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Effective and Efficient TTO in a Post-COVID World

This webinar will be recorded live on December 16, 2020. The recording will be available within 30 days of the event date. You may pre-order the recording here.

2020 has been a challenging year. Tech transfer offices have faced unique challenges courtesy the pandemic crisis. In this session, we will share tips and best practices for managing effective tech transfer offices and licensing programs in a post-COVID world. Join this conversation for lessons learned from academic, industry and consulting perspectives.

December 16, 2020

Protecting Trade Secrets Disclosed to the FDA

This webinar will be recorded live on November 4, 2020. The recording will be available within 30 days of the event date. You may pre-order the recording here.

There are advantages and disadvantages of keeping your research tools and methods for producing biological and pharmaceutical materials a trade secret. Recently, the FDA Commissioner considered a plan for increased transparency, which may destroy the required confidentiality to maintain a trade secret. We will provide a short primer on trade secret law including the Uniform Trade Secrets Act and the Defense of Trade Secrets Act, and lead a discussion on policies and procedures to protect the trade secrets disclosed to the FDA.

November 04, 2020

AI and Precision Medicine: IP and Licensing Opportunities

This webinar will be recorded live on October 29, 2020. The recording will be available within 30 days of the event date. You may pre-order the recording here.

Increasingly, artificial intelligence (AI) is being applied in the medical field. From disease-specific diagnostics to patient-precise surgery and therapeutics, the AI architecture employs analytical software and patient-based training data. In this session, we'll discuss how universities, especially those affiliated with a medical school or research hospital, may be uniquely suited to license training data separately from analytical software. Collaborating universities and affiliates may pool their training data, resulting in a data collection that is in high demand by industry and new licensing opportunities.

October 29, 2020

Academic Institutions Also Have Secrets

This webinar will be recorded live on October 20, 2020. The recording will be available within 30 days of the event date. You may pre-order the recording here.

Trade secrets can be an institution's most valuable and prolonged assets. However, maintaining trade secrets in academic institutions can be challenging because trade secret protection requires secrecy, while academic institutions generally advocate publication and open collaboration. Furthermore, determining whether trade secret protection is appropriate in academic institutions can be complex. This session will shed light on these challenges by covering the basics of trade secrets, guidelines for choosing between patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets to protect inventions derived from academic institutions, and steps that academic institutions must take to protect trade secrets.

October 20, 2020

University Tech Partnerships with DOE

It may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Department of Energy (DOE), but the DOE is a leader in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, workforce development, and higher education partnerships. In this session, we'll discuss some of the opportunities that exist for institutions of higher learning to collaborate with the DOE. The panel will share success stories and the myriad STEM program offerings available at the DOE and in partnership with DOE laboratories. We will also highlight the benefits of collaboration with the DOE and some of the current workforce development efforts.

October 14, 2020

Software Licensing: Not Your Traditional University Deal

In this session, we'll focus on some of the unique terms in licenses for software, particularly in contrast to those found in biotechnology and pharmaceutical transactions, which are common for universities. We will include a discussion on the intellectual property rights that apply to software and how they can affect the rights granted, among other aspects of the license agreement. We will also highlight how most software is created, including the frequent use of Open Source Software, which impacts due diligence by licensees and the terms they expect to see in a license agreement.

October 08, 2020

Be a Pitching Coach: Teaching Researchers How to Communicate

Researchers know their technology better than anyone. This means they can be a technology transfer office's (TTO) greatest asset when pitching to prospective licensees and partners. Ironically, it also means they can be (shall we say) a bit of a liability in marketing interactions. This session will help TTOs give researchers the skills and insights they need to stay on the asset side of the technology marketing balance sheet. You will come away with helpful tools you can use immediately, including effective coaching techniques, how to prepare for specific licensing targets, and recommendations for training frequency and follow-up.

September 23, 2020

Negotiating IP With Foundation Grant-Makers

Nonprofit foundations and charities can be a critical source of research support. Increasingly, foundations are taking a more assertive approach to managing the intellectual property (IP) that arises from funded projects. How can technology transfer professionals navigate these changing and challenging expectations from foundation grant-makers? Panel topics will include understanding the foundation-side rationale and their interest in more extensive IP management, strategies for negotiating IP language with foundations, and avoiding conflict between the tech transfer office and other academic stakeholders. You'll take away a host of best practices for negotiating with foundations.

September 16, 2020

Top 10 Court Decisions of the Year that Affect Licensing

In this session, we will identify and discuss the "Top 10" court decisions in the past 12 months that affect licensing. We will discuss each case and its impact on how we draft and negotiate patent license agreements. You will learn about cases that addressed:

- the scope of arbitration clauses and who decides that scope;
- whether licensees can be required to pay royalties during the time they are challenging patent validity in the courts;
- the interpretation of "Entire Agreement," "Termination," and "Forum Selection" clauses;
- whether exlusive licensees have standing to enforce the license patents; and
- other issues you should consider when drafting and negotiating patent license agreements.

August 26, 2020

Plant Variety Protection for Sexually Propagated, Tuber Prop

This webinar will be recorded live on August 5, 2020. The recording will be available within 30 days of the event date. You may pre-order the recording here.
The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Section 10108) recently amended the Plant Variety Protection Act to include protection of asexually reproduced varieties. This webinar will give an overview of the US Department of Agriculture Plant Variety Protection Office (PVPO) and describe the application, examination, and certificate issuance processes for sexually propagated, tuber propagated and asexually reproduced varieties The webinar will also explain how to register for, and use, the PVPO electronic application system (ePVP) - an application management system that provides a seamless interface between customers and PVPO, from application submission and amendment, fee payment, application examination, to correspondence with PVPO staff. PVPO's relationship with the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) will be discussed including clarification and guidance for submitting a complete application, and the PVPO process of examining Distinctness, Uniformity, and Stability.

August 05, 2020
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