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Colleges Urged to Count Patents in Tenure Reviews
Inside Higher Ed
Universities should begin making patents and other industrial and commercial research count toward promotion and tenure, in an effort to stimulate such research nationwide, argues a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal. "There is a fundamental disconnect between technology transfer activities and incentives for faculty members in terms of merit raises, tenure and career advancement," Richard B. Marchase, co-author and vice president for research and economic development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a news release.
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In Tech Transfer, an Idea Isn't Always a Product, and an Inventor Isn't
Always an Entrepreneur

MedCity News
Academic researchers, by nature, pursue scientifically interesting discoveries that could have a long-term impact. Meanwhile, investors and companies are interested in technologies that fill a very clear and immediate need in a market. That difference in perspective is one thing that makes translating discoveries at academic institutions into viable products so challenging, as learned at the AUTM partnering forum in Cleveland.
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An Open Letter to Abraham Lincoln from David Kappos
Managing Intellectual Property
At the Fordham IP Conference in New York, David Kappos, partner at Cravath, Swaine and Moore and former director of the USPTO, read an open letter to Abraham Lincoln. Managing IP reproduces his speech from the intellectual property leaders panel.
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USPTO Renews Patents for Humanity Program
The United States Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Commerce Department's United States Patent and Trademark Office has announced that Patents for Humanity is being renewed as an annual program. Started as a one-year pilot in 2012, the program recognizes businesses, inventors, non-profits and universities who leverage their intellectual property portfolio to tackle global humanitarian challenges. The renewal is part of the Obama administration's ongoing commitment to strengthen the U.S. patent system.
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UNM, Sandia Labs Amp Up Tech Transfer Efforts
Albuquerque Business First
The University of New Mexico and Sandia National Labs will soon hire someone who will work solely on strengthening the ties between the university and the federal lab, according to Paul Hommert, who is the director of Sandia National Labs and the president of Sandia Corp.
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Michigan Startup Signs Licensing Agreement to Produce Cancer-Fighting Drug
A University of Michigan startup that develops drugs that target gene fusions — ones that drive common cancers such as breast, colon, prostate and lung — has signed a research and license agreement with a California biopharmaceutical company.
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DiaVacs, University of Pittsburgh in Licensing Agreement for Novel
Delivery Technologies

Drug Discovery & Development
DiaVacs announces that it has entered into a licensing agreement with the University of Pittsburgh for intellectual property pertaining to novel dendritic cell and antisense oligonucleotide microsphere delivery technologies for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. DiaVacs plans to apply this innovative technology to the development of a microsphere formulation of an antisense-nucleotide vaccine.
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Patent-Reform Legislation Spurs Controversy Among Universities
The Daily Californian
In 1994, Michael Doyle, then the director of a computer lab at UCSF, patented software that allowed doctors to view embryos online — the first "interactive" application on the web. A few years later, the University of California licensed a patent to a company Doyle created called Eolas, which, claiming rights to the idea of embedding interactive content on web pages, sued Microsoft in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit. The university, a coplaintiff in the case, took a $30.4 million cut in what is now widely regarded as a classic case of "patent trolling."
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InnovFest 2014: Translating Research Into Products
Asian Scientist
Forty years ago, U.S. Senators Birch Bayh and Bob Dole collaborated on a bill to grant patent rights to non-governmental organizations. They had hoped to address the 1970s economic malaise, which saw some 25,000 government-sponsored research patents fail to obtain commercial licenses.

The bill — now known as the Bayh-Dole Act — was eventually adopted in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter, thereby allowing institutions such as universities to pursue ownership of their own research and inventions. This paradigm shift was to lay the foundation for many of the technology transfer models that U.S. universities and their international counterparts continue to pursue till this day.

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AUTM 2014 Region Meetings Announced
AUTM region meetings bring diverse programs of interest to experienced and new-technology-transfer professionals. Focused on best practices and strategies for industry-academia partnerships that culminate in successful product commercialization, each meeting provides a forum for members to connect, exchange ideas and gain valuable contacts.

Region Meeting Sponsorship Opportunities: Sponsorship of AUTM Region Meetings underscores your involvement in the technology transfer field. For details, email Madhuri Carson, or call 847-753-5217.

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AUTM Hosting Exhibit Booth at BIO International Convention: Early-Bird Registration Deadline is TODAY (May 1)
AUTM will again participate in the BIO International Convention, scheduled for June 23-26 in San Diego. BIO 2014 is the largest global event for the biotechnology industry. Register at the BIO International Convention website. AUTM's tech transfer professionals may select "Academic" during the registration process and receive BIO member rates. That's $700 in savings if you register for Convention Access plus Partnering.

TODAY (May 1) is the deadline to receive the early-bird discount.

The event's 15,000 attendees and facilitated networking offer tech transfer professionals unparalleled access to pharmaceutical and biotech companies, investors and other potential partners from around the globe.

Visit the AUTM booth (#2503) to join us for the technology transfer meetup, and help us put a face on technology transfer.

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AUTM Videos Spotlight Technology Transfer Benefits: More Grants Available
Additional grants are available in AUTM's Put a Face On It video project, which spotlights the real-world connection between our members' work and its ability to transform people's lives. The videos can be used in presentations to build a greater understanding of technology transfer. Share, tweet, or link to the videos to spread the word about your important work!

Learn more about how to submit your own here.

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AUTM Transactional Academic Comparables Tracking (TransACT)
Database Needs YOUR Deals

AUTM has launched the data collection phase for its new Transactional Academic Comparables Tracking (TransACT) Database (formerly the Royalties and Deals database), a powerful comprehensive database of transactional terms and conditions that only AUTM could amass.

TransACT Needs YOUR Deals!
AUTM directors were sent login instructions last month. If you will be responsible for entering deals for your institution and did not receive an email with your login and a link to the database, please contact Chris Harris, AUTM assistant vice president for Deal Terms Database.

To make the AUTM TransACT Database as successful and meaningful as possible, please enter your deals as soon as possible. Your institution will receive a discount on the subscription price of the AUTM TransACT Database based on the number deals contributed.

If you have questions about the AUTM TransACT Database, please contact Chris Harris.

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VT KnowledgeWorks Winners to Compete in Global Challenge
The Roanoke Star
The VT KnowledgeWorks Sixth Annual Entrepreneurship Challenge was a success, as enthusiastic attendees gathered at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on April 18. The Entrepreneurship Challenge provided a unique opportunity for student teams from Virginia Tech and entrepreneurs to present before a panel of local business leaders.

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BIO Event Featuring Academia in Pavilion, Forum
Trade Show News Network
The 2014 BIO International Convention will highlight the role of academia in the advancement of the biotechnology field through the BIO Alliance Pavilion and the Translational Research Forum taking place June 23-26 at the San Diego Convention Center.

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ABI Expansion Includes Commitment to Wichita State's Innovation Campus
Wichita Business Journal
A recent announcement that the ABI Group of Companies is expanding its manufacturing operations to the Newton City/County Airport in Kansas wasn't the company's only expansion news. It was also announced that ABI will become part of the Innovation Campus at Wichita State University.

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AUTM 2014 Software Course℠ — Register TODAY (May 1) to Save $25
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

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AUTM Business Development Course — Medical Devices
Save the date for this first in a series of AUTM business development courses designed to provide in-depth education on specific industry sectors. This course focuses on the medical device industry and how regulatory, legal and business issues affect commercializing technologies in the medical device space. Registration for this course will open in early July.

Nov 12–13, Chicago Marriott O'Hare, Rosemont, IL, USA

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May 6
Clean up on Aisle 3! How to Get Your Institution Up-To-Date in iEdison
One of the most frustrating tasks in the technology transfer office is trying to get your institution up-to-date with all the required reporting into iEdison. You may also have discovered older inventions from your institution that have not yet been reported in iEdison. This webinar will provide the tips you need to begin to get a mess like this cleaned up!

June 17
Federal Award Terms: What Do They Mean for You?
Learn how restrictions impact technology transfer and what constraints they might impose on the ability to license university technologies. This webinar will discuss the implications of such terms and strategies for handling them..

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

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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 the North Carolina State University: Natural Enzyme Helps Farmers Feed the World. Take a minute to enter a technology from your institution for a chance to be one of the featured stories.

This video from editor Laura Savatski explains how. Or, create a customized report of the stories from your institution that may be already in the database.

For more information about the Better World Project, click here.

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NexID Receives Grants to Fund Further Development, Commercialization of
Biometric 'Liveness Detection'


GSV Education Innovation Summit: Interview With Arizona State President Michael Crow

IDCast Looks to Consolidate Operations
(Dayton Business Journal)


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