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The New Cold War: On the Frontlines of the Costliest Battle in the High-tech World
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The morning that Michael Risch inserted himself into the battle between a Fortune 100 company and the man known as the "father of the iPod" began like any other, with a wake-up call from his six-year-old son. Risch, a professor of intellectual-property law at Villanova University, padded to the kitchen of his suburban Philadelphia home and — in a move that his wife hated — joined his family at the table, laptop in hand. More

Stanford Scientists Create Self-healing, Touch-sensitive Skin
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Material scientists at Stanford may have created synthetic skin better than the original. The plastic skin is conductive, sensitive to touch, and capable of repeatedly self-healing at room temperature. ExtremeTech reported on the details of the new discovery, which promises to revolutionize prosthetic limbs. More

Why So Many High-potential Startups Fail in Canada
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When a group of University of Waterloo alumni invented modeling software that could monitor and assess the energy use of large facilities in real time, they knew the technology had commercial potential. After all, this innovation could help firms make educated decisions on energy management, optimizing operations, saving money, and increasing profitability. What company wouldn't want that? The real challenge was bringing this innovation to market. More

Michigan Startups Amaze As Tech Tour Continues
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When reporter Matt Roush asks university tech transfer officials to see their four or five coolest "science projects" that have economic development potential, they always say they have so many it's a tough choice. But try to imagine the tough choices faced by the University of Michigan, which has a research budget of a staggering $1.2 billion-plus a year, consistently among the top five in the nation. How the heck do you pick? More

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UC Davis Inspires Manufacturer to Build Super-efficient AC Unit
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A University of California challenge to build more energy-efficient air conditioning has spurred AC manufacturer Trane to build a claimed 40 percent more energy efficient rooftop AC unit. The challenge, established in 2008 by the UC Davis Western Cooling Efficiency Center, aims to help manufacturers develop more efficient cooling technologies, particularly for hot, arid climates, such as in California. The program also helps building owners install and use those products. More

UMass Medical Technology Gets Patent, Milestone Payment
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A British biotech company will pay University of Massachusetts Medical School a milestone payment as a result of a U.S. patent received in conjunction with the Carnegie Institution. The medical school and Carnegie signed a license agreement in 2008 with Oxford BioMedica for the right to RNA interference technology. More

NAI Conference: Call for Abstracts

The 2nd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors will be held Feb. 21-22, 2013, in Tampa, Florida. Theme: “Changing the Culture of Academic Innovation”. Submit abstracts by Dec. 10, 2012. Keynotes by USPTO Commissioner for Patents Focarino & MIT’s Robert Langer. Induction of NAI Charter Fellows. Read More

New HIV Vaccine Shows Promising Results and No Adverse Side-effects
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Canadian researchers working to develop the world's first HIV vaccine announced that they have cleared a major hurdle. Initial results from a Phase I trial conducted by scientists at Western University has shown no adverse effects while significantly boosting immunity. The vaccine, which is based on a genetically modified, dead virus, can now progress to the next stage of testing. If all continues to go well, the vaccine could be commercially available in five years. More

Bringing 'Minority Report' Touchless Gestures to Windows 8
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Elliptic Labs wants to bring the touchless gesture controls seen in the science-fiction film "Minority Report" to everyday consumer electronic devices, starting with Windows 8. The company — a Norwegian university spinout with offices in Oslo and Silicon Valley — unveiled a set of tools to help consumer electronic companies enable touchless controls in their products. These would be similar to the kind of gesture controls seen with the Xbox 360 Kinect and in certain smart televisions like a few models from Samsung Electronics, but presumably would work more smoothly. More

AUTM Membership Renewal
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Confirm your commitment to lifelong learning and affiliation with the world's premier academic technology transfer community by renewing your AUTM membership for 2013. There are plenty of membership benefits, including AUTM's 2013 Membership Appreciation Program. Read about them here.

For more information and to renew, visit AUTM online or contact AUTM headquarters at or +1-847-559-0846.

AUTM 2013 Venture Forum Business Plan Competition Accepting Applications
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EXTENDED Application Deadline: Nov. 16
AUTM seeks academic and research institution-affiliated startup companies to participate in the AUTM 2013 Venture Forum Business Plan Competition, taking place March 1 during the AUTM Annual Meeting in San Antonio, TX. A forum for academic-affiliated startups to pitch their business opportunity to a panel of seasoned venture investors, the competition provides valuable experience and feedback to participants — plus a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize!

The EXTENDED Application deadline is Friday, Nov. 16. Learn more and apply online today. Awarded 2012 MarCom Gold Award
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The Association of Marketing and Communications Professionals has awarded AUTM's new responsive website,, a GOLD award in the 2012 MarCom Awards' Design/Web Mobile Website category.

The MarComAwards is an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals. Winners represent a range of businesses, from individual communicators to media conglomerates and Fortune 500 companies. There were more than 6,000 entries across the competition's multiple categories.

AUTM's Website Committee, working with staff members, proudly launched the major revision to the website in September.

Utah Engineering Prof Invents Smart Insole to Correct Walking Abnormalities
(University of Utah)

For Leukemia, Chemo 'Sidekick' May Extend Lives
(Cardiff University)

SMART Arm Helps Stroke Survivors Recover Faster
(University of Queensland)


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