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SAVE THE DATE: AUTM Partnering Forum — Communication Technologies
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Join AUTM at the Georgia Tech Global Learning Center for a comprehensive discussion on the challenges and opportunities in the communication technologies sectors.

The meeting features a reverse showcase of presentations from industry partners, including highlights of technological areas of interest and best methods for working with aerospace partners. Attendees will also have an opportunity to introduce their institution and showcase their available technologies in the exhibit area.

Short panel sessions and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one networking with industry partners round out the event.

Click here to view the list of Universities attending and Industry Partners invited (as of April 30)

Aug. 11-12
Hosted by Georgia Institute of Technology/Georgia Tech Research Corporation
Atlanta, Georgia USA

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Commentary: The Innovation Act is Bad News for America's Patent System
IPWatchdog
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur , who represents Ohio's Ninth Congressional District, is currently serving her sixteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. Kaptur's office has prepared the included information to help educate the American people and fellow colleagues in Congress about H.R. 9, the Innovation Act.
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Texas May Give Tax Breaks to Companies That Work with
Universities, Doctors

Austin Business Journal
The House has passed a bill that would allow universities and health care institutions across Texas to partner with industry leaders willing to create for-profit special purpose corporations to take research to market.
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Commentary: US, China Launch High Risk Experiments in Innovation
IPWatchdog
Columnist Joseph Allen writes: "It's funny how seemingly unconnected things come together sometimes. A recent example for me was being interviewed by China Central TV on the Bayh-Dole Act a couple of days after stumbling on an article on the attempt by their government to foster innovation while cracking down on political dissent. While it's easy for us to look askance at that proposition, we may be about to launch an equally quixotic experiment of our own: seeing if American innovation can survive the undermining of our patent system."
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North Carolina Biotech Center Awards $2.4 Million in
Grants, Loans Across State

WRAL TechWire
The North Carolina Biotechnology Center awarded 33 loans and grants totaling $2,422,130 to companies, universities and other organizations across the state during the third quarter of its 2014-2015 fiscal year ending March 31. The awards programs support life science research, entrepreneurship and technology commercialization, and lay the groundwork for major add-on funding.
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Michigan's University Research Corridor Contributes $16.8 Billion to Michigan Economy
Michigan State University
Michigan's University Research Corridor (URC) remains competitive with the nation's top university research clusters, contributing $16.8 billion to Michigan’s economy according to the 8th Annual Economic Impact and Benchmark Report. The URC, an alliance of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, focuses on increasing economic prosperity and connecting Michigan to the world.
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Wisconsin-Madison Accelerator D2P Poised to Hatch First Few Companies
Xconomy
Discovery to Product, an experimental accelerator launched on University of Wisconsin-Madison's campus last year, is starting to churn out its first few companies, organizers say. The program, dubbed D2P, is charged with shepherding promising ideas born on campus to the point of licensing the technology or forming a company that has a good shot at snagging investment money.
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AUTM NEWS


Registration Now Open: AUTM Central Region Meeting
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What event is instrumental to your success? Find great insights, make valuable contacts and exchange new ideas at the AUTM 2015 Central Region Meeting

Join more than 200 leaders in academic research and technology transfer for three days of thought-provoking speakers, workshops, and networking in the Music City.

July 20-22
Hilton Nashville Downtown
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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Advocacy Update: House Moves Ahead on Demand Letters; Senate May Introduce Patent Legislation
AUTM
As the patent issue continues to percolate in Washington, the House Energy and Commerce Committee plans to act on a bill focused on reining in unfair demand letters.

The TROL Act is expected to be marked up by the full committee this week. The legislation would require additional information to be included in demand letters, but would also provide federal preemption over the rapidly expanding number of state demand letter laws. The higher education community generally supports this legislation.

Meanwhile, the Senate Judiciary Committee is looking to unveil their version of the patent litigation legislation. Negotiations have focused on improving the bill over its House counterpart, H.R. 9, which is unacceptable to higher education and other patent holder communities.

No word yet on when the House Judiciary Committee will attempt to mark up H.R. 9, but it appears unlikely before mid-May. For more information on policy and legislative issues, visit AUTM's advocacy resources.

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Register Today for BIO 2015
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The largest, most influential biotech meeting in the world is coming to Philadelphia June 15-18, offering powerful business partnering, invaluable education sessions and networking with 15,000 of the industry's best and brightest.

BIO Business Development Courses are co-located at the convention and taught by experienced business development professionals from leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology firms, and experts from the fields of law and public relations. Register for BIO 2015 here.

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Do You Want a Better AUTM Website?
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Have you ever wanted to change AUTM's website so you could access information more quickly and intuitively? We want to hear from you!

AUTM recently launched www.autmvisitors.net to educate external audiences on the contributions of technology transfer professionals to bring research to life and make the world a better place. Now we're redesigning www.autm.net to more efficiently deliver information to AUTM members and customers.

Tell us how you would like AUTM's information organized by following this card sorting link. It only takes 15 minutes, and the menu will walk you through the process.

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Registration Now Open: AUTM Aerospace Technologies Partnering Forum
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Join AUTM at Wichita State University for an in-depth discussion of the challenges and opportunities in the aerospace technology sector.

The meeting features a reverse showcase of presentations from industry partners, including highlights of technological areas of interest and best methods for working with aerospace partners. Attendees will also have an opportunity to introduce their institution and showcase their available technologies in the exhibit area.

Short panel sessions and plenty of opportunities for one-on-one networking with industry partners round out the event.

Click here to view the list of universities attending and Industry Partners invited (as of April 30)

June 9-10
Hosted by Wichita State University
Wichita, Kansas, USA

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Better World Project Video (Formerly Put a Face On It)
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Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh developed an artificial lung device that provides respiratory support to people with acute breathing problems — filtering out harmful carbon dioxide and delivering healthy oxygen directly to the patient’s blood, allowing the lungs to rest and heal. View the video here.

Meanwhile, a researcher at the University at Buffalo is blending old-fashioned learning with state-of-the-art technology to offer teachers disruptive and innovative new teaching methods. Read more in "Portal Infuses Technology Into K-12 Classrooms."

Then, take a minute to enter a technology from your institution for a chance to be one of the Featured Stories. Or, apply for a matching grant to help you put a face on technology transfer with a Better World Project video (formerly Put a Face on It). Click here to learn more.

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Registration Now Open: AUTM Successful Practices in Small Technology
Transfer Offices

AUTM
Held in conjunction with AUTM's 2015 Central Region Meeting, the Small Office Course is designed specifically for technology transfer professionals working in small offices. This course will be beneficial to those with an interest in starting a new technology transfer office or who already have an existing small office and would like to grow existing efforts dramatically.

July 21-22
The Hilton Nashville Downtown
Nashville, Tennessee, USA

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Registration Now Open: AUTM Partnering Forum — Animal Health &
Nutrition Technologies

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Join AUTM for a comprehensive discussion on the challenges and opportunities in the animal health and nutrition sectors. Industry partners will showcase technological areas of interest and discuss how to best work with their companies. Short panel sessions of technology transfer topics relevant to the animal health and related industries and plenty of opportunities for networking round out the event.

This event is timed and located with the KC Animal Health Corridor Events and will immediately follow the Animal Health Investment Forum.

Click here to view the list of Universities attending and Industry Partners invited (as of April 30)

Sept. 1-2
Hosted by Kansas State University and Auburn University
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
Kansas City, Missouri

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SAVE THE DATE: 2015 Technology Operations and Organization Licensing Skills Course (TOOLS)
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AUTM's TOOLS Course provides a fundamental understanding of technology transfer and the patent and licensing processes. The critical issues of compliance and using iEdison will be explored, along with finding efficient ways to manage and utilize large volumes of information and data.

Technology Operations and Organization Licensing Skills Course (TOOLS)
Oct. 5-7
The Westin Seattle
Seattle, Washington, USA

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SAVE THE DATE: 2015 Essentials of Academic Technology Transfer Course
AUTM
AUTM's Essentials Course brings participants to a common understanding of the fundamental goals and processes of academic technology transfer. The course builds skills and resources necessary to function effectively at evaluating inventions and negotiating license agreements.

AUTM 2015 Essentials of Academic Technology Transfer Course
October 5-7
The Westin Seattle
Seattle, Washington, USA

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AUTM Webinars
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AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members.

May 13
Marketing: The Value Proposition Is the Key!
Explores how to identify and effectively communicate the value of marketing proposition. Learn how to differentiate between features, benefits and how to incorporate both clear and concise statements that will help you communicate more effectively with potential licensees.

May 27
Words of Wisdom for Negotiating Non-Standard Material Transfer Agreements
An overview of the most heavily negotiated terms typically found in industry-to-university MTAs. Presenters will discuss expectation management, prolonged negotiations and how to overcome challenging MTAs as a barrier or delay to research.

June 2
Zen and the Art of Invention Reporting
Learn about the basics of invention reporting, using the iEdison portal as a reporting tool and the many contributions of Bayh-Dole.

June 16
Patenting 101
Learn what to expect when receiving incoming industry material transfer agreements and suggested approaches to successful negotiations of terms. Presenters will give examples of effective solutions and alternatives for heavily-negotiated terms, as well as an overview of the U.S. patenting process and what it takes to maintain a U.S. patent once it has issued.

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PRESS RELEASES

TLA to Honor Innovation, Impact
(University of Arizona)

Celgene Inks $30 Million Plus Antibody Collaboration with Startup
(Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News)

PUC to Open Commercialization and Manufacturing Excellence Center
(The Times of Northwest Indiana)



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