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HERE'S TO A NEW YEAR!

With 2014 coming to a close, AUTM Newsbrief would like to wish its subscribers, 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. 8.



Proposed Legislation Threatens Research at Universities
The Indianapolis Star
From April 3: Researchers at Indiana's leading universities have a long history of discovery and invention that has improved the lives of people around the world, and which has brought jobs and economic gains to the state. Unfortunately, pending legislation in Congress threatens the ability of our world-class universities — and our peers around the nation — to sustain this vital role in helping the U.S. maintain its global scientific and technological leadership.
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Does University License Patenting Pay Off?
IPWatchdog
From Jan. 30: A recent study from the Brookings Institution "University Start-Ups: Critical for Improving Technology Transfer," received a lot of coverage in the national media. While the title implies the focus is on expanding academic start-up formation (a laudable goal), The New York Times headline accurately reflects the real message: "Patenting Their Discoveries Does Not Pay Off for Most Universities."
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Cornell Rethinks How Universities Invest Software Startups
Inside Higher Ed
From Feb. 27: In an attempt to make it easier for researchers to commercialize their work, officials at Cornell University's New York City campus are reconsidering how they make money off intellectual property.
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How Valuable Is Technology Transfer?
AUTM
From June 26: Technology transfer brings more than licensing and royalty revenues to universities — from sparking economic development to providing solutions to global healthcare challenges. An article from the National Academy of Inventors examines the impact of the landmark 1980 legislation that ushered in today's technology transfer and its resulting and far-reaching benefits.
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NAI, IPO Announce Top 100 Universities Worldwide Granted US Utility Patents in 2013
National Academy of Inventors
From June 12: The National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association have announced the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents in 2013. The list, based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, recognizes the important role patents play in university research.
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Commentary: It's Not Paranoia — They Really Are After You
IPWatchdog
From March 6: Joe Allen, a 30-year veteran of national efforts to foster public/private sector commercialization partnerships and author of numerous articles on technology management for national publications, gave remarks to AUTM at its annual meeting in San Francisco.
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Purdue Program Aims to Boost Commercialization
Inside Indiana Business
From Jan. 23: A group of Purdue University faculty is leading an effort to increase commercialism and entrepreneurship at the school. Deliberate Innovation for Faculty focuses on setting long-term commercialization goals during early-stage research.
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Exclusive Interview with AUTM President Jane Muir
IPWatchdog
From June 5: AUTM President Jane Muir is the director of the Florida Innovation Hub at University of Florida and associate director of the Office of Technology Licensing. IPWatchdog had the opportunity to chat with Muir about the role of university research and some of the criticisms swirling in the popular press, which seem to largely be based on unfamiliarity with the technology transfer process and the vital role that universities play.
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AUTM Publishes Article on the Danger of Patent-Trolling
Business Wire
From April 10: In an article published on the AUTM website, the president of AUTM cites an "abusive patent litigation practice called patent-trolling" that she explains can interfere with the complex process of moving university research discoveries into the marketplace.
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Hunting Bayh-Dole Vampires
IPWatchdog
From March 27: Four months after the National Institutes of Health rejected the latest attempt to misuse the Bayh-Dole Act to control drug prices, zealots have risen from the crypt claiming the law should be used to haunt drug developers. March-in rights were designed to force universities to issue additional licenses if effective efforts are not being made to commercialize a federally funded invention; if the licensee cannot meet national health, safety or regulatory needs; or if the licensee fails to make the product in the U.S. despite a pledge to do so.

Critics claim there's another trigger — if they don't like the price of a drug. While the cost of new drugs is a concern, their solution sucks the life blood out of a system leading the world in protecting public health.

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