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Undergraduate research and American innovation
Council on Undergraduate Research via Newswise    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every day, across the nation, undergraduate students are engaged in research that is reshaping their education. This Capitol Hill briefing will feature two national experts and their students discussing the transformative educational role of undergraduate research with a corresponding discussion of the federal programs that support this work. Robert Full, PhD, Professor of Biology, University of California-Berkeley and Paul Edmiston, PhD, Associate Professor of Chemistry, The College of Wooster, along with two of their student researchers will be presenting their contributions to the STEM fields as a result of their faculty-student collaboration. More

Chinese official: Intellectual property is safe in partnership with University of Michigan    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A top Chinese university executive offered her assurance that technology developed through a new partnership with the University of Michigan would be shared properly through an intellectual property agreement negotiated by the two universities. The University of Michigan executives and officials from Peking University met in Ann Arbor to sign an agreement officially establishing a joint institute to pursue medical technologies. The agreement between the University of Michigan Medical School and Peking University Health Science Center will include collaborative research projects, clinical trials and exchanging of faculty scientists and doctors. Both universities will contribute $7 million to fund the institute. More

Colorado State University reports 150 percent increase
in inventions since 2006

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Colorado State University researchers filed a record number of invention disclosures this year, for a 150 percent increase compared to the number of disclosures filed in 2006. The number of invention disclosures has grown consistently from 42 in fiscal year 2005-2006 to 119 in 2009-2010, according to the Colorado State University Research Foundation. CSURF is the arm of the university that handles intellectual property patenting and licensing management, real estate and financing of equipment. Annual invention disclosures related to clean energy, infectious diseases and cancer research — the focus of Colorado State University's three Superclusters — increased sixfold over the same time period, from 10 in 2006 to 60 in fiscal 2010. More

Fusion IP reports massive jump in annual revenues
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Fusion IP, a company based out of the United Kingdom, reported a significantly improved financial performance with a massive increase in revenue to £4.4 million. "This has been an encouraging year," chief executive David Baynes said. "We have taken considerable strides towards profitability." Fusion invests in new companies and technology that are formed from university research. The company supports the intellectual property owners as they develop their products and take them to market. The university IP commercialization specialist has investments in 23 portfolio companies. The IP originates from Cardiff University and the University of Sheffield both in the United Kingdom. Fusion has long-term deals with both institutions. More

Makerere University sets up intellectual property unit to
protect staff innovations

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Makerere University in Texas has established an intellectual property unit to protect innovations of staff and students. George William Nasinyama, PhD, the deputy director in charge of research, says although the institution is still constrained by lack of resources, many people are still ignorant of the functions of intellectual property. "We established an IP Unit based in the school of Graduate Studies and it is to benefit the lecturers and students who come up with innovations and need to protect their rights. It is the first in Ugandan universities and we shall offer support to others. However, we don't have the resources — both human and financial — to make it functional and the community is still ignorant on intellectual property functions," Nasinyama said. More

New fund launched to aid technology commercialization
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The University of Rochester has unveiled a new program to foster the continued development of promising new technologies. The Technology Development Fund will award grants to scientists in an effort to help advance a technology closer to the stage where it can be transferred to the market. The bulk of the technological discoveries made in academic institutions like the University of Rochester are in fundamental science and engineering fields. Typically, a researcher will obtain a government grant to fund a defined research project and when the project is completed, the technology essentially "freezes" where it is. More

New rice varieties add to Mississippi State University IP list
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Mississippi State University researchers added two rice varieties this year to the university's growing list of IP holdings that generate revenue and benefit consumers. As a major research institution, MSU holds a number of commercially valuable patents and other forms of IP protections. This summer, researchers at MSU's Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville released a new conventional rice variety named Rex. They also submitted a Clearfield variety to a company for potential commercial release. More

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Startup launches to bring affordable, efficient wind power
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Totempower Energy Systems Ltd. — a cleantech startup which aims to create small-scale wind turbines that are cheaper, more efficient, and easier to install and maintain than current models — has launched, with backing from City University London. City University London has granted an exclusive intellectual property license to and taken an equity stake in Totempower. The company will focus on the fast-growing micro-generation market, developing wind turbines for individual households, small businesses and communities, based on an advanced University aerodynamics patent. More

Universities are trying too hard to cash in on discoveries,
says panel

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It's been 30 years since Congress revised U.S. patent laws to encourage universities to embrace the world of commerce. Critics predicted that the integrity of academic research would be compromised by patent-grubbing and attempts to build companies around the latest laboratory findings. But such fears did not come true, says a new report from the National Academies. The panel — chaired by Mark Wrighton, Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis — examined a vast file of scholarly work on how universities have managed intellectual property in the wake of the 1980 Bayh-Dole Act and concluded that things are pretty much hunky-dory right now. Or, as the report says: The Bayh-Dole legal framework and the practices of universities have not seriously undermined academic norms of uninhibited inquiry, open communication, or faculty advancement based on scholarly merit. There is little evidence that IP [intellectual property] considerations interfere with other important avenues of transferring research results to development and commercial use. More

University of Minnesota startup will offer novel treatment
for serious, painful vein condition

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The University of Minnesota has launched a startup company based on the research of Erik Cressman, a professor and clinician in the radiology department of the university's Medical School. XO Thermix Medical's first product will be a medical device that treats chronic venous insufficiency with a significant reduction in procedure time, which could lower cost, and much less patient discomfort than current treatments. More than nine million Americans have significant CVI, a condition triggered by problems in one or more superficial leg veins that have blood leakage around the valves that cause the vein to remain filled with blood, especially when standing. More

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