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The Patent Wars Begin Over Graphene, a Material That's About to Change Our Lives
Business Insider
There is a substance that is about to change our lives: in some ways perceptibly, and in others hidden from view, but nonetheless profound in application and implication for future technology based products. The substance is graphene, a single layer of carbon atoms, laid out in a honeycomb structure that is the thinnest, and yet one of the strongest, substance in use at the nanotechnology level.
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New Technology Could Engineer the Perfect Baseball Swing
Mashable
What if a baseball coach could truly determine what a player must do to hit the ball out of the park? New technology is underway that fuses physics and real-time data to help develop the perfect swing. The University of Michigan has been working on a small device that looks at the entire three-dimensional motion of the bat as you swing, and measures reaction time, speed and control. The commercialization of the technology for baseball and software is currently in development with the university's partner Diamond Kinetics, a Pittsburgh-based startup.
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Could Your Smartphone Lower Your Electricity Bill?
National Journal
Few research organizations track energy usage as minutely — and across such a range of traditional structures and more modern green construction — as Pecan Street Inc. Headquartered at the University of Texas at Austin, it is generating information that could change the way utility companies think about pricing and distributing energy, and how consumers think about their energy use. This spring, Pecan Street is launching a commercialization lab that will give researchers, private sector companies and utilities a place to collaborate on new products.
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Germany's Technology Universities Should Be Much Bigger Engines of Innovation
Science Business
Over the past decade, entrepreneurship education has gone mainstream at Germany's leading technology universities, producing a growing number of spinouts. But the flip side of the innovation coin — licensing and patenting intellectual property — remains underdeveloped. Fierce competition among the country's top nine technology universities to collaborate with big industrial companies in R&D allows the companies to play one university off the other, driving bids downward in a negative spiral.
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Samsung, Sony Eye Life-Sci's Higher Growth as Consumer Electronics Sales Flatten
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Sony DADC, the Japanese giant's discs and digital unit, said it will use its manufacturing prowess to create Organs-on-a-Chip with the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. The "organs" are actually clear, flexible polymer-encased devices about the size of a computer memory stick, containing hollow microfluidic channels lined by living human cells of a given organ. The technology has been funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), NIH and FDA.
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Let's Judge Patent Rights by Harm to the Public — Not to Inventors
Wired
Instead of basing remedies for infringement entirely on harm to the patentee, we could decide to award remedies only if the infringement also harms the public. That way, if the defendant's infringement makes the public better off — as it routinely does in software — the court would deny the patentee both money damages and injunctive relief.
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How Oregon-made Technology Could Save Electric Ratepayers Millions
Sustainable Business Oregon
The Oregon Built Environment & Sustainable Technologies Center has awarded money to researchers who developed a window coating that cuts heat transfer through the glass. The $150,000 award was presented to CSD Nano, Portland's Indow Windows, Oregon State University, the University of Oregon and two Oregon BEST research labs. The money is part of $1 million in Oregon BEST's commercialization grants to boost clean technologies developed by universities and private businesses.
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Write a Grant Proposal, Start a Company, Create Your Own Job
The Chronicle of Higher Education
If you are a graduate student or a postdoctoral fellow working on a project that has potential commercial value, consider turning the project into your first job. How? First, disclose your idea to your university's technology transfer office. The personnel there can help you determine whether your idea has merit, and whether it can be protected by patents, trademarks or copyright.
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A Solution to Antibiotic-resistant Bacteria
R&D Magazine
Technology developed by Purdue University researchers and commercialized through a Purdue Research Park-based firm could be effective against the increased number of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria in the world.

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Getting Your Innovation Story to Journalists Who Care
IP Watchdog
Detractors want to change the technology transfer system regardless of how wildly successful it has been. What's more disturbing is that many want to change it back to the way it was before Bayh-Dole was enacted in 1980.

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Jeopardizing US Drug Development
IPWatchdog
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., believes if a company commercializes a new drug whose development is in some way related to a cooperative R&D agreement it had at one time with NIH, that the government can then insure "a reasonable relationship between the pricing of a licensed product, the public investment in that product and the health and safety needs of the public."

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Advocacy Alert: Tell Sen. Wyden That Taxpayers Already Receive a Return on Investment
AUTM
In a recent letter to NIH Director Dr. Francis S. Collins, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has implored the NIH to reconsider its policies to require consideration of the public interest in the pricing of drugs developed under NIH collaborative research and development agreements (CRADA) with industry. Read AUTM President Sean Flanigan's blog on the subject here.

AUTM is urging members to meet with their federal relations colleagues and write to Sen. Wyden. Send your own letter, or customize this template letter.

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AUTM Licensing Activity Survey: FY 2012
AUTM
Data collection is underway for the AUTM Licensing Activity Survey: FY2012. Compiled annually since 1991, the survey includes quantitative data and real-world examples about licensing activities at U.S. and Canadian universities, hospitals and research institutions. All U.S. and Canadian academic institutions are encouraged to participate.

This year's survey report will be available free of charge to survey participants, and survey participants will have free access for one year (2014) to the Statistics Access for Tech Transfer (STATT) database. When the AUTM Licensing Activity Survey: FY2012 is published, members whose institutions did not contribute information to the survey will incur a charge to access the survey report and the STATT database.

Data collection for the FY2012 survey will conclude on April 25. If your institution has not received an invitation to participate, and would like to become a part of this valuable resource, contact the survey administrator.

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    Jeopardizing US Drug Development (IPWatchdog)
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Patent Bonanza is Bad for Business (CBS News)
New Discovery May Let Scientists Make Fuel From CO2 (University of Georgia via PhysOrg)

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AUTM/NCET2 Supplemental Startup Survey: FY 2012
AUTM
For the second consecutive year, AUTM is partnering with the National Council for Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) to conduct a Supplemental Startup Survey that quantifies the economic impact of technology transfer. The survey asks members to report the identities of their 2012 startups and basic information on the technologies that they licensed. The output from the AUTM-NCET2 project is an interactive map showing the location of the startups, filterable by year and originating institution.

Data collection for the Supplemental Startup Survey: FY2012 is underway and concludes on April 25. You must participate in the survey to have your institution represented on the map. If you would like more information on how to participate, please contact the survey administrator.

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AUTM Professional Development Webinars provide year-round education for technology transfer students and professionals.

Upcoming Webinars:
April 26, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
Introduction to Chinese Law and Patent Enforcement

May 30, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
Social Media Training: How to Effectively Implement & Evaluate Your Social Media Strategy

June 6, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
U.S. Patent Application Process — From Start to Finish

June 18, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
Small Technology Transfer Offices: Making a Little Go a Long Way

Aug. 21, Noon-1:30 p.m. EDT
Negotiation of License Agreements

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PRESS RELEASES


MIT Offers Students Chance to Create Business Ventures Based on Neurotech Research
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Light May Recast Copper as Chemical Industry 'Holy Grail'
(University of Michigan)

Researchers Create an Ultrathin Invisibility Cloak
(University of Texas)

 

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