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Immigrants Are Crucial to Innovation, Study Says
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Arguing against immigration policies that force foreign-born innovators to leave the United States, a new study to be released on Tuesday shows that immigrants played a role in more than three out of four patents at the nation's top research universities. Conducted by the Partnership for a New American Economy, a nonprofit group co-founded by Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York, the study notes that nearly all the patents were in science, technology, engineering and math, the so-called STEM fields that are a crucial driver of job growth. The report points out that while many of the world's top foreign-born innovators are trained at United States universities, after graduation they face "daunting or insurmountable immigration hurdles that force them to leave and bring their talents elsewhere." More

Whose Intellectual Property?
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Over the last 30 years, universities have become increasingly aggressive about securing the rights to faculty intellectual property (IP) that is patentable and thus potentially profitable. The operative distinction in many current policies is between faculty IP that can be protected by copyright, versus IP that is patentable. More

US Wants Inventive Ways to Get Research Out of University Labs and into the Real World
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The federal government funded some $135 billion in research and development for all manner of science and technology and is now looking for a way to get a faster return on such investments. Or at least that was the focus of a congressional Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation hearing this week looking for ways to improve collaboration between commercial concerns and nonprofit organizations, including universities, in addition to promoting the utilization of inventions arising from federally supported research and development. More

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Nano-Infused Paint Can Detect Strain
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A new type of paint made with carbon nanotubes at Rice University can help detect strain in buildings, bridges and airplanes. The Rice scientists call their mixture "strain paint" and are hopeful it can help detect deformations in structures like airplane wings. Their study details a composite coating they invented that could be read by a handheld infrared spectrometer. More

Robots Get a Feel for the World
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Researchers at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering published a study in "Frontiers in Neurorobotics" showing that a specially designed robot can outperform humans in identifying a wide range of natural materials according to their textures, paving the way for advancements in prostheses, personal assistive robots, and consumer product testing. More

Librassay® Opens up Nonexclusive Access to Patents for Molecular Diagnostics and Personalized Medicine

Exclusive licensing practices and related legal skirmishes cry out for nonexclusive access to patents in the diagnostic field of use. MPEG LA is answering that call with Librassay®, a web-based marketplace of nonexclusive patent rights.

“Our role is to help patent owners and users come together in an efficient fashion to hasten transactions that incentivize technology innovation and adoption by balancing reasonable access to patent rights for users with a reasonable return on technology investment for patent owners,” said Kristin Neuman, Executive Director of Librassay®.

Spar Over Gene-Silencing Patent Is a Federal Case
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A dispute over patent rights to a much-anticipated method of gene silencing should not head to state court merely because one of the co-owners to the patent is a state school, a federal judge ruled. The University of Utah sued four private research institutes and officials with the University of Massachusetts over patent rights to ribonucleic acid interference (RNAi), also known as gene silencing. RNAi switches off a gene by preventing certain RNA molecules from producing proteins in the cell. "It has great potential therapeutic value," U.S. District Judge Patti Saris explained. More

Pill Using Ultrasound May Replace Daily Needles
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For patients who need daily injections to stay on course, being able instead to take their medication orally would help improve patients' quality of life and perhaps even outcomes. Daily injections have been an unwelcome part of living with certain illnesses for some patients, with few to no alternatives. For diabetics, for example, insulin taken orally would not penetrate tissue fast enough. A new ultrasound development called uPill may replace daily injections and could represent a new class of drugs. Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a company called ZetrOZ are collaborating on the uPill. More

Scientists Spark New Interest in the Century-Old Edison Battery
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Stanford University scientists have breathed new life into the nickel-iron battery, a rechargeable technology developed by Thomas Edison more than a century ago. Designed in the early 1900s to power electric vehicles, the Edison battery largely went out of favor in the mid-1970s. Today only a handful of companies manufacture nickel-iron batteries, primarily to store surplus electricity from solar panels and wind turbines. Now, Dai and his Stanford colleagues have dramatically improved the performance of this century-old technology. The Stanford team has created an ultrafast nickel-iron battery that can be fully charged in about 2 min and discharged in less than 30 sec. The results are published in Nature Communications. More

Marine Energy Doubled by Predicting Wave Power
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The energy generated from our oceans could be doubled using new methods for predicting wave power. Research led by the University of Exeter, published in the journal Renewable Energy, could pave the way for significant advancements in marine renewable energy, making it a more viable source of power. The study was carried out by a team of mathematicians and engineers from the University of Exeter and Tel Aviv University. They devised a means of accurately predicting the power of the next wave in order to make the technology far more efficient, extracting twice as much energy as is currently possible. More

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AUTM Data Reveal Profound Economic Contribution of U.S. Universities and Nonprofits
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"The Economic Contributions of University/Nonprofit Inventions in the United States: 1996-2010," a report released today by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), uses data from AUTM over a 15-year period to reveal the profound impact of universities on the economy. AUTM member Lori Pressman, a consultant in Cambridge, Mass was the lead author of the report.

For the 15 years studied the report shows:
  • University/nonprofit licensing supported as many as 3 million "person years of employment"

  • The impact on U.S. gross industry output is as much as $836 billion and the impact on gross domestic product is as much as $388 billion in 2005 dollars
Read the press release here.

Don't Miss These Upcoming AUTM Region Meetings
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AUTM 2012 Central Region Meeting
July 23 – 25
Oklahoma City, OK, USA

AUTM 2012 Eastern Region Meeting
Sept. 12 – 14
Philadelphia, PA, USA

AUTM 2012 Western Region Meeting
Nov. 13 – 14
Napa, CA, USA

Joint Implant Material Created at Colorado State University Now Working in Humans
(Colorado State University)

Carnegie Mellon Invests in Startup Fighting Blindness in Children
(Carnegie Mellon University via MarketWatch)

Discovery Could Help Combat Chronic Pain in Diabetics
(University of California — Davis via Medical Express)

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