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AUTM Announces Its 2012 Plans for Strategic Alliances

As vice president for strategic alliances for the Association of University Technology Managers®, I’m looking forward to the months ahead as we kick off our 2012 program plan with several initiatives designed to improve the core goals and services of AUTM® for its members.

As you may know, AUTM is a global network of more than 3,500 tech transfer professionals working in academic, research, government, and the private sector. The organization promotes active technology transfer advocacy and provides member mentorship and facilitation of knowledge transfer and partnership resources.

With strategic alliances, we aim to boost AUTM’s efforts in attracting new members to enable greater networking for the entire membership, helping members find new partnership opportunities, and helping connect tech transfer service providers and corporations with university technology transfer offices (TTOs). Our key initiatives for 2012 are as follows.

A United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) program will use webinars to enhance understanding and knowledge sharing between USPTO patent examiners and the university research and tech transfer community.

A Global Technology Portal will provide a go-to place for corporations to find university technologies available for licensing. The portal will help facilitate license agreements, collaborative research agreements, and investments or partnership arrangements for university startups.

In addition, Regional Meetings, Sponsorship Opportunities, and an increased focus on AUTM Partnering with Other Organizations round out our plan. All of these will help improve cross-collaboration among tech transfer professionals and with industry on a local and national scale.

These plans are just getting started, and I’ll have more to say about each of these initiatives soon. So, be sure to check the Fuentek blog in the next few weeks for more information about these topics.

In the meantime, if you are not already a member, now might be a good time to learn more about AUTM!

–By Laura Schoppe