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University leaders: Congress must ensure patent office funds
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Congress must keep its pledge to let the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have control over all the fees it collects to promote innovation and spur job creation, university leaders and corporate executives said. "One of the great impediments to an effective PTO is the funding to just get the people power in place and move things through the system," Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Susan Hockfield said during a panel discussion in Washington. More

How the America Invents Act impacts inventions made with government funds
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On Sept. 16, 2011, President Barack Obama signed into law the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, H.R. 1249, a landmark patent-reform bill with far-reaching effects on U.S. patent law. The AIA's provisions take effect at various times, ranging from the date of enactment to 18 months thereafter. This advisory addresses three provisions of the AIA of which government contractors and others using government funds to invent should be mindful. More

Report: Nissan developing a 10-minute car charger
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One of the main arguments against electric cars is that it takes too long to recharge the battery. Even using a DC fast-charger, going from 0 to 80 percent capacity still takes about 30 minutes. But Nissan is working on a new super-rapid charging system that can recharge a drained EV battery in 10 minutes, which could be a game changer for the industry. Nissan engineers and researchers at Japan's Kansai University have created a new capacitor electrode made of tungsten oxide and vanadium oxide instead of the usual carbon, according to an article in Paul Tan's Automotive News. More

Roche acquires license to nanopore technology with sights on $1,000 whole genome sequencing
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Roche negotiated a license to nanopore-based DNA base sensing and reading technologies from the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University and the Columbia University Nanoscience Center. The firm claims that these new technologies could help take the cost of sequencing a whole human genome down to well under $1,000. The technologies will be used by Roche’s sequencing center and collaborators 454 Life Sciences and IBM to develop and commercialize a single-molecule nanopore DNA sequencer. The deal was brokered by Arizona State University’s technology transfer arm, Arizona Technology Enterprises, and includes sponsored research funding to help the academic researchers progress development of the technology toward commercialization. More

Solar pixels boost device efficiency
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The invention of a new kind of screen pixel that can double as a solar cell has the potential to significantly increase the energy efficiency of LCD display devices, such as smartphones and e-readers. According to researchers from the University of Michigan's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, in standard LCD displays, only eight percent of the backlight of a device actually reaches the viewer's eyes. The rest is absorbed by filters and polarisers in the screen pixels themselves. They decided this was a waste of perfectly good energy. More

Smart plastic research tops science prizes
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Two researchers who revolutionized polymer science to create never before seen molecules have been awarded the Prime Minister's Science Prize for 2011. Professor Ezio Rizzardo of the CSIRO and Professor David Solomon of the University of Melbourne say they are "very pleased" to jointly receive the prize. More

GlycoMimetics inks licensing deal worth up to $340 million
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Gaithersburg-based GlycoMimetics Inc. has licensed one of its drug candidates to Pfizer Inc. in a deal that could be worth up to $340 million. GlycoMimetics said that the exclusive, worldwide license to Pfizer is for its investigational compound GMI-1070, which is being developed to treat a complication of sickle cell disease. The complication, known as "vaso-occlusive crisis" results in over 75,000 hospitalizations every year, causes pain and organ damage, and shortened life span for sufferers of sickle cell. More

University of Minnesota heads for 'patent cliff'
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The University of Minnesota's research community will be out of a big chunk of spending money as patents on a blockbuster HIV drug expire. The school has made more than $350 million off a drug invented on campus in the 1980s, but as the patents expire, those royalties are dwindling toward zero. And that means fewer investments into research. The HIV drug Ziagen was a prime example of what commercializing research — called "tech transfer" — can mean for a university. More

AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting
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The AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting, March 14-17 at the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, Calif., is a networking and professional development conference that draws from the global community of technology transfer professionals from academia and industry, venture investors and other intellectual property experts. The meeting, a four-day educational and networking event, features special interest groups, educational tracks and interactive workshops developed for seasoned technology transfer professionals and newcomers to the field. More

Swiss technology transfer organization Unitectra wins the 2011 European Biotechnica Award (Biotechnica via AUTM)

cycleWood Solutions takes the guilt out of plastic bags (Business @ the U of M)

FDA grant launches Atlanta Pediatric Device Consortium (Newswise)

International stem cell's research scientists successfully completed the first series of preclinical animal trials of neuronal cells (Business Wire via Market Watch)


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