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Improving University Technology Transfer and Commercialization
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The federal government invests $147 billion in U.S. research and development, with $90 billion going to institutions of higher learning to underwrite faculty research projects and the training of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. However, based on licensing fees, federal dollars generate a very small rate of return on investment. But does focusing on patents, licenses and startups place too much emphasis on outputs as opposed to outcomes? More

Big Bang Economics: Using Physics for Tech Commercialization
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With an increased emphasis on economic diversification, the Nevada's Terawatt Facility is looking for ways to commercialize its research and technologies into business opportunities. With potential applications for things such as medical treatments and technologies for the defense industry, the facility is welcoming the challenge to boost its tech commercialization chops. More

Oregon Health & Science University Reports Increase in Patents, Business Deals
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Oregon Health & Science University continues to increase its number of patents as well as partnerships with private industry. The university's Technology Transfer and Business Development office inked $12.8 million worth of industry-sponsored research agreements in its most recent fiscal year, up from the year before. More

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Wake Forest Researchers Produce a Better Light Bulb, Other Innovations
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A new kind of light bulb that could eventually bring $500 million a year to Wake Forest University is just one of the research results that hold promise for replacing the royalties from a wound-repair system whose valuable revenue is stuck in legal limbo. More

University of Washington Spinout Funded by Madrona to Build Cheap Home Sensor Networks
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A team including a University of Washington professor and one of Seattle's top serial entrepreneurs just landed $1.5 million from Madrona Venture Group and others to build a small, inexpensive, long-lasting wireless sensor network that could revolutionize home hazards detection. 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

Most Patent Plaintiffs Don't Create Anything
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Patent lawsuits brought by companies that don't make anything have sharply increased and now make up 65 percent of such actions in the U.S., a new study shows. That has soared from 45 percent in 2011 and 23 percent five years ago. A Santa Clara University law professor who presented the study is careful not to call these companies patent trolls. She prefers "patent assertion entities," stating that it isn't clear yet whether their activities are entirely negative. More

Recharge Your Electric Car Through Its Tires
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Researchers at Toyohashi University of Technology have demonstrated the transfer of electric power from wheels to power an electric car using dielectric coupling between a steel belt in a tire and a metal plate in a roadway. The approach exploits the steel belt usually embedded in rubber tires by collecting power from a pair of electrodes buried beneath the road surface. More

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Register Now for AUTM's 2013 Annual Meeting — Save $75
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Feb. 27 - March 2, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX USA
Early Registration Deadline: Jan. 9.

Register for the AUTM 2013 Annual Meeting by Jan. 9 and save $75. Need to register by mail or fax? Download an application here.

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    Exhibit space is going fast, so don't miss this opportunity for one-on-one contact with the leaders in the technology transfer field. Download the exhibitor prospectus and contract.

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    AUTM Releases 2011 U.S. Licensing Survey
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    The results of the AUTM U.S. Licensing Activity Survey: FY2011, and the AUTM Canadian Licensing Activity Survey: FY2011 are now available.

    The most comprehensive report of its kind, the AUTM licensing surveys include licensing data from North American universities, hospitals and research institutions. Information gathered includes the number of patents, the number of invention disclosures, the number of startups created and the amount of licensing income received.

    If your institution participated in the survey, you are entitled to a free copy. On Monday, copies were emailed to the person at each institution who completed the survey. See that individual for your copy.

    If your institution did not participate in the survey, you can purchase it. AUTM members receive a significant discount.

    Purchase the AUTM FY2011 U.S. Licensing Activity Survey
    Purchase the AUTM FY2011 Canadian Licensing Activity Survey

    AUTM Membership Renewal
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    There has never been a more exciting time to be an AUTM member! Your 2013 AUTM membership will connect you to the knowledge, resources and networking you need to meet the challenges and opportunities our profession offers every day.

    Memberships will lapse on Jan. 1, so it's important to renew by Dec . 31 to avoid a disruption of your member benefits.

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

    Cork the Key to Unlocking the Potential of Graphene
    (Monash University)

    Caltech Engineers Invent Light-focusing Device That May Lead to Applications in Computing, Communications and Imaging
    (California Institute of Technology)

    Device Helps Children with Disabilities Access Tablets
    (Georgia Tech University)

    New '4-D' Transistor is Preview of Future Computers
    (Purdue University)


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