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The Case for Abolishing Patents (Yes, All of Them)
The Atlantic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Critics have suggested plenty of reasonable patent reforms, from eliminating software patents to clamping down on "trolls" who buy up patent portfolios only so they can file lawsuits. But is a more radical solution needed? Would we be better off without any patents at all? That's the striking suggestion from a Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis working paper by Michele Boldrin and David Levine, professors at Washington University in St. Louis who argue that any patent system, no matter how well conceived, is bound to devolve into the kind of quagmire we're dealing with today. More

Researchers Collaborate on Inexpensive DNA Sequencing Method
Nanowerk News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Rapid, accurate genetic sequencing soon may be within reach of every doctor's office if recent research from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science is commercialized effectively. The team has demonstrated a potentially low-cost, reliable way to obtain the complete DNA sequences using a sort of molecular ticker-tape reader, potentially enabling easy detection of disease markers in a patient's DNA. More

University of Maryland, Baltimore Surgical Technology Licensed to Medical Device-based Startup    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The University of Maryland, Baltimore has licensed UMB-based laparoscopic hysterectomy technology and related patent rights to Soulor Surgical in Wyoming. Faculty inventor Vadim Morozov, M.D., believes the technology has significant potential for the development of surgical tools that could greatly simplify current laparoscopic techniques. More

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Stellenbosch University Offers Free Access to its IP
Business Day Live    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Stellenbosch University is giving companies free access to its technologies by opening up its intellectual property vault. Through its technology transfer company InnovUS, it is the first tertiary institute to try bridging a funding gap by offering its intellectual property to firms that will only have to pay for it once the innovation starts making money. More

Patent Royalty Income on the Rise for Brown
The Brown Daily Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Income earned by Brown University from patent royalties on its research increased by about 65 percent from 2011 to 2012, according to information provided by its Technology Ventures Office. The revenue growth reflects an improving economy, more deals reaching completion and "a commitment by the University and its researchers to license potential products when opportunities arise," stated Katherine Gordon, managing director of the office. More

Laundry Detergent that Creates Pollution-eating Clothing Moves Towards Commercialization
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U.K.'s University of Sheffield together with the London College of Fashion have moved to commercialize their CatClo pollution-busting laundry detergent. While the suggestion of pollution-eating clothing may sound fanciful, the development of this special liquid laundry additive is already a reality. More

One for the Road — Making Fuel from Whiskey Waste
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Scottish whiskey maker, Tullibardine, has become the world's first distillery to supply ingredients for making biofuel for vehicles from its waste products. The independent whiskey maker has linked up with Edinburgh Napier University to produce biobutanol, an advanced biofuel capable of powering vehicles fueled by petrol or being incorporated into biodiesel. More

Charter Fellows: Call for Nominations
Nominate your distinguished faculty inventors as Charter Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. NAI Fellow status is intended for outstanding faculty, at the level of National Medal winners, members of National Academies, etc. The Fellows Selection Committee includes a Nobel Laureate, two National Medal recipients, senior officials from the USPTO, AAAS, AUTM…
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Divestment in Public Research Universities Bad for Economy, says UNH Official    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
According to findings in a recent report by the National Science Board, the University of New Hampshire, one of the top 101 public research universities, fared relatively well addressing the decline of public support over the past decade. But there are concerns about UNH's financial ability to sustain further funding cuts as it moves forward with efforts to become an even stronger economic development engine for the state and region. More

The Future of Patent Reform
IPWatchdog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Manus Cooney is one of the preeminent intellectual property lobbyists in Washington, D.C. A former Chief Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, he is now a partner at American Continental Group. Acting primarily on behalf of his client, Tessera Technologies, he was intimately involved in lobbying Congress relative to the America Invents Act (AIA). More

Preserved Flowers Grow Jobs and Market Opportunities
The Better World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For purists and romantics, there is no substitute for a bouquet of roses. For the more practical-minded consumer, artificial flowers are the way to go. The new Iluba rose falls directly between the two categories: It is a real flower that has been preserved to last — without water — for up to six months. Read this story and more in The Better World Report.

University of California, Davis Chemical-Free Strategy Keeps Food Pest-Free
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Every day at mealtime, millions of people worldwide are joined by uninvited guests: namely, pathogens and other pests that reside in food. When consumed, the contamination often leads to dire consequences. The fallout wreaks economic havoc too, in the form of market-share loss, medical care, legal fees and other costs. Read this story and more in The Better World Report.

AUTM 2013 Venture Forum Business Plan Competition Accepting Applications
AUTM    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Application Deadline: Nov. 12

AUTM seeks academic and research institution-affiliated startup companies to participate in the AUTM 2013 Venture Forum Business Plan Competition, taking place March 1 during the AUTM Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. A forum for academic-affiliated startups to pitch their business opportunity to a panel of seasoned venture investors, the competition provides valuable experience and feedback to participants — plus a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize! Applications are due Monday, Nov. 12. Learn more and apply online today.

Become a Registered Technology Professional
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Application Deadline: Oct. 18

The Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP) is currently accepting applications for its registered technology transfer professional designation, the RTTP. Gain global recognition as a technology transfer expert. The deadline for application submissions is Oct. 18. Apply here. Read the latest ATTP newsletter, which includes an article by AUTM VP for Membership, Phyl Speser.

Toronto, MaRS Innovation Collaborate to Launch UTEST Software Incubator
(University of Toronto)

University of Minnesota Engineers Invent New Device That Could Increase Internet Download Speeds
(University of Minnesota)

Sound Sensors to Hear if Unique Frog has Croaked
(Queensland University of Technology)


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