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IP Commercialization Strategies: EU Perspectives

This webinar will be recorded live on September 28, 2021. The recording will be available within 30 days of the event date. You may pre-order the recording here.

This webinar will encourage collaboration between US and EU tech transfer offices by helping US professionals understand how tech transfer is performed in European countries.

Attendees will first be introduced to the regulations impacting tech transfer in the EU including the Technology Transfer Block Exemption, the European Commission's recommendation on the management of IP, and the Code of Practice through a variety of legal examples.

Once the groundwork of regulations has been reviewed, representatives from England, Italy and the Netherlands will discuss issues related to inventorship and licensing that are unique to their countries.

September 28, 2021

Why Royalty Risk Assessment & Compliance Program Makes Cents

This webinar will be recorded live on September 21, 2021. The recording will be available within 30 days of the event date. You may pre-order the recording here.

Now more than ever, there is an increased need to develop and to conduct an ongoing royalty risk assessment program of your licensee portfolio. The current and projected growth of royalty income associated with technology transfer activities, the increasing number of sources of royalty income, and the complexity associated with the terms and calculation of university and research institution royalty entitlements, are all reasons to learn risk assessment and royalty compliance strategies. This webinar will discuss both, as well as how to build a framework to assess key licensee risks.

September 14, 2021

The Top Three Practices Preventing Your Office’s Success

This webinar will be recorded live on September 8, 2021. The recording will be available within 30 days of the event date. You may pre-order the recording here.

Three practices may be preventing your Technology Transfer Office from achieving greater success rates. The session will focus on potential solutions to these top three areas by:

  • Discussing and critiquing your project management resource allocation, or, "why you never get to do as many deals as you want"
  • Understanding and developing your Innovation Community
  • Assessing alignment of TTO and institution activities, and the importance of reputation management to both.
September 08, 2021

Impact of I-Corps: A 10-Year Retrospective

Join us as we look back on the impact the I-Corps customary discovery methodology has had on the commercialization of university research. Participants will have the chance to learn from three I-Corps Program Directors who will share their personal observations and perspectives while addressing the impact of I-Corps in the last ten years.

This session will begin with a presentation on the genesis of I-Corps by looking at the founding principles that led to the formation of the NSF program. Next, participants will hear about the cooperative, interagency partnership that led to the start of the I-Corps at NIH Program. Through success stories and real life-clinical impacts, you'll discover the lasting effects of this program and understand the differences between the NSF and NIH curriculum. Finally, participants will hear the university perspective of leveraging the program. Hear the impact of entrepreneurship training and success factors for academic spinoffs and how I-Corps can be applied in other areas.

I-Corps applicants and administrators alike will benefit from attending this session. Applicants will earn how to prepare competitive proposals, understand what makes a good commercialization team and discover what universities can do to make their programs stronger and their startup teams stronger. Administrators will learn how they can successfully run sites through a discussion of what techniques have worked well, what things haven't worked as expected, and what lessons the directors have taken away pre/post-Covid.

August 05, 2021

Using US Seed Fund to Expand University Innovation Ecosystem

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) will share how America’s Seed Fund - the Small Business Innovation Research/ Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) programs - enables the transition of university-based research. Beyond the $4 billion each year of funding to startups, complementary programs enable academics and startups to translate research discoveries into innovative technologies.

SBA will share how to tap into initiatives like the Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership program and Growth Accelerator Fund Competition, as well as opportunities to inspire students to become entrepreneurs.

NIH will discuss resources available to academic and small business innovators to translate academic discoveries into commercial products that improve patient health, including the NIH’s Proof-of-Concept Network (POCN), a nationwide public-private network of 15 centers and hubs spanning more than 100 universities and colleges and offering feasibility funding and entrepreneurship training and mentorship.

July 13, 2021

Researcher Liaisons for TTOs: A Valuable Partnership

Successful technology transfer programs depend upon close collaborations between the tech transfer office (TTO) and researchers. Building and maintaining these collaborations can be challenging, particularly if an organization has many more researchers than TTO staff. To expand the reach and impact of its TTOs, the U.S. Dept. of Energy trialed a “Technology Transfer Researcher Liaison” project. The trained Liaisons served as embedded technology scouts, local subject matter experts, and TTO ambassadors. Join us at this session to hear about the lessons learned from the trial, and suggestions you can implement in your TTO to recruit liaisons, assess their impact, and replicate this program.

June 15, 2021

Best Practices for Competitive Patent Analyses and FTOs

Technology-based startups need a strong patent strategy that includes an analysis of competitive patents. But there is an inherent tension between the need for a competitive patent analysis and the startup’s limited financial resources. This webinar will focus on best practices for pursuing competitive patents, plus freedom to operate analyses that satisfy the obligations to avoid willful infringement, all while staying within the budget constraints of a startup.

To understand the legal rules as they currently stand, we will discuss the 2016 Halo ruling on willful patent infringement. We will also examine this topic from the point of view of a university technology transfer office (TTO) as a licensor of patent applications. How far should the TTO go with its Freedom to Operate analysis, and what is the TTO’s obligation to the prospective licensee? Lastly, we will suggest best practices for startups and TTOs for Freedom to Operate analyses.

June 08, 2021

Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is employed in everything from computer-generated imagery (CGI) to medical diagnoses to 3D printing. However, laws have not kept up with AI innovations. The patent laws of most countries (including the U.S.) define an "inventor" as a person, i.e., a human being.

For example, what if a synthetic entity (AI) assists an inventor or author to invent or create - or what if the synthetic entity independently creates - a painting or literature, discovers a medical breakthrough, or produces a 3D article extrapolated from rudimentary data input? Isn’t the AI an inventor or author? Can the AI itself be protected by patents or copyright? How can AI be used as a supporting tool by inventors and patent attorneys? What are the ethical and professional responsibility implications of employing AI? This presentation will define AI and examine questions that will help suggest best practices for using AI and protecting AI-related intellectual property.

June 03, 2021

Technology Transfer Fellowships: Harnessing Today's Talent

The technology transfer process of novel technologies can be complex. It requires professionals with a diverse range of qualities and skills to guide innovations further along their development pathway. In the life sciences, skilled tech transfer professionals are highly sought after; however, there is still no clear path into these tech transfer field.

Tech transfer fellowship programs provide just that. These new programs are in demand and offer a combination of education, mentorship, support and practical experience for graduates and postgraduates looking for structured routes.

In this webinar, past and present fellows from the AUTM Foundation and LifeArc-AUTM technology transfer fellowship programs, outline the value of fellows to an office or department, the benefit of such programs and provide insight into how technology transfer offices can prepare to receive a fellow graduate.

May 18, 2021

Assessing and Improving Your Office's Performance

While technology transfer has profound impacts worldwide, communicating results can be a challenge and it would be naïve to assume there's no room for improvement. But how do we demonstrate how we are doing and identify where we can improve? This session will look at several different approaches being developed outside of the traditional long time lag metrics to enable offices to critically assess their performance and identify opportunities for improvement. If you're responsible for office leadership and performance improvement or reporting, this can't miss session is for you.

April 20, 2021
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