Tag Archives: University/Government Licensing-Key Insights

Conversations with DoD & the White House on Federal Tech Transfer Initiatives

Last week I gave a presentation at a tech transfer workshop for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). This workshop was well timed, given President Obama’s recent memorandum announcing a new directive requiring all federal research labs to bolster and streamline technology transfer efforts to increase the likelihood and efficiency of getting research results to market. Attendees at the DoD meeting discussed the memo as well as possible solutions, as each agency has been tasked with presenting a plan back to the President on how they will achieve his goals. Possible solutions have been at the top of my mind recently as well…. Continue reading

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Bringing Universities and Corporations to SRA Negotiations with a Letter of Intent

Recent experience with a Sponsored Research Agreement (SRA) has underscored the potential miscommunication that often keeps universities and corporations from peacefully coming to successful negotiations. So, I’d like to take some time to weed through what each party can (and cannot do) and why, in an effort to clear up some misconceptions and potential frustrations. Continue reading

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License Programs Targeted at Startups: We Can (and Must) Do Better

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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DOE’s New Option to License Program – Not an Express License, but Still Valuable

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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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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Professor Start-Ups: Hedging Your Bets with a Hybrid License

A discussion on the Techno-L forum reminded me of an answer Fuentek came up with a few years ago to the question most commonly facing university offices of technology management (OTMs): What do you do when professors-inventors want to form … Continue reading

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