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With 2013 coming to a close, AUTM would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a very safe and happy holiday season.

As we reflect on the past year, we would like to provide the subscribers with a look at the most-read news stories.

Your regular news publication will resume on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014.


University of South Florida Launches Ground-Breaking Revenue Incentive Program
University of South Florida via PRNewswire
From Oct. 10: The University of South Florida in Tampa, FL, USA, has announced a groundbreaking Revenue Incentive Patent Cost Sharing Program for their university inventors. The Revenue Incentive program, one of the first of its kind among U.S. universities, provides a way for USF innovators to invest in the future of the inventions resulting from their research.
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High Noon for Bayh-Dole
IPWatchdog
From July 18: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy asked NIH in a recent letter to force compulsory licensing of Myriad's BRCA breast and ovarian cancer genetic test under the "march-in rights" provision of the Bayh-Dole Act. Myriad received an exclusive license to develop the test from universities operating under Bayh-Dole Act. The law allows nonprofit institutions receiving federal R&D funds to own and license resulting inventions so they can be commercialized for use by the public.
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The Patent Wars Begin Over Graphene, a Material That's About to Change
Our Lives

Business Insider
From Jan. 4: 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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House Passes Innovation Act; Battle Goes to Senate
IPWatchdog
From Dec. 12: On Dec. 5, the United States House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act by a vote of 325-91. Surprisingly, the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) had only been introduced on Oct. 23, and was marked up on Nov. 20. So what was the rush? This breakneck pace, which took place in a Congress that has been noted for its extraordinary inaction, is curious to say the least. Indeed, one member of Congress went much further than raising a curious eyebrow.
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Healthcare Hero: How Yale's Jon Soderstrom Became a Technology
Transfer Superstar

Connecticut Business News Journal
From Jan. 31: Jon Soderstrom, Ph.D., once thought he would become a minister. Instead, his career path led to Yale University, where he became managing director of the Office of Cooperative Research (OCR), overseeing the commercialization of inventions stemming from faculty research. "It's a rather improbable journey," acknowledges Soderstrom, who is widely recognized as heading one of the most successful university technology-transfer initiatives in the country.
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You'll Never Guess Where the New Centers of Innovation Are
Forbes
From Nov. 21: Two important reports have been released that should make people optimistic about the future of the American economy. The first was a report by the Science Coalition, a group of American research universities that highlighted over 100 companies created by federally funded research. The second report was from the White House and U.S. Department of Commerce about the growing importance of innovation and entrepreneurship to American universities.
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Time to Take a Stand
IPWatchdog
From March 14: If you're paying attention at all, you must have noticed that there are forces out there who just don't like what you do. Some say you're too focused on making money, some say you're not focused enough — we really should introduce these folks to each other — some don't believe it's moral for universities to work with industry, and many have built very successful careers launching attack after attack on Bayh-Dole and the very patent system itself. And they are not going away.
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Supreme Court's Ruling on Gene Patents Opens New Avenues for
University Research

The Chronicle of Higher Education
From June 20: The four-year battle over the genetic marker of an elevated risk of breast cancer was, for many, a mind-numbing slog through complicated science. Now begins the even longer and murkier process of assessing the sum of gains and possible losses for university researchers and the wider public. (Subscription required)
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Duquesne Enters Largest Licensing Deal for Cancer Treatment Drugs
Pittsburgh Business Times
Nearly 50 patents, developed quietly in the labs of Duquesne University, could hold big potential for the treatment of cancer. Working with Flag Therapeutics Inc., a Raleigh, N.C.-based startup run by Duquesne alum Frank Sorgi, the university has entered into a licensing agreement for two novel classes of duel-acting, water-soluble drugs developed for the treatment of cancer.

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Commercialization Program Funding for 3-D Modeling Startup
Mind the Gap
Gainesville, Fla.-based Paracosm has secured $800,000 in private and public funding to advance its 3-D modeling and navigation software. The funding includes $300,000 from the Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research. The institute, which has an office in the University of Florida Innovation Hub, funds and mentors companies that spin out of state university research and private research institutions.

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House Passes Innovation Act; Battle Goes to Senate
IPWatchdog
On Dec. 5, the United States House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act by a vote of 325-91. Surprisingly, the Innovation Act (H.R. 3309) had only been introduced on Oct. 23, and was marked up on Nov. 20. So what was the rush? This breakneck pace, which took place in a Congress that has been noted for its extraordinary inaction, is curious to say the least. Indeed, one member of Congress went much further than raising a curious eyebrow.

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NIH Gets It Right: Bayh-Dole is Not For Price Controls
IPWatchdog
From Nov. 27: The National Institutes of Health (NIH) 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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Study: Patenting Their Discoveries Does Not Pay Off for Most Universities
The New York Times
From Nov. 27: Universities try to cash in on discoveries — gene splicing, brain chemistry and computer-chip design — but the great majority of them fail to turn their research into a source of income, according to a new study from the Brookings Institution. Research universities have technology transfer offices that make thousands of business deals annually for the use of their patents. But in any given year, at about seven of eight universities, the resulting revenue funneled into university budgets is not even enough to cover the cost of running that office, said the study's author, Walter D. Valdivia.
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