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USPTO Director David Kappos Resigns    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
USPTO Director David Kappos has announced that he will leave the office early next year, perhaps by the end of January. He became the Director in 2009, leaving his position as essentially Head Patent Counsel at IBM. He brought much-needed patent law expertise to the office and began a number of initiatives designed to improve examination efficiency, as well as to expedite prosecution of applications claiming "green technology." More

Hatching Ideas, and Companies, by the Dozens at MIT
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How do you take particles in a test tube, or components in a tiny chip, and turn them into a $100 million company? Langer Labs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology knows how. Since the 1980s, it has spun out companies whose products treat cancer, diabetes, heart disease and schizophrenia, among other diseases, and even thicken hair. More

Universities Struggle with Falling Invention Royalties
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Income from invention royalties at the University of Minnesota and University of Iowa has plummeted faster the past two years than at all but a handful of U.S. research institutions, an analysis of royalties data shows. The declines, a challenge looming for many universities, comes as colleges face a "perfect storm" of destabilized state and federal funding. More

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Why Startups Need to Start Putting Customers First
The Globe and Mail (commentary)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The University of Waterloo developed its first robotic vehicle in 2008. It's original purpose: environmental monitoring. Capable of performing different functions, the system generated demand from researchers across the university. Recognizing the potential to commercialize the technology and adapt it for other sectors, including defense, made finding a paying customer a top priority. More

Arkansas Changes Focus on Moving Ideas to the Market
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A reorganization of technology offices at the University of Arkansas will increase the speed at which research reaches the marketplace. It was announced that the University of Arkansas and University of Arkansas System's Division of Agriculture reorganized the UA technology office, which will now be known as Technology Ventures. More

Oregon Universities Hitting Technology Transfer Strides
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Oregon Health & Science University officials recently released a slew of good technology transfer news. For starters, they've hit all-time highs in terms of patents, research agreements and research funds collected from private companies. It's a fruit-of-one's-labors step for OHSU, which doubled its technology transfer office's size in July 2011. But the Portland research giants aren't the only ones celebrating. 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

University of Nottingham Awarded for Low Salt Technology
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A healthy and innovative low salt ingredient developed by the University of Nottingham won a prestigious international award, heralding the product's salt reducing technology. Salt content in food is reduced as a result of the university's research into SODA-LO, soon to be commercialized by Nottingham's business partner, Eminate. Eminate works with the university's technology transfer office to turn academic research into commercial products and services. More

New Technology to Revolutionize Fresh Fruit Industry
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Materials scientists from The University of Queensland's School of Agriculture and Food Sciences are set to revolutionize the fresh fruit industry with a new technology that converts gases into a powder form. The technology dramatically improves the safety, efficiency and effort involved in controlled ripening of fruit. UniQuest, UQ's main research commercialization company, will prepare the technology for industry investment and licensing opportunities. More

AUTM Membership Renewal
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  • AUTM Member Needs Survey Task Force Seeks Volunteers
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