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Dec. 29, 2011
 
 
 
As 2011 comes to a close, AUTM would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the AUTM Newsbrief, a look at the most accessed articles from 2011. Our regular publication will resume next Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012.



Stanford v. Roche could place technology transfer on shaky ground
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
March 24, 2011 issue: The Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, the federal law that jump-started technology transfer into a $2 billion-plus industry, faces its severest test in the patent dispute pitting Stanford University against Roche Molecular Systems. The case exposed the law's failure to ensure that researchers and other inventors properly protect their intellectual property rights in ways that do not harm the universities that employ them or the government that funds them. More



New patent law could change how academics commercialize discoveries
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Sept 15, 2011 issue: The first major overhaul of the U.S. patent system in nearly 60 years is about to become law. The U.S. Senate voted 89-9 to approve the American Invents Act (H.R. 1249), ending a 6-year battle over how best to reform a patent system beset by increasing delays and costly litigation. Although many major universities and large research-driven companies lobbied for the extensive reform package, some analysts worry it could complicate efforts by academic scientists and smaller startup companies to commercialize their discoveries. The legislation, which the House of Representatives approved overwhelmingly in March, "will enable U.S. inventors at universities and elsewhere to compete more effectively in the global marketplace," said a statement from six major university groups, including the Association of American Universities, Association of American Medical Colleges, and the Association of University Technology Managers. They predict it will "improve patent quality and reduce patent litigation costs." More

Pressure on academics to generate alternative income for universities
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March 31, 2011 issue: University academics are increasingly being expected to develop links with businesses to boost their institution's income. The pressure to create alternative commercial funding streams is expected to rise cuts hit the sector. For some academics the move to engage with business has been easy. More

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After Stanford v. Roche: Bayh-Dole still stands
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June 16, 2011 issue: Now that the dust is settling down after the United States Supreme Court's ruling on the much debated Stanford v. Roche case, we need to take stock of its pragmatic impact. We are happy to report that Bayh-Dole remains unscathed. After all was said and done, the underlying case was a standard debate over ownership of a valuable invention between two parties who had been working together. More

Shooting ourselves in the foot
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Oct. 27, 2011 issue: Obviously, the universe enjoys irony. How else to explain the simultaneous issuance of the President Barack Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness interim report with recommendations that would wreak havoc on university technology transfer, and an article in the Wall Street Journal crediting the same system as one of the three policies that gave us the jobs economy. When asked how he felt about a blunder made by one of his politically appointed generals, President Abraham Lincoln said "It hurts too much to laugh, and I'm too big to cry." When considering these recommendations of the report, it's easy to feel the same way. If adopted, they undermine the Bayh-Dole Act, which allows universities and small companies to own and manage inventions they make with federal funds. There is considerable evidence of the harm such an action would do to the U.S. economy, undercutting the very objectives of the Council. More

Universities and micro entities to receive 75 percent reduction in patent office fees
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June 30, 2011 issue: One new provision in the new patent act that will be welcomed by a number of patent applicants is the new "micro entity" fee structure. "Small entities" already receive a 50 percent discount on most patent office fees. Those fees will be reduced by another 50 percent for qualifying micro entities — a total of 75 percent discount as compared with the large entity fee. More

Entrepreneurial universities
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Sept. 8, 2011 issue: Many people do not realize how important a role universities play in creating technology commercialized by the private sector. Every time a football team wins a big game, the players dump Gatorade — a licensed university invention — on the head coach. When we look for information on the Internet, most of us use the Google search engine, which was a university invention. University inventors have created many important drugs and medical treatments. Researchers at Wake Forest University's medical school, for instance, invented the vacuum assisted closure of wounds, which reduced by one-third the time it takes wounds to heal. And researchers at the University of Wisconsin developed the anticoagulant Warfarin. More

UK: New guide for universities to manage intellectual property
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May 26, 2011 issue: Universities can now access a new tool to help develop and manage their intellectual assets. The Intellectual Property Office launched a strategy guide called Intellectual Asset Management for Universities. The new guide provides advice and information to universities to help them understand how they can best use their institution's intellectual property. This can be an invention, trade mark, original design or the application of a good idea. More

Tech transfer bill in the House would rewrite key Bayh-Dole provisions
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Aug. 18, 2011 issue: The Bayh-Dole Act and the more than $2 billion-a-year industry it spawned through technology transfer from academia survived its strongest challenge in June when the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Stanford v. Roche case. It held, by a 7-2 vote, that Roche shares ownership with Stanford University in three U.S. patents for a PCR-based test kit to detect and quantify levels of HIV in the blood. Eleven days before that decision was rendered, a bill was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would rewrite two of Bayh-Dole's most important provisions. The aim of this bill is to revive the nation's manufacturing sector and create a source of federal funds for science, technology, engineering and math education. More

Universities continue to increase startups and commercialization of research
The Chronicle of Higher Education    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Nov. 3, 2011 issue: Universities' activity in commercializing academic research continued to increase in the 2010 fiscal year, despite the sour economy. Institutions completed more licensing deals with companies than in the previous year while also forming more startup companies and filing for more patents, according to newly released data from the Association of University Technology Managers. More
 


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