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University of Rochester Creates URVentures
Democrat & Chronicle
University of Rochester (UR) officials have renamed their technology transfer office URVentures and announced a new plan to aggressively pursue the commercialization of technologies developed by its researchers and students. The new name is "trying to make a clean break from the past," said Scott Catlin, UR's associate vice president for innovation and technology commercialization.
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Doug Moe: A Passion for Patents
Wisconsin State Journal
Columnist Doug Moe writes about Howard Bremer, a staple of AUTM and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation who died earlier this month. Moe defines Bremer as "warm and humorous, personally modest, but proud of what WARF had accomplished in his decades there."
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US Approves Drug Developed from UWA Technology
A technology project originally developed by researchers at The University of Western Australia has secured approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration for its first drug. The FDA has approved Zorvolex, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug to treat mild-to-moderate acute pain in adults.
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  NAI Fellows: Call for Nominations
Nominate your distinguished faculty inventors as 2013 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. Last year’s Fellows class of 101 distinguished innovators included 8 Nobel Laureates, 14 university presidents, 7 National Medal winners, 53 members of the National Academies, 11 Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, … Read More

TechFW@UTA to Propel University Research, Innovation Toward Commercialization
The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Arlington and TechFW, a Fort Worth-based technology startup initiative, have agreed to a multiyear partnership to commercialize University research and move innovation to the marketplace. TechFW@UTA will offer training and educational programs to UT Arlington faculty, staff and students. UTA faculty members and research teams will gain access to the North Texas entrepreneurial community through the TechFW network.
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College Tinkerer's Idea Could Drastically Improve Batteries
McClatchy-Tribune via Knoxville News Sentinel
Brandon Lojewski has taken his college engineering lab project into a high-tech startup. The Orlando, FL, company, Mesdi Systems Inc., develops miniature-spray equipment for dousing protective coatings on microbatteries and other electronic components.
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Johns Hopkins' New Tech Transfer Chief Talks Priorities, Offers
Tips for Startups

Baltimore Business Journal
Christy Wyskiel is the new senior adviser to the president for enterprise development at Johns Hopkins University. Wyskiel has previously worked as an investor in early stage and startup companies. She has also provided business and management support to startups, such as Hopkins spinout GrayBug.
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Polish Ministry Plans IP Reform, Shifting Rights from
Universities to Researchers

Intellectual Property Watch
Poland's Minister of Science and Higher Education has announced plans to modify Poland's intellectual property law by providing scientists with property rights to the results of their research. The ministry aims to boost innovation among Polish researchers by safeguarding that inventors receive the financial benefits generated by intellectual property rights to their inventions.
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WARF Donates to Howard Bremer Scholarships to Honor a Pioneer
AUTM started the Howard Bremer Scholarships in 2002 to support students and professionals new to the technology transfer field. Since its inception AUTM has funded these scholarships from its operating account. During Howard’s last days, the WARF Board of Directors decided to donate $53,000 to AUTM to support the scholarship. The $53,000 amount was chosen in recognition of the 53 years Howard worked for WARF. In her blog, AUTM Executive Director Vicki Loise discusses the scholarships and how important Bremer was to the field of technology transfer.
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AUTM Membership Renewal
It's time to reiterate your commitment to lifelong learning and confirm your affiliation with the world's premier academic technology transfer community by renewing your AUTM membership for 2014. If you're planning to attend the AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting, Feb. 19-22, in San Francisco, CA, your membership discount for this meeting alone will more than offset the cost of your membership. There are plenty of other membership features and benefits, too. Read about them here.

For more information, contact AUTM headquarters at or 1-847-559-0846.

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AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting to Offer Free Mini-Courses
Feb. 19-22, 2014, San Francisco Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, CA, USA

At its AUTM 2014 Annual Meeting, AUTM is offering four mini-courses that will enable attendees to experience AUTM’s professional development programs free of charge. Learn more. Additional Professional Development Opportunities will also be offered to help attendees maximize their time out of the office. Learn more about the courses available this year.

Register for the Annual Meeting online. Accommodations & travel information. Detailed program.

Need to register by mail or fax? Download a registration form here.

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AUTM Community Mourns Passing of Howard Bremer
AUTM mourns the passing of Howard Bremer, one of the most important, most influential, most generous and most beloved members of the technology transfer profession. Bremer passed away on Oct. 11 at the age of 90.

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Entrepreneurship Clinic Helps Students Innovate
The Michigan Daily
The University of Michigan is a hotbed for innovation. In an effort to reach out to promising undergraduates, the university launched its Master of Entrepreneurship Joint Degree, sponsored by the College of Engineering, the Ross School of Business and the Office of Technology Transfer.

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A Look at University-Managed Funds
Global University Venturing
Technology transfer policies are always at the center of policy debate. As suggested by the European Commission in 2007, technology transfer schemes are reputed to be "the processes for capturing, collecting and sharing explicit and tacit knowledge, including skills and competence" and so constitute a fundamental engine for enhancing economic and social welfare.

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2014 Annual Meeting Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities
Prime booth space at the AUTM Annual Meeting is limited. Act now to secure this opportunity to unveil products and services, investigate resources and build client relationships. Register to exhibit.

Looking for another way to reach your target audience? Consider a sponsorship package. Packages range from $1,000 to $25,000 and can be full customized to fit your needs. Opportunities are going fast. Submit your contract.

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AUTM Webinars
AUTM has announced the following webinars:
    Oct. 30, 4-5:30 p.m. EDT (note the later time of the webinar)
    Open Innovation
    This informational workshop is for licensing staff working at universities, federal labs and within the industry.

    Nov. 7, Noon-1:30 p.m. EST
    Assignments, Declarations & POAs
    This webinar is designed for administrative and support staff, however; all audiences will benefit from hearing the latest information regarding this topic.

    Nov. 13, Noon-1:30 p.m. EST
    Taming the MTA Beast: Tips for Negotiating & Managing Material Transfer Agreements
    This online course is designed for technology transfer professionals and other university or nonprofit research institutional administrators who have MTA management responsibilities. All levels are welcome, and there will be something for everyone.

    Dec. 4, Noon-1:30 p.m. EST
    Royalties and Relationships – Keeping Current, Complete and Congenial
    This webinar is ideal for any licensor interested in improving management of licensee relationships related to financial reporting and collections.
To view the complete list of upcoming webinars, click here. AUTM also offers on-demand webinars and other professional development sessions. View the complete list.

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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    The Passing of a Legend: Remembering Howard W. Bremer (IPWatchdog)
A Look at University-Managed Funds (Global University Venturing)
Licensing Deal Marks Coming of Age for Washington, UAB (The University of Washington via EurekAlert)
Entrepreneurship Clinic Helps Students Innovate (The Michigan Daily)

Don't be left behind. Click here to see what else you missed.

Model IIA Developed by Group of US Universities
This past year, a number of U.S. universities hashed out a Model Inter-Institutional Agreement (Model IIA) to create a common starting point for IIA negotiations. It is intended to supplement, not replace, the existing body of IIA templates, although some institutions may choose to use it as their standard template agreement.

Links to the Model IIA, the Model Preliminary Patent Management Agreement, and a User Guide are now available on the AUTM website:

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Michigan Medical School Puts Medical Innovation on 'Fast Forward' with
Record Year, New Innovation Chief

(University of Michigan)

Tech Transfer Office Established at Harford Business Innovation Center
(The Baltimore Sun)

Bridging Academia, Industry for Future Growth
(The Korea Herald)


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