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Academics: Patenting Necessary for Continued Innovation in Biotech/Pharma Industries
Patent Docs
Most recent academic and some popular assessments of the effects of the Bayh-Dole Act have been critical. This has been due in part to political opposition to licensing university technology, the desire of corporate entities to simply appropriate that technology and the uneven distribution of university patent success stories.
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LSU: Innovation Put to the Forefront
The Advocate
A team of LSU scientists thinks it is on its way to developing a pill that would block the virus that often leads to cervical cancer. They've been working on it for nearly a decade. Their problem is they're low on funding.
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Technology Transfer: How IT Can Help Commercialize University Research
Campus Technology
The University of Kansas' Innovation and Collaboration Division, tasked with bringing the institution's research innovation to market, has seen revenue grow 600 percent over the past three years, thanks to an entrepreneurial, tech-focused approach.
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  NAI Conference March 6-7, 2014

Register now for the 3rd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, Mar. 6-7 at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, VA. Conference features world class speakers, “Night at the Museum” event in Flag Hall at the Smithsonian, and the induction of the 2013 NAI Fellows. Register and read more

New Research Leads to Multifunctional Spintronic Smart Sensors
North Carolina State University via SpaceDaily
Research from a team led by North Carolina State University is opening the door to smarter sensors by integrating the smart material vanadium dioxide onto a silicon chip and using lasers to make the material magnetic. The advance paves the way for multifunctional spintronic smart sensors for use in military applications and next-generation spintronic devices.
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3 Purdue University Professors Get Funds to Commercialize
Research Projects

Three professors at Purdue University's colleges of engineering and science will work to develop and commercialize their research projects with around $130,000 in combined funding.
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Energy Secretary Commends University of Texas for Fostering Energy Research, Spurring Commercialization
The University of Texas
Academic institutions such as The University of Texas serve an essential role in furthering scientific research that can help drive the commercialization of transformative products and services, said U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz during a recent visit to Austin, Texas.
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Arizona Governor Tours Bioscience Firms
Arizona Daily Star
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was in Oro Valley to tour two of the area's biggest biotech employers, and she came away impressed. The governor was noncommittal, however, on the prospect of increasing state support of the University of Arizona and the state's two other universities — seen by many as a key to growth in the biosciences sector.
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AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting: On-Site Registration Available
Pre-registration for the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting is now closed. But don't panic, because you can still register on site at the meeting!

On-site registration will begin Wednesday, Feb. 19. To expedite the registration process, please download our Onsite Registration Form and bring a completed copy to the AUTM Registration Desk, located at the North Registration counter on Lower Level B2 of the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, during the following times:

On-Site Registration Hours
Wednesday, Feb. 19 — 1-7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 20 — 7 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 21 — 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 22 — 7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

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AUTM Connect™ Now Available for 2014 Annual Meeting
The AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting online partnering tool, AUTM Connect™, sponsored by MacMillan Sobanski & Todd LLC, is now available. AUTM Connect™ makes it easy to market your technologies, effortlessly set up meetings, find nearby restaurants and cafés for your offsite meetings and get started on your next deal.

With AUTM Connect™, you can:
  • Upload your photo
  • Tell attendees a little bit about yourself
  • Organize your schedule
To download the free AUTM Connect™ app, visit the Apple App Store or Google Play (for Android) and type "AUTM" in the search field.

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AUTM 2014 Software Course℠
This course is designed specifically for university licensing professionals who work with software and other information assets. The course will provide a survey of basic principles, as well as a study of best practices, emerging models and actual cases, that will benefit both newcomers and experienced practitioners. Participants will leave with the tools to handle basic to complex software asset management and licensing situations.

May 15-16, 2014
Hutton Hotel
Nashville, TN USA

Registration Information. Hotel and Travel Information. Schedule at a Glance.

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AUTM Partnering Forums
In 2014, AUTM will offer new networking events designed to allow you to connect with industry partners in a smaller setting. The AUTM Partnering Forums will be 1-2 day business development meetings, and each will focus on a specific industry niche. Several more AUTM Partnering Forums will be scheduled in 2014. Look for more information in the coming months.
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AUTM Partnering Forum: Medical Imaging Technology
April 23-24, 2014
Hosted by Case Western Reserve University
Global Center for Health Innovation
Cleveland, OH USA

This new business development meeting will be a unique opportunity to network with industry partners and take an in-depth look at the medical imaging technology sector.

Registration Information. Schedule at a Glance.

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The Role of Universities in Driving New Business Starts
Illinois Innovation Network via Chicago Tribune
The journey from identifying a promising idea to building a thriving business relies on many components, such as talent, mentorship, capital, access to infrastructure and connections to industry. As the Q4 2013 Index demonstrated, universities are in a unique position to aggregate these components to support the creation of new companies.

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Oxford University Spin-Out Develops Secure Mobile Payments
Mobile Payments Today
Security protocols developed at the U.K.'s Oxford University with U.S. military funding are to be used to create a secure mobile payment app. The OxCept protocols have also been tested for use in secure communications in disaster recovery situations. OxCept, the company behind the OxCept protocols, is a spin-out company from Oxford University.

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Does University License Patenting Pay Off?
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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AUTM Webinars
AUTM webinars efficiently train one or multiple staff members for one low price.

March 4
Post-grant Proceedings Under the AIA
Our panel will walk you through the issues associated with a new proceeding (as of Sep. 16, 2012) that allows parties to challenge the validity of an issued patent before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

March 26
Royalty Monetization: Primer, Current Trends and Best Practice
Royalty monetization is a "hot topic" in the technology transfer industry. Hybrid approaches abound, and the landscape is definitely changing. Join us to find out how this topic can affect you, your university, and your inventors.

AUTM also offers on-demand webinars and other professional development sessions. View the complete list.

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AUTM Royalty and Deals Database Needs YOUR Deals
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 last month. 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 Chris Harris.

To make the Royalty and Deals Database as successful and meaningful as possible, please visit the database here 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.

If you have questions about the Royalty and Deals Database, please email Chris Harris.

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

    The Role of Universities in Driving New Business Starts (Chicago Tribune)
Richard Kosman: Taking Technology Transfer Global (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
M-TRAC Announces Funding for 1st Studies (The Michigan Daily)
Michigan's Research Corridor Makes Strong Showing Among 8 Leading US Clusters (Ann Arbor Journal)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

Better World Project Featured Stories
The Better World Project features inspiring stories about university technologies that make the world a better place. Check out the new featured story from North Carolina State University: Delivering Instant Feedback for Math and Science Students. Then, take a minute to enter technologies from your institution for a chance to be one of the featured stories.

Plus, read AUTM Vice President for Marketing and Communications Betsy Merrick's latest blog to find out how you can make a difference. For more information about the Better World Project, click here.

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IP Hall of Fame™ Nominations
Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) is now inviting nominations for individuals to be considered as this year's inductees into the IP Hall of Fame. Founded in 2006, the IP Hall of Fame exists to honor those individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the creation of today's global IP system.

AUTM encourages its members to nominate the late Howard Bremer. To make your nomination(s), please visit the nominations website.

The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 21.

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Request for Expressions of Interest
AUTM is seeking letters of interest from fundraising professionals to assist with its strategies to increase non-dues revenues. The funding environment currently offers more opportunities to secure grant funding, especially from government sources, than ever before. This environment may change at the conclusion of the Obama administration so there is a certain level of urgency to begin activities.

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Chembio Enters Agreements With RVR in Southeast Asia
(Globe Newswire via MarketWatch)

Singularity University Launches Corporate Innovation Accelerator Initiative
(Global University Venturing)

Ball Aerospace Wins Air Force Contract for Ion Velocity Meter

Eagle Pharmaceuticals IPO Could Fly Due to Commercial Success and Near-Profitability
(Seeking Alpha)


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