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Nov. 23, 2011

Rise in intellectual property is changing face of innovation
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Ownership of intellectual property rights has become central to the strategies of innovative companies worldwide, with increasing investment in R&D and the development of global markets driving demand for patents from 800,000 applications in the early 1980s to 1.8 million in 2009, according to the World Intellectual Property Organization. Many countries have put in place policies to harness public research for innovation. One element of such policies is to incentive's patenting by university and public research organizations and the subsequent commercial development of their inventions. University filings under the WIPO's Patent Cooperation Treaty have grown from close to zero in the 1980s to more than 15,000 in 2010. More

How the America Invents Act will change patent litigation
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President Barack Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act Sept. 16, enacting it into law. The act — the first significant overhaul of the U.S. patent system in nearly 60 years — was preceded by months of debate and speculation about which proposed reforms would finally become law. The act will have significant, immediate impacts on patent litigation. Many of its litigation-related provisions will go into effect on the date of enactment, and a few will apply retroactively. More

Rochester researchers get US patent for HPV work
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The University of Rochester has been awarded a U.S. patent for research essential to both human papillomavirus vaccines on the market. The patent is for the creation of virus-like particles that mimic HPV 16, the type of HPV that causes the majority of all cancers related to HPV — including about 50 percent of cervical cancers, more than 90 percent of oropharyngeal cancers, and also cancers that affect the vulva, vagina, penis and anus. More

Iowa State University scientists discover biomass technology
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Research at Iowa State University has led to discovery of a genetic method that can increase biomass in algae by 50 to 80 percent. The breakthrough comes from expressing certain genes in algae that increase the amount of photosynthesis in the plant, which leads to more biomass. This patent-pending technology is available for licensing from the Iowa State University Research Foundation, which also provided technology development funds. More

University of Michigan signs '1st of its kind' pharma research deal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The University of Michigan Medical School has signed a three-year deal with a division of global pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca to collaborate on biotechnology research projects. The university issued a statement describing the deal as a "new type of agreement" in which scientists from the university and AstraZeneca's MedImmune unit will work together closely to pursue new technologies. It was not immediately clear how the financial relationship between Michigan and MedImmune would work or how much it's worth. In its typical technology deals, the university secures licensing fees, royalties or equity in exchange for its intellectual property. More

The old college try for startups
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Jerald Vogel believes his company's research could prevent airplane crashes and save lives — if he can get his technology to market. His company, VSI Aerospace, recently won $25,000 in the John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition. The top three winners were startups created by researchers at ISU or the University of Iowa. Professors face pressure to turn research into businesses, and officials expect universities to help drive economic growth and create jobs. How to succeed at tech transfer is a puzzle worthy of a stack of doctoral dissertations. More

Harvard builds its startup muscle
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The push to foster startups at Harvard University is intensifying, possibly adding a new specialty to the august institution. The moves could also signify something big for the Boston innovation cluster — perhaps helping shed Boston's image as a place where consumer web ventures can't thrive. That's according to some of those behind the Harvard Innovation Lab, a 30,000-square-foot, $20 million investment by Harvard into helping startups hatch and scale at the university. More

AUTM Venture Forum
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Friday, March 16
2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

The AUTM 2012 Venture Forum will provide AUTM attendees the opportunity to hear from and interact with some of the top institutional and corporate venture investors in the country. The Venture Forum will consist principally of two events: the business plan competition and a venture capital panel discussion.

AUTM | Member benefits
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AUTM would like to express our appreciation to organizations that encourage their technology transfer professionals to join AUTM and receive the many benefits of membership. Read about how your organization can benefit from the AUTM Membership Appreciation Program. More

University of Calgary: A bear's eye view: Innovative technology to help assess impact of natural resource planning on wildlife (Comtex via MarketWatch)

Simulator takes aim at fishing vessel stability (Canadian OH&S News)

Vehicle-to-grid tech to connect only 100K cars by 2017 (GigaOM)

Pennsylvania DCED: New investments helping grow nanotechnology industry statewide (PR Newswire via MarketWatch)




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