Many of these programs target startup companies, like the University of North Carolina’s Express License program or the DOE’s America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge program, which offers startups options to license patents for $1K. Continue reading

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Updated October 11, 2011 Our most recent poll asked the question: What does your TTO do with a technology once the patenting process has started: wait for the patent to issue, assess the tech’s fit in the market, or begin … Continue reading

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Imagine you were asked to take your tech transfer office’s Web site offline today. That would be crazy, right? I believe that in less than 5 years, you will feel the same way about your office’s social media presence. The … Continue reading

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Interesting news in the world of technology licensing: the Department of Energy recently announced ‘America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge’—a licensing program offering special terms to startup companies on a set of patent licenses from national labs with the goal … Continue reading

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College sports fans in the Triangle could learn a lot about healthy competition from the kids we saw at the North Carolina FIRST Robotics Competition. Embodying the concept of Gracious Professionalism™, these students helped each other despite being in a … Continue reading

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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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For technology transfer professionals getting ready for the next national meeting of the Association of University Technology Managers® (AUTM), it pays to prepare for one-on-one meetings with company representatives attending the conference. This post offers some advice that can really help you dive into these meetings with the confidence, knowledge, and ammunition you need for productive discussions. Continue reading

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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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The flow chart below merges together what Henry Chesbrough describes as the two parts of open innovation -— outside-in and inside-out. We have a several recommendations for proceeding systematically and proactively. Let’s scratch just a little bit beneath the surface of … Continue reading

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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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