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Mar. 22, 2012

Mayo v. Prometheus: Natural Process + Known Elements = Normally No Patent
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A unanimous (9–0) Supreme Court has held that the personalized medicine dosing process invented by Prometheus is not eligible for patent protection because the process is effectively an unpatentable law of nature. This decision reverses the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's holding that the claims were patentable because they included substantial physical limitations. More

U.S. universities retain lead in patent applications
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Universities in the United States still lead in international patent applications, and represent 30 of the top 50 academic institutions filling patents under the international patent cooperation treaty. A report released this month by the World Intellectual Property Organization, the U.N. agency responsible for the treaty, said American universities filed more applications than those of any other country, though non-American universities are gaining ground. More

CU cuts deal with Boulder's ColdQuanta to commercialize ultracold matter tech
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The University of Colorado announced Monday that it finalized an agreement that will allow a Boulder-based company to commercialize its ultracold matter technology, which has potential applications ranging from atomic clocks to the navigation of spacecraft and submarines. CU made the deal with ColdQuanta Inc. of Boulder, but Lindsay Lennox with CU's Technology Transfer Office said the financial details are confidential. More

3D Biomatrix's technology gains attention
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3D Biomatrix wants to take pharmaceutical research to a new dimension. The young University of Michigan biotech spin-off started selling product just last August, and it still has only three employees. But its technology has garnered appreciative reviews in the Economist and various scientific journals, and investors are taking notice. Laura Schrader, the CEO recruited a year ago to help steer the company's emergence, said she joined 3D Biomatrix because it looked like a potential winner. More

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Supreme Court ruling throws doubt over countless life-sciences patents
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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously declared a company's patents on a medical-testing process invalid, a decision that could affect the patentability of countless numbers of life-sciences inventions developed at universities and other research institutions. Patent claims that merely describe natural phenomena are not patent-eligible, the court said, and the diagnostic procedure outlined in the patents at stake in the case "adds nothing to the laws of nature that is not already present when the steps are considered separately." The patents in the case, Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories Inc. (No. 10-1150), covered a process by which doctors established a drug dosage for patients with Crohn's disease. More

Bacteria gene leaps across species barrier
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A bacterial gene has somehow lept across the species barrier and landed in the genetic makeup of an insect. While it's a mystery how the gene got there, it's been a big help to the insect. The insect, called the coffee berry borer, is the bane of coffee plantations worldwide. It lives on nothing but coffee beans and causes about $500 million of damage every year. Coffee researchers in Colombia were not looking for cases of cross-species gene swapping. They were simply trying to figure out how the coffee berry borer drilled its way into the coffee bean. More

To stay on top, the U.S. must invest in research universities
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The road to economic success has been pretty bumpy so far this century. Over-speculation in real estate, excessive government spending, unfunded and unaffordable pensions, the collapse of financial institutions, and the worldwide competition for jobs have all exacted their toll. As individuals, companies and countries search for something magical to promote a competitive future, there is strong evidence that the ultimate wealth-creating machine is something created here in America and increasingly being noticed and copied by the rest of the world. More

Graphensic kicks off production
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A group of researchers at Linköping University are now marketing their method of producing graphene. There is great interest in the Nobel Prize-winning material, which is suitable for things such as high-frequency electronics. High quality graphene manufactured at Linköping has been supplying other research teams with the material for several years. The demand is now so great that the researchers have formed a company, Graphensic AB. More

Computer scientists develop app for sign language users
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Computer scientists from the University of Aberdeen have developed a new technology that could transform the lives of people who are deaf or hard of hearing. They have created an app for use on portable devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, where people can sign into a standard camera, which is translated into text for other people to read. The aim of the technology is to improve communication with other people who cannot sign and boost the employment opportunities for young deaf people. More

AUTM appoints Todd Sherer President
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AUTM announced the installation of Todd Sherer, Ph.D., CLP, as President of the AUTM Board of Directors.

"AUTM is an association that I feel passionately about as it has been invaluable to me throughout my career," says Sherer. "I believe this is an exciting time to lead this organization because this is a great time to be a technology transfer professional," adds Sherer.

Other newly installed directors include: Nikki J. Borman, Borman and Company LLC; Sean Flanigan, University of Ottawa; Richard Kordal, Louisina Tech University; Dipanjan Nag, IPShaki LLC; Kevin L. Wozniak, Georgia Institute of Technology.

AUTM debuts GTP at AUTM 2012 Annual Meeting
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The GTP now features nearly 13,000 available technologies. A "How to Use the AUTM GTP" video is available on YouTube. More

AUTM and USPTO announce joint initiative to train patent examiners
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AUTM and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced a joint program last week during the AUTM Annual Meeting in Anaheim, CA. During the March 15 plenary session, David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) urged AUTM members to identify faculty to participate in the AUTM/USPTO Patent Examiners Training Initiative. More

Sharing patents with competitors may encourage innovation, UB study suggests (University at Buffalo NewsCenter)

Xiamen University Partners With Leading Technology and Energy Providers to Build China's First Direct-Current Microgrid (Xiamen University via Energy Digital)

Scientists find protein critical for tissue regeneration (University of California, Merced via Medical Xpress)

Better Organic Electronics: Researchers Show the Way Forward for Improving Organic and Molecular Electronic Devices (U.S. Department of Energy via ScienceDaily)

AUTM and USPTO Announce Joint Initiative (Newswise)


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