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Apr. 12, 2012

It Ain't Necessarily So
Just Saying That Bayh-Dole Gives Patent Ownership to University Inventors Doesn't Make It True

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As the saying goes, everyone is entitled to their own opinions — but not entitled to their own facts. Therefore, we feel compelled to respond to Gerald Barnett's Point of View article "Ownership or Stewardship: Universities Need to Reconsider Patent Policies in Light of Stanford v. Roche Ruling," which was published in Genetic Engineering News. Barnett claims that the University and Small Business Patent Procedures Act of 1980, commonly called Bayh-Dole, "does not require that the university own federally supported inventions, nor grant the university title in such inventions." More

IBM Teams with Ontario Universities as Part of Federal Innovation Push
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A major research partnership between technology giant IBM Canada Ltd. and seven Ontario universities marks a first large step in a federal strategy to drive Canadian innovation and prosperity by retooling the way government spends research dollars. The initiative will create substantial new research capacity using supercomputing and cloud computing, which are needed to grapple with vast troves of data researchers now collect and store. IBM will contribute up to $175-million by 2014, pooled with $20-million in federal funds and $15-million from the Ontario government. More

Zero Carbon Cement Production with Solar Thermal
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In a study published in a recent issue of Chemical Communications, a team of researchers from Virginia's George Washington University explain a revolutionary way to make lime cement that releases zero CO2 emissions — and costs less too. After coal-powered electricity, cement manufacture is the next biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, because cement is ubiquitous in modern life. It is needed for virtually all skyscrapers, bridges and freeway overpasses and many other buildings and structures including nuclear power plants. The world consumes about 3 trillion kg of cement annually. More

Why Women Continue to Lag Behind Men in the Startup Community — And What We Can Do About It
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Over the past few decades, women have overcome tremendous obstacles and have made a lot of progress in the area of gender equality in America. We now make up 46 percent of the workforce and over 50 percent of college graduates, yet when we look at the number of women pursuing high-growth startups, there still exists a very apparent gap in numbers. According to an article published by the Kauffman Foundation earlier last year, women only make up 35 percent of startup business owners. More

University of Kansas Wins Credit for NIH Cancer Research
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The University of Kansas Center for Research won the right to claim that two of its employees should be given credit on research conducted for the National Institutes of Health that led to the cancer drug Velcade. An arbitration panel agreed with the university's claim that a researcher and his assistant should have been included as inventors on two patents owned by NIH and licensed to Millennium Pharmaceuticals, now part of Japanese drugmaker Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. (4502) (4502) Velcade, used to treat blood cancer, generated $623 million in sales last year for Takeda. More

EPO Decision, Utah Litigation Show Tuschl Patents Remain Mired in Litigation
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After the European Patent Office (EPO) ruled on the first of several Tuschl families of patents governing RNAi last month, both sides responded with dueling press releases, each claiming vindication. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals and the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Medical School trumpeted EPO's decision as a victory as much for advancement of RNAi drugs toward the market as against co-defendants Sanofi, Silence Therapeutics, and BASF. Laurence Reid, Ph.D., Alnylam's svp and chief business officer, said that his company has formed over 30 license agreements using the first Tuschl patent family, or the Tuschl I '726 patent. More

Faster, Cheaper Way Found to Cool Electronic Devices
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A North Carolina State University researcher has developed a more efficient, less expensive way of cooling electronic devices — particularly devices that generate a lot of heat, such as lasers and power devices. The technique uses a "heat spreader" made of a copper-graphene composite, which is attached to the electronic device using an indium-graphene interface film "Both the copper-graphene and indium-graphene have higher thermal conductivity, allowing the device to cool efficiently," says Dr. Jag Kasichainula, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at NC State and author of a paper on the research. Thermal conductivity is the rate at which a material conducts heat. More

AUTM 2013 Annual Meeting Call for Topics — Submit Today!
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The AUTM 2013 Annual Meeting Call for Topics is open. Submit your idea today.
Deadline to submit: April 16, 2012.

Explore Asia with AUTM
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AUTM-Asia 2012 (InnovFest), April 18-20, Singapore, is an exciting festival of innovation-related activities. Organized by NUS Enterprise for the third year running, this event aims to boost technology transfer, entrepreneurship and investment among Asia's business, academic and technology communities. More

Michigan State Initiative to Boost Research Spin-Out Enterprises
(Michigan State University)

How to Make High-End Perfumes Without Whale Barf
(The University of British Columbia)

Researchers Find Critical Regulator to Tightly Control Deadly Pulmonary Fibrosis (Georgia State University)

First U.S. Case Since FDA-Approval, New Magnetic Device for Heartburn
(The University of California — San Diego)


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