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We Need Patent Reform, Not Patent Deform!
American Innovators for Patent Reform
We Americans have a love-hate relationship with patents. We can't live with them, and we can't live without them. Everybody wants to reform the patent system. After many years of contentious debate, in 2011, the America Invents Act (AIA) was signed into law. Alas, this act did not help America to invent anything — nor was it ever intended to do that.
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Call to Action: Say No to HR 3309
AUTM
This request is a call to action for those of you working in offices in the U.S. AUTM has worked closely with our higher education colleagues to express our concerns on H.R. 3309. Federal relations officers are being asked to contact members of the House ASAP to urge members to vote "no" on H.R. 3309. AUTM is asking you to review the related information on our website and ensure your federal relations officer understands the importance of the issue, and consequences should the bill pass as is.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Veteran Entrepreneur Explores New Way of Giving Back to UCLA
Upstart Business Journal
Think of the California university most closely tied to entrepreneurship, and Stanford immediately leaps to mind, or maybe the University of California at Berkeley. Michael Silton is looking to add UCLA to that list, and he's come up with a unique way of funding that effort. Silton has come up with a way for young entrepreneurs to give back to UCLA at the same time they take advantage of the university's venture fund — give stock in startups.
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New Mexico Regents Considering $13 Million in High-Tech Hub
The Associated Press via Miami Herald
An effort to establish a high-tech research and development center in downtown Albuquerque could get an infusion of cash depending on what the University of New Mexico's Board of Regents decides. The board plans on reviewing proposals to invest $13 million in the Innovate ABQ initiative. It is modeled on a similar technology jobs "ecosystem" around the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla.
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  NAI Conference March 6-7, 2014

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Improving Energy Conversion Processes
University of Alabama via Phys.org
Renewable energy sources such as wind-powered generators can be more reliable and efficient by better controlling the process of getting electricity onto the power grid, according to a United States patent based on research by an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at The University of Alabama.
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CDRD to Tackle Bladder Cancer
Global University Venturing
The Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD) has launched Sitka Biopharma, a spinout looking to commercialize bladder cancer treatment. The new company was launched through the CDRD's tech transfer unit, CDRD Ventures, and utilizes research emerged through a collaboration between the organization and the University of British Columbia.
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Texas Higher Education Leaders Share Sequestration Concerns
The Texas Tribune
In a letter sent to the Texas congressional delegation, five public university system chancellors, three private university presidents and one public university president shared their concerns about the effects of automatic federal spending cuts — known as sequestration — on university research and education in the state.
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AUTM NEWS


AUTM Membership Renewal
AUTM
It's time to reiterate your commitment to lifelong learning and confirm your affiliation with the world's premier academic technology transfer community by renewing your AUTM membership for 2014. If you're planning to attend the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting, Feb. 19-22, in San Francisco, CA, your membership discount for this meeting alone will more than offset the cost of your membership. There are plenty of other membership features and benefits, too. Read about them here.

For more information, contact AUTM headquarters at info@autm.net or 1-847-559-0846.

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AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting: Early Registration Deadline Dec. 18
AUTM
It's time to register for the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting, being held Feb. 19–22, 2014, in San Francisco, CA, USA. And if you do so by the Dec. 18 deadline, you'll save $75.

The AUTM Annual Meeting is the largest in-person gathering of academic technology transfer professionals. No other meeting offers this level of access to hundreds of decision makers for one low registration fee. Attendance is open to everyone.

Register online now. Accommodations & travel information. Detailed program.

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AUTM's 40th Anniversary Celebration
AUTM
AUTM celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2014, and we'll kick off the yearlong celebration at the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting. While there will be some nods to the past, the celebration will be very forward thinking, and AUTM needs YOUR help!

The Next 40 Years in Technology Transfer: So much has happened in the last 40 years. What do you think will happen in the next 40 years? Submit your ideas for what the future holds. Members will vote on their favorite!

Help Us Identify 40 University Innovations Worth Celebrating: Identify the innovations that have made the biggest impact. Share your creative ideas for a chance to have your idea featured on the AUTM website and at the Annual Meeting.

Submit your ideas the following ways:
  • Tweet them using the hashtag #AUTM40th
  • Post them on the AUTM LinkedIn Group
  • Email them here
Send AUTM Your Video Message: Congratulate AUTM on its 40th anniversary with a video message! We'll feature select video messages on the AUTM website, and also share them at the Annual Meeting. Send videos via email here.

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Cities Across the Country Are Vying to Be the Next Silicon Valley
VEGAS INC
Persuading tech companies to move to Las Vegas can be a tough sell. The valley has a budding geek scene but sorely lacks educated workers, investment cash and job growth. Moreover, Las Vegas faces increasing competition from other cities that also want to make names for themselves as tech hubs.

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Rutgers University Engineers Test Robots on Bridge in New Jersey
Lehigh Valley
A bridge in Pohatcong Township, N.J., spanning the Pohatcong Creek is getting a high-tech inspection from robots operated by a team of scientists, some from Rutgers University.

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NIH Gets It Right: Bayh-Dole is Not For Price Controls
IPWatchdog
The National Institutes of Health recently made its long anticipated ruling on a petition seeking to use the "march-in" provisions of the Bayh-Dole Act as a mechanism for the government to control prices on drugs derived from federally funded research by issuing compulsory licenses.

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Advertising Opportunities at the AUTM Annual Meeting
AUTM
Make a statement at the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting through advertising – an affordable way to reinforce your brand or introduce your company to the largest in-person gathering of academic technology transfer professionals.

Registration Bag Inserts: Get your message into the hands of every attendee in San Francisco. This opportunity is available to a limited number of companies. Offer includes one printed piece per bag.

For pricing or to secure ad space, download an advertising application.

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TRENDING ARTICLES
Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    NIH Gets It Right: Bayh-Dole is Not For Price Controls (IPWatchdog)
Study: Patenting Their Discoveries Does Not Pay Off for Most Universities (The New York Times)
3 Heavyweights Seeking Startup Cash (Crain's Cleveland Business)
Auburn Native Engineers Football Training Device With Help of Students (WTVM-TV)

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AUTM Royalty and Deals Database Needs YOUR Deals
AUTM
AUTM has launched the data collection phase for the new AUTM Royalty and Deals Database, a powerful comprehensive database of transactional terms and conditions that only AUTM could amass.

We need your deals!
AUTM directors were sent login instructions in November. If you will be responsible for entering deals for your institution and you did not receive an email with your login and a link to the database, contact help@peerfocus.com and Chrys Gwellem at AUTM headquarters: cgwellem@autm.net or 1-847-559-0846, Ext. 360.

To make the Royalty and Deals Database as successful and meaningful as possible, please visit the database and enter your deals as soon as possible. As an incentive to provide content, your institution will receive a discount on the subscription price of the Royalty and Deals Database based on the number deals contributed. The exact pricing model is still being developed.

Types of Deals to Enter
While we are interested in a broad spectrum of license agreements (e.g., exclusive as well as nonexclusive) covering a range of industry sectors (e.g., biomedical, nanotechnology, etc.), we are particularly interested in deals that contain a variety of business terms (e.g., upfront payments, milestones, equity, etc.).

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PRESS RELEASES


UCLA Licensee ImmunGene Raises $9 Million in Series A Funding
(PRNewswire)

IP Group Signs Pilot IP Commercialization Deal with 2 Universities
(RTT News)

Nova Southeastern Researcher Receives US Patent for Developing Fall Prevention Model
(PRNewswire)

SUniversity of Oslo Selects Hitachi Data Systems, QStar, Spectra Logic for
Cloud Storage Project

(HispanicBusiness)



 

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