A view of the local architecture in Downtown San Diego, California, USA, at dusk. A street view of the light posts, the skyscrapers, hotel, offices and residetial buildings in the Marina's waterfront.Fuentek’s Danielle McCulloch, Becky Stoughton, and I are packing our bags and heading to San Diego for this year’s national meeting of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM®). The annual AUTM meeting is the best place for technology transfer office (TTO) professionals to learn the latest tools and techniques for managing IP. It’s also a great place for universities and industry to network for R&D collaborations. • Tech Marketing Session Monday Morning • Visit Fuentek in Booth 304 • Connect with Us on AUTM Connect™ Continue reading

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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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Online reading of technology transfer newsAs 2015 draws to a close, we take a look back at some of the news and commentary related to innovation management, technology transfer, intellectual property protection, entrepreneurship, and the future of STEM education that held our attention this past year. Plus a few of our favorite tweets! Happy New Year! Continue reading

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LAatNCSU_2015Earlier this fall, I gave a guest lecture to the Electrical and Computer Engineering students at the North Carolina State University. Mostly my presentation focused on how to present their Senior Design Project effectively. But I also gave some career advice that I’d like to share here today. So, if you’re an undergraduate student in engineering, consider this. Continue reading

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LAatNCSU-screen_2015Keep in mind that many of the judges are shopping for employees. This is your chance to impress them. You might get a job out of it. Plus, the skills we’re talking about today are relevant for the rest of your life: getting a job or your next slug of funding, pitching projects internally, negotiating for salary/promotion. Even if you become a professor, you’ll be selling all the time as you try to get lab equipment or funding. Like it or not, you will constantly be selling for the rest of your professional life in order to advance your career. Continue reading

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RevolvingDoor_iStock_000007542909Last month, Technology Transfer Tactics ran an in-depth article on best practices for handling departing faculty researchers, post-docs, visiting researchers, and the like. As one of the sources quoted, I was pleased to see the thorough treatment this topic received, because bad things can happen if you don’t stay in front of intellectual property (IP) issues when it comes to transitioning faculty…. There was a lot of great advice in the article. Here’s my take on a few key recommendations. Continue reading

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BoyWithBinoculars_iStock_000058151110Gathering and analyzing market data may be at the heart of developing the technology transfer strategy, but its value is not limited to the go/no-go decision and planning how to move forward. There are some less obvious but extremely impactful ways that market data can be a useful tool for a tech transfer office (TTO). Here are four projects I’ve worked on recently that illustrate some of the powerful ways your TTO can make use of market data. Continue reading

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Materials-pieThe Composites and Advanced Materials Expo (CAMX) is going on this week in Dallas, and Fuentek’s Jaffer Hussein is there representing NASA and its portfolio of materials and coatings technologies. This portfolio of breakthrough innovations will benefit industrial, commercial, and residential uses and is organized on a website to make it even easier for prospective licensees to explore and locate relevant inventions. Stop by Booth ZA-128 to talk to Jaffer about the NASA technologies Continue reading

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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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ConnectedTwo weeks ago Tech Transfer Central’s eNews Blog featured a new effort by the Purdue Research Foundation to pool its resources with several related organizations — including other research centers and an entrepreneurial incubator — to increase innovation, research grant awards, and tech transfer throughout Indiana. According to the original news release, this collaboration will be managed by a board of advisers composed of local and state stakeholders as well as educational and economic partners. This struck me as a great example of the value provided by foundations that reside outside of the state university structure and own/manage the institution’s intellectual property (IP). Several state universities have implemented foundations to manage their technology transfer programs, entrepreneurship support, and more. These foundations can take advantage of greater flexibility in deal structure, reduced bureaucracy, more autonomy, and a broadening of services. For example,… Continue reading

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