• Innovation Across Borders: Rodrigo del Canto on Global Technology Transfer

    In the industry of technology transfer, diverse perspectives from around the world not only help us understand how things work in other countries but also provide fresh ideas for our own organizations. Joining us today is Rodrigo del Canto, Director of Technology Transfer at iCono UDD in Santiago, Chile.

    Rodrigo del Canto is a seasoned professional in technology transfer and innovation, holding key roles at iCono UDD. With a background in law and public policy, Rodrigo extensively contributes to academia as a professor at Universidad del Desarrollo. He is actively involved in institutional committees focusing on intellectual property, R&D commercialization, and entrepreneurship ecosystems.

    Today, we explore how iCono UDD has been instrumental in promoting innovation and facilitating technology transfer in Chile. We dive into specific project initiatives and their impact. Another discussion point will be iCono UDD's engagement with international partners. 

    We uncover the key ingredients for successful international collaborations in the field of technology transfer. We also look ahead at trends and technologies on the horizon that could significantly shape the future of technology transfer, both in Chile and globally.


    In This Episode:

    [02:04] iCono UDD stands out for its client focused approach and adaptability. They integrate innovation and entrepreneurship within an ecosystem that fosters collaboration.

    [03:01] Rodrigo shares initiatives like mentorship programs for startups, intellectual property licensing, and collaborations with companies to solve specific challenges.

    [03:47] They're also particularly proud of a collaboration with their former President Sebastian Pinera who was killed in a helicopter accident.

    [04:16] iCono UDD is a bridge and facilitator for universities, governments, and other collaborators.

    [05:06] They want the innovation developed in their University relevant and applicable to industry and society.

    [05:46] They have a variety of KPIs for their tech transfer projects, including the numbers of patents, licenses assigned, and the number of Industry collaboration projects. General impact also matters. 

    [06:40] They have relationships with International universities such as UC Davis and Georgia Tech. This allows the R&D teams to expand their level of capabilities.

    [07:37]  UC Davis has an International Center established in Chile. This has allowed iCono UDD to send several of their professors to California. Other staff has also participated in training programs for entrepreneurship, tech transfer, and intellectual property.

    [08:54] They've linked with the science school, the architectural school, and the engineering school at UCD.

    [09:16] Rodrigo shares what he feels are the key ingredients for successful international collaborations in the field of technology transfer.

    [10:08] Trends include artificial intelligence and sustainability.

    [12:11] Driving innovation and being recognized in the technology transfer ecosystem and having a passion for work and being recognized for their contributions is a goal of iCono UDD.


    Resources: 

    iCono UDD Technology Transfer

    Rodrigo del Canto Huerta LinkedIn

    UC Davis Chile: An Ally For Chilean Universities


    13m - Apr 17, 2024
  • Innovate, Navigate, Communicate: Dr. Sheila Kadura on Transforming Policy into Tech Transfer Triumphs

    The influence of Washington D.C. corridor issues on tech transfer (technology transfer) operations significantly affects tech transfer professionals in several key ways. From navigating the regulatory environments of compliance and IP to funding, to ethical considerations, there’s a lot to unpack when it comes to translating policy into practice. I’m excited to talk with Dr. Sheila Kadura as she shares her wealth of knowledge and experience on tech transfer and regulatory policy. 

    Dr. Sheila Kadura serves as Associate General Counsel at the University of Texas System, where she is responsible for a broad range of intellectual property matters. Her areas of expertise include patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, sponsored research, clinical trials, and the commercialization and licensing of technology.

    Active both locally and nationally in the intellectual property community, Dr. Kadura contributes significantly to its development and networking. She holds a position on the Executive Board as the Mentorship Chair for the Honorable Lee Yeakel Intellectual Property Inn of Court. Additionally, she serves as the Sponsorship & Finance Advisor for the Texas Chapter of ChIPs, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing and connecting women in technology, law, and policy.


    In This Episode:

    [02:11] Effective strategies for navigating favorable policy changes to support tech transfer. It's important to have open lines of communication with all of the different involved institutions.

    [03:18] With open lines of communication, Dr. Kadura can ask about individual pain points and share information about policy changes.

    [04:35] Underestimated challenges include explaining the process to people. Tech transfer is a positive thing for everyone involved, but the nuances can be complex.

    [06:10] Universities and the government do not have the resources to take intellectual property and turn it into a product. This is why patents and partnerships are so important. Research is different from testing, perfecting, and manufacturing a product.

    [07:30] It's important to communicate with the licensee about how regulation will impact them with the development of a product.

    [09:00]  Emerging technologies and how to best protect intellectual property. Is this something we can patent? Or protected by copyright? This will influence how it's licensed.

    [11:00] Bridging the gap between legal intricacies and scientific innovation includes explaining why the law matters and how to protect the property.

    [12:27] Dr. Kadura talks about mentoring and still practicing the law. She also likes to point out ways that innovation that's coming out of the system is helping the world.

    [15:28] We learn about strategies that help foster a culture of innovation within universities and research institutions. Most of this happens at the university level. Success stories help illustrate the effect of innovation. Training and engaging more faculty is also used.

    [17:05] There are a lot of questions about the changes in march-in rights. The negative effect on tech transfer could be that licensees are less willing to work with us. 

    [19:16] There will also continue to be a lot of activity around AI. The US patent office recently issued its guidance on ai-enabled inventions. There will also be a lot of regulation around data use.

    [19:51] The most pressing priorities for tech transfer professionals include protecting and growing the tech transfer ecosystem for those of us who believe that tech transfer is good. This includes having the ability to identify the things that result in less tech transfer and less licensing.

    [21:10] Keep your government regulation people informed and relate it back to the whole goal of higher education.


    Resources: 

    Sheila Kadura Associate General Counsel The University of Texas System

    Sheila Kadura LinkedIn





    22m - Apr 10, 2024
  • EDI Guide: Nine Points to Consider for Fostering Greater Inclusion in Innovation

    One of our goals at AUTM is to foster greater inclusion in innovation. We are committed to providing guidance to our members and the wider technology transfer community on important global issues. This episode is about one of the newest EDI guides, the Nine Points to Consider for Fostering Greater Inclusion in Innovation. I’m excited to discuss these new guidelines with Almesha Campbell, Jennifer Gottwald, and Jane Muir.

    Almesha Campbell and Jennifer Gottwald are members of the AUTM Women Inventors’ Special Interest Group (WISIG). They also contributed to the creation of this report. 

    Almesha L. Campbell, Ph.D., is the Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Jackson State University (JSU) and the Immediate Past Board Chair of AUTM. She is acknowledged for her dedication to innovation and research translation. She advocates for incorporating innovation and entrepreneurship into the faculty's tenure and promotion criteria.

    Jennifer Gottwald is a Director of Licensing at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), where she has worked for over fifteen years. WARF manages the patenting and licensing for the University of Wisconsin – Madison (UW), the WiCell Research Institute, and the Morgridge Institute for Research. She is a founder and active member of the AUTM Women Inventors’ Special Interest Group (WISIG).

    Jane Muir is recognized as a "Thought Leader" in innovation, with a remarkable 25-year career at the University of Florida specializing in technology commercialization and new venture creation. In 2017, she established Muir & Associates Consulting, providing strategic guidance to companies across the innovation lifecycle. 

    Jane's expertise has made her a sought-after advisor, empowering businesses to achieve tangible results. Notably, she has served as the board chair of AUTM and was a founding member of the AUTM Women Inventors’ Special Interest Group (WISIG).


    In This Episode:

    [03:45] Jane explains how this document came about. It was inspired by a calendar of inventors that turned out to be all men. 

    [05:13] When they decided to feature all women in the calendar, they had to lower the criteria because there weren't enough women inventors.

    [05:40]  After many iterations, the AUTM board wanted to share this with leadership.

    [06:54] How tech transfer offices can use this roadmap. It begins with engaging with women in tech transfer. We can have conversations about each point on campus. 

    [08:38] Go through each point until you've made an impact in each area.

    [09:14] Point 1 is about the lack of diversity and inclusion in all stages of the innovation life cycle. The first point is to acknowledge the lack of diversity in the innovation cycle.

    [11:40] Point 2 is that greater inclusion of women and minorities in all phases of the innovation life cycle will ensure a greater diversity of products that address unmet needs that people from all backgrounds can benefit from.

    [12:04] Look at the demographic background on campus and then have conversations about what the tech transfer office does.

    [15:48] Point 3 Examples of biases and strategies that tech transfer offices can use to address these.

    [16:54] We are always putting our own interpretation on what we hear.

    [20:09] Point 4 It's very important to incorporate trainers that come from diverse backgrounds.

    [21:37] Point 5 Encouraging participation of all faculty in innovation. Have recognition for the faculty that's innovating.

    [26:55] Point 6 Why should efforts be made to ensure that all inventors are given the same level of service before, during and after the invention.

    [28:32] Point 7 Equal consideration and support for all faculty. We need to be intentional about supporting everybody who could be an entrepreneur.

    [31:43] Point 8 Programs should be considered that address the unmet needs and unique challenges faced by women and minorities in the technology commercialization process.

    [32:00] We're not talking about giving any one group preference, we're talking about making sure that everybody has access.

    [34:18] Point 9 Women and minorities need greater access to mentorship. How can tech transfer offices increase this access?

    [35:29]  A lot of people need mentors. Creating a network of off-campus mentors could be very useful.


    Resources: 

    Nine Points to Consider for Fostering Greater Inclusion in Innovation

    Almesha L. Campbell

    Almesha L. Campbell LinkedIn

    Jennifer Gottwald

    Jennifer Gottwald LinkedIn

    Jane Muir ITIF

    Jane Muir LinkedIn

    Project Implicit Unconscious Bias Test

    The Inventor's Patent Academy


    42m - Apr 3, 2024
  • A Vision for Tomorrow: Yoichi Oshima on IP, Tech Transfer, and Innovation Analysis

    In the world of technology transfer, listening to diverse perspectives from across the globe isn't merely about understanding alternative methodologies; it's fundamentally about unlocking fresh ideas that can be integrated into our own organizations. 

    Today, I have the pleasure of speaking with Yoichi Oshima, the Vice President for Government and Industry Relations at Tokyo Tech.

    With a background in electronics engineering, Yoichi possesses extensive experience in both patent examination and semiconductor-related domains. His career has been marked by various significant roles, including professorships and directorships at esteemed institutions such as Tohoku University and the Japan Patent Office. 

    He is a pivotal figure in promoting collaboration between academia and industry through Tokyo Tech's Open Innovation Platform. As an authority in semiconductors, intellectual property, and innovation analysis, Yoichi has contributed to numerous publications, including "Intellectual Property Overview for Engineers."

    We discuss Yoichi's background and his insights on collaboration between academia and industry. We dive into the role of intellectual property in shaping the landscape of tech transfer, especially amidst today's rapid technological advancements. We also explore efforts to foster innovation within academic institutions and initiatives promoting diversity. We cover the current state of tech transfer and the impact of emerging technologies like AI and IoT. Yoichi also offers advice for tech transfer professionals.


    In This Episode:

    [02:07] How Yoichi transitioned from electronic engineering to his current field. After working in the electronic field, Yoichi became a patent examiner. He then moved on to innovation and where he is now. 

    [04:33] Yoichi talks about the evolution of semiconductors and diversity and innovation. Diversity and networking is very important for innovation.

    [06:04] He has extensive experience in patent examination. Yoichi was a patent examiner for 20 years.

    [06:23] The role of IP in tech transfer. A patent is an open way to do transfers. We need to make the patent system more efficient.

    [07:21] Recent industry needs aren't clear. There are challenges that companies face including social issues. To find solutions we need to do design thinking, ask the question, and prototype. 

    [09:06] Innovation thrives on diversity of thought and experience. Yoichi shares examples of promoting inclusion in the tech transfer space. Collaborating with other universities helps Tokyo Tech get the space needed for their experiments.

    [11:05] They've also tried to collaborate with women's universities who don't have adequate engineering departments. Working in a complimentary way has helped develop diversity between the universities.

    [12:44] As a senior aide to the President at Tokyo Tech, finding ways to help semiconductor engineers be more efficient intersects with his work in government and industry relations. It's similar to a mentorship position.

    [14:07] The current state of tech transfer and what Yoichi envisions for its future in light of emerging technologies. The more diversity the more chance to network in a global way. IoT and AI will help with cross communication more than ever before.

    [15:35] Tech transfer advice includes being proud of networking. It's essential for innovation. 

    [16:24] Key Insights from Intellectual Property Overview for Engineers. Yoichi wrote this book, because at the time there weren't quality IP resources for engineers. 

    [17:08] Engineers are interested in how to make a patent for their idea. This book is basic knowledge of how to develop your idea before patenting. Patents are how to make your idea/dream come true. 

    [18:39] Yoichi shares an upcoming project that he is excited about. There's going to be a metaverse technology showcase that anyone from around the world can participate in.


    Resources: 

    Tokyo Tech: Open Innovation Platform

    Yoichi Oshima


    21m - Mar 27, 2024
  • Equality in Academia: Investing in Women for Better Science With Janet, Ulrike, and Ursula

    Academia plays a crucial role in societal progress, supported by significant public funds allocated to higher education and research institutions. However, this support is compromised by pervasive sexism within academia, leading to the loss of talented women and impeding scientific advancement.

    Today, we're addressing a critical issue afflicting academia: sexism and its detrimental effects on science and public funding. Our discussion is inspired by the paper "Sexism In Academia Is Bad For Science And A Waste Of Public Funding," authored by Nicole Boivin, Susanne Täuber, Ulrike Beisiegel, Ursula Keller, and Janet G. Hering.

    We're joined by Professor Janet Hering, Ulrike Beisiegel, and Ursula Keller to delve into the challenges and barriers women face in the academic world. Together, we'll examine the pervasive nature of sexism in academia and its consequences.

    With a distinguished career beginning at Caltech and UCLA before her move to Switzerland in 2007, Professor Hering is the Director Emerita of the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science & Technology (Eawag) and Professor Emerita at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETHZ) and Lausanne (EPFL).

    She is a former Associate Editor of Environmental Science & Technology and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and Academia Europaea. Professor Hering has played a pivotal role in advancing gender equality as the founding Vice Chair of the ETH Women Professors Forum and received a Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering Award from the IUPAC in 2015.

    Ulrike Beisiegel brings extensive experience from her scientific career. She has held significant roles, including Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University Hospital in Hamburg, and as President of the University of Göttingen.

    Ulrike has been an influential figure in the German academic system, with memberships in the German Science Council and the Max-Planck-Society. Her contributions have been acknowledged with honorary doctorates from the Medical Faculty of Umeå and the University of Edinburgh, ensuring her insights will enrich our discussion on sexism in academia.

    Ursula Keller, a distinguished physics professor at ETH Zurich since 1993, is celebrated for her pioneering contributions to ultrafast science and technology. Keller's honors include the Swiss Science Prize Marcel Benoist, the OSA Frederic Ives Medal, and the SPIE Gold Medal.

    Beyond academia, she has ventured into entrepreneurship, co-founding companies like Time-Bandwidth Products and K2 Photonics. She currently serves on the supervisory board of Jenoptik and has authored the graduate textbook "Ultrafast Lasers," published by Springer Verlag. Keller's expertise promises to add a dynamic layer to our conversation today.


    In This Episode:

    [03:58] The causes of gender imbalance and what can be done to correct it. Caring for families can inhibit women's careers. Academia is also dominated by male networks. There's also unconscious bias.

    [04:37] Women need to become more resilient and courageous. Men need to be more open and accept different perspectives.

    [05:08] The academic system has a large number of built-in incentives that encourage competitiveness and sometimes hostility. Awards are given to individuals in small groups even though science is done in large teams.

    [06:15] Ursula talks about how the more successful she became, the less she was accepted. Bias towards women is a substantial problem. 

    [07:45] Ulrike talks about how when women become highly qualified competitors, they become a threat to the male scientists. Female scientists are well tolerated when they adapt to the system and stay quiet.

    [09:04] There are double standards for men and women in every sector. There has been harsh backlash against women in politics.

    [09:42] When there's bad governance the power structure is ruled by informal networks.

    [10:53] Power is masculine annotated. Women are criticized when they are assertive. The benchmarks for leadership quality are measured differently for men and women.

    [12:02] Ulrika talks about how women are criticized when they admit to a mistake, but men aren't criticized even when they make mistakes. They also don't admit to them.

    [13:09] How forcing medical students to work 80 hours a week is a filter against women who are trying to raise a family. Artificial filters waste the education of these qualified people.

    [15:02] Janet talks about science funding. Investment and public funds is made with the expectation that the project will move forward over time and not be cut off. Some of the resources do fall back to the colleagues such as a lab.

    [16:40] It's also a loss of expertise and perspective. There is also a cost to society. Women in the system will see the gaps. 

    [20:41] Younger women also feel like they need to look away when they see a problem when the older female scientists move on to something else. It seems like they need to accept a certain amount of discrimination to survive.

    [21:56] There are also young men who are unhappy with the current system. Men who understand that they are part of the system can be important allies.

    [22:52] Scientists at the end of their careers or about to approach retirement are often willing to step up, because they have nothing to lose at this point. 

    [23:48] The leadership makes a huge difference.

    [24:47] How female presidents don't always support women, because they're afraid of being discriminated against or not re-elected.

    [26:22] To address the systemic problems, there needs to be training and common standards and governance. There should be basic accountability for people in leadership positions.

    [28:40] Transparency can come a long way in opening the door to solutions. Opening things up and being clear about gender distribution and advancement. 

    [30:42] Problems in the system about sexual harassment, accountability, and disciplinary actions.

    [32:43] In universities, performance needs to be recognized and sensibly defined. There needs to be accountability for all.

    [34:42] In the US, the National Science Foundation is demanding accounting from people who are getting funding from them.

    [35:58] Janet advises women to act collectively. Also, look at the allies. There are also advantages for men to make sure it's a fair system for women.

    [37:15] Ursula suggests women also need to be aware of the informal power groups. There is resistance, and women are played against women. Better governance does not mean more bureaucracy.

    [39:27] Ulrika says that we need to have open governance and open communication. Success is increased by diverse opinions including the female perspective.


    Resources: 

    Sexism In Academia Is Bad For Science And A Waste Of Public Funding

    Prof. em. Dr. Janet Hering

    Janet Hering Twitter

    Prof. Ulrike Beisiegel

    Prof. Dr. Ursula Keller

    Ursula Keller Twitter

    Experience of Women at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology


    42m - Mar 20, 2024
  • Breaking Barriers: The Untold Stories of Women Inventors With Rebekah Oakes

    Women's History Month celebrates the vital contributions of women throughout history and into the present day, marking a period where we honor their achievements and resilience across a multitude of fields, notably in areas like technology transfer and innovation.

    Women have always been at the heart of driving change, with their innovative inventions, pioneering research, and entrepreneurial zeal. Despite the hurdles of systemic barriers and gender biases, their perseverance has significantly impacted the landscape of tech transfer, leaving a lasting legacy.

    In today's discussion, we talk about the stories of women inventors and their significant roles in fostering innovation. Our guest, Rebekah Oakes, a historian at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), brings a wealth of knowledge and a deep passion for preserving the narratives of these trailblazers. 

    Rebekah's insights promise to illuminate the contributions of women inventors and celebrate their enduring influence on the world of innovation.


    In This Episode:

    [02:00] Women inventors were applying their unique perspectives to solving real world problems. When we hear their stories it allows us to connect with these inventors in a special way.

    [03:52] Rebekah was surprised to find out that a lot of our modern conveniences and technologies trace back to women inventors and patent holders.

    [04:47] Women inventors have been responsible for the technology we're using for this podcast, including bluetooth, the dishwasher, windshield wipers, and things we use on a daily basis.

    [05:07] The phenomenon of women inventing for other women. Women throughout history have noticed gaps in technology and the market.

    [06:13] Challenges encountered include societal barriers. Many women were just trying to solve a problem. Those who wanted to get a patent did face an uphill battle. 

    [07:30] Manufacturing was male dominated and these inventors were frequently the only woman in the room. Their brave and daring paved the way for the rest of us.

    [08:55] Rebekah shares how Margaret Knight invented a machine that manufactured flat bottom paper bags. Margaret began working in textile mills in England when she was 13 years old. At this age, her first invention was created to increase safety in the mills.

    [10:51] She also had to defend her intellectual property against a man who was trying to steal her patent.

    [11:06] Valerie Thomas was a NASA engineer who remembers checking out her first engineering book from the library called, A Boy's Book Of Electronics.

    [12:34] Women have always been inventors. The US Patent system was created in 1790. Over time, women advocated for rights that would help them enter the patent ecosystem, educational systems, and pursuit of the degrees that they wanted.

    [13:37] Funding was also an issue in the early stages. Successful women challenged society's expectations of what was possible.

    [14:14] The intersectionality of gender and race with women inventors. 

    [14:56] We learn about the inventions of Mary Beatrice Kenner. She invented the precursor to the maxi pad and had positive interest from manufacturers until she met them in person. Mary was black.

    [16:21] She was able to get a patent but wasn't able to financially benefit from it.

    [16:39] Dr Patricia Bath invented the laserphaco tool that revolutionized cataract surgery. She also invented Community Ophthalmology which looks at societal factors to encourage the prevention of disease.

    [18:44] Having a dedicated month to focus on women's contributions in history is a step towards getting us where we need to be. The narrative is also being integrated more fully in the main narrative such as in textbooks.

    [19:52] The National Inventors Hall of Fame has gone through a major initiative to diversify their class of inventors being inducted.

    [21:25] Many women inventors were involved in the suffrage movement.

    [22:21] Anna Keichline invented the K Brick and was involved in the local suffrage movement. As an architect, she thought women were better at building homes because they understood how home should be.

    [23:14] Lyda Newman invented a hair brush with synthetic bristles.

    [26:05] Women inventors during periods of conflict. Hedy Lamarr invented the technology that modern Bluetooth relies on.

    [27:40] Martha Costen invented a signal flare. 

    [29:27] Madam Walker created her own products and built an empire. Marjorie Stewart Joyner has a patent for a method of hair curling.

    [32:07] Harriet Strong invented an irrigation system.

    [33:39] Beulah Louise Henry was an inventor by trade. She had to create her own prototype. 

    [36:15] Clara Barton worked at the patent office. She insisted on equal pay. 

    [38:12] Shifts in inventions patented by women now. They are patenting more and more in the sciences. They are also choosing inventing as a career. 

    [40:07] There are always more opportunities in larger cities and more industrialized areas. Class also plays a role. 

    [42:07] The digital revolution was a game changer for historians.

    [46:09] Women are still inventing for women and identifying needs for products that relate to women.

    [46:49] The role of IP and how tech transfer can help. Intellectual property protection is a vital tool in an inventor's toolbox.

    [47:47] Encourage inventors to apply for patent protection as early as possible. Provide mentorship and help with networking.

    [49:09] Rebekah talks about the importance of representation.


    Resources: 

    Rebekah Oakes Historian USPTO LinkedIn

    Margaret Knight Invented a Machine that Shapes the Way We Shop

    Meet Dr. Valerie L. Thomas, Landsat Image Processing Specialist

    Mary Beatrice Davidson Kenner

    Dr. Patricia E. Bath

    National Inventors Hall of Fame

    Lyda Newman

    Hedy Lamarr

    Martha Coston

    Marjorie Stewart Joyner

    Madam C.J. Walker

    Harriet Strong

    Beulah Louise Henry

    Clara Barton

    USPTO Mentoring Programs


    53m - Mar 13, 2024
  • Navigating Tech Transfer and Early-Stage Technology Acquisition With Leah Speser

    I’m excited to introduce Leah Speser, a seasoned expert in technology transfer and commercialization, currently serving as the Senior Consultant for Knowledge Transfer & Commercialization at the Research and Innovation Foundation of the Republic of Cyprus. Leah's experience and expertise in the world of tech transfer are extensive. She has an impressive career that spans academia, industry, and international development.

    Today, we’re discussing early-stage technology acquisition opportunities, a topic crucial for anyone looking to stay ahead in the fast-paced world of technology. Leah is here to share her insights, drawing from her extensive experience. We'll cover which types of technologies are catching the eye of industry partners, how to pinpoint these opportunities, and the strategies that can make or break successful partnerships.

    We also dive into the critical roles of collaboration and intellectual property in tech acquisition, providing valuable advice on navigating these complex areas. We'll discuss the tools and resources that can aid professionals in this journey, along with much more from Leah’s vast reservoir of knowledge.

    Whether you’re a professional looking to expand your understanding of technology transfer, an industry partner seeking new opportunities, or simply curious about the world of early-stage technology acquisition, we've got you covered.


    In This Episode:

    [01:59] When it comes to early stage technology acquisition opportunities, making money is a priority. The technology needs to fit with your product and service portfolio and the company has to have the capacity for R&D, applied R&D, new product development, and a way to exit. Either by selling or licensing.

    [03:20] Strategies for finding early stage technologies for acquisition include finding a technology roadmap and do a functional decomposition and see how you fit in with the roadmap. You could also go to industry trade shows to find out what the customer is interested in.

    [05:00] Leah shares how early-stage technology acquisition differs across industries and some key considerations for professionals to keep in mind.

    [05:14] Deeptech takes long investment periods. How long before an end user will be able to use the technology? 

    [06:25] Read Winning the Right Game to learn how to work within an ecosystem. 

    [07:19] How do you deliver value architecture? 

    [08:13] Are the right people in the company? Do they know anything about new product development?

    [09:04] Partnering is a critical element. Internal partners matter too.

    [10:34] Recognize what your business is about. Be in the door building business so opportunity can knock.

    [11:40] Leah shares a story about licensing a dental x-ray shield. It's about gathering information, connecting the right people, and getting a sale.

    [13:15] The magic is in the know-how. Don't blame the customer for your problems.

    [15:02] If it's a public company, you can look at their SEC filings and annual reports to begin to understand their portfolio. Get senior management involvement. Another critical factor is to develop a balanced scorecard. Think about the range of factors that are important to universities.

    [16:32] IP matters most with deeptech. A big factor is the rate of project replacement or churn. Small tech is something that has a very small market.

    [18:49] IP is a business tool that needs to be approached strategically.

    [20:59] Recommended tools and resources include finding your value architecture, developing a business model, SWOT Analysis, and eliminating anything not of value.

    [22:09] Advice for professionals looking to capitalize on early stage technology acquisition opportunities. Be a trickster.

    [24:14] ICA or the Incident Command System. A simple and flexible structure that can be built up as time goes on.

    [25:44] We learn how Leah ended up in Cyprus. 

    [28:37] When Leah arrived, Cyprus didn't have tech transfer. It's a tiny island with about 9,000 people. It's also the highest educated population in Europe. 

    [31:18] SBIR legislation gave leverage to small research companies.

    [31:39] What's really needed in Cyprus is transition and product development companies.

    [32:59] In Cyprus, they are developing a structure where they move teams out of universities and into industry with the technology.

    [34:38] Dr Marianna Prokopi-Demetriades has developed three spinout drugs and attracted venture capital from all over the world.

    [35:26] Another woman is working on hopefully the first medicinal cure of triple negative breast cancer.

    [36:02] They also have Centers of Excellence that are partially funded by the EU. Cyprus Maritime Academy is working on an artificial reef.

    [38:53] The hub is the central knowledge transfer office. The spokes are in all of the universities and research institutes. The spokes develop IP policies and patent budgets.

    [42:10] They're also working on getting people RTTP certified.

    [43:22] Their emphasis is on funding and commercialization. They also put a lot of emphasis on outreach to industry. 

    [44:40] A lot of their programs are consortium programs. They also have a PhD in Industry program. There are also internships and programs to encourage spinouts and startups.

    [46:16] They are the primary tech transfer office for the country.

    [49:11] Tech transfer is a contact sport. Many collisions and minimal friction. People live in a different world now with digital and the way they interact and think.

    [52:48] Leah shares examples of partnerships and collaborations forged with International organizations in Cyprus. 


    Resources: 

    Research and Innovation Foundation of the Republic of Cyprus

    Leah Speser LinkedIn

    Foresight Science & Technology Leah Speser

    The Art and Science of Technology Transfer

    The Wide Lens: What Successful Innovators See That Others Miss

    Winning the Right Game: How to Disrupt, Defend, and Deliver in a Changing World (Management on the Cutting Edge)

    SBIR

    Dr Marianna Prokopi-Demetriades

    Cyprus Maritime Academy

    RTTP Certification


    56m - Mar 6, 2024
  • Shaping A More Inclusive Intellectual Property World With Derrick Brent

    Creating positive change in the world of emerging technology requires more than just innovative ideas. It demands a commitment to fostering an environment where everyone, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to contribute and thrive. 

    This means implementing intentional practices, programs, and initiatives aimed at promoting inclusive innovation. By ensuring access for women, people of color, indigenous peoples, individuals with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other underrepresented groups, we can pave the way for a more successful and inclusive innovation strategy.

    I'm thrilled today to welcome Derrick Brent, the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In his role, Derrick acts as a key advisor to Kathi Vidal, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. 

    He is tasked with managing a broad range of programs and operations at one of the world's most significant intellectual property offices, which boasts over 13,000 employees and operates with an annual budget exceeding $4 billion.

    Derrick's role is broad and multifaceted. He works closely with Director Vidal to guide the USPTO. Together, they work to improve IP policies and procedures for the national good. They also work to expand the USPTO's outreach as they boost innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the country.


    In This Episode:

    [02:59] Derrick shares some specific initiatives led by the USPTO to promote diversity and inclusion in tech transfer offices.

    [03:23] Tech transfer presents the opportunity for entrepreneurial gains in startups and a chance for innovation to reach the marketplace.

    [04:07] Education and reaching out early to present tech transfer as an opportunity for research and employment. They've also engaged in outreach with HBCUs and MSIs in an effort to expand activity in the system.

    [05:35] The USPTO has been engaging on a high level and trying to reach more people to bring into the tech transfer system.

    [06:01] How the USPTO collaborates with ERIs to drive diversity and inclusion in innovation. Tech transfer round tables with staff from HBCUs and MSIs. They had subject matter experts and text transfer people.

    [08:11] They are using outreach to educate the administrators about tech transfer. They're winning minds and hearts to commit to the expansion.

    [09:07] We need to do a better job of coordinating our resources.

    [10:17]  Effective strategies that the USPTO uses to help ensure equitable access to resources and opportunities for underrepresented groups. Kathi Vidal has been passionate about bringing more into the system. 

    [11:02] The pro bono program offers free patent legal assistance. The Pathways Program educates entrepreneurs and brings the marketplace into play.

    [12:10] Enhanced outreach has also developed geographic diversity. The first time filer program also brings more people into the system.

    [15:08] The success in their approaches comes from being intentional in making maximum impact.

    [17:41] The USPTO is an agency with a big heart and they want to do more. One of the challenges they face is scaling their programs and coordinating resources. 

    [23:56] Partners working to help include AUTM, National Academy of Inventors, Federal Labs Consortium, UNCF and more. The universities themselves get right out into the field.

    [26:45] Derrick talks about how to measure the effectiveness of these initiatives.

    [30:05] One of their core principles is driving inclusive innovation.

    [34:39] How the USPTO addresses unconscious bias in the patent office to ensure fair treatment for all innovators regardless of their background.

    [37:03] Derrick talks about the role of the PTO shaping the future of diversity and inclusion in tech transfer. They are going to continue to provide IP education wherever there are entrepreneurial efforts. Tech transfer needs a connector.

    [39:11] To drive diversity and inclusion in innovation they are going to continue to lead by example and make sure they have robust inclusive teams. 


    Resources: 

    USPTO Derrick Brent

    Derrick Brent LinkedIn

    USPTO America’s Innovation Agency LinkedIn

    USPTO Kathi Vidal

    Kentucky Commercial Ventures

    Patent Pro Bono Program

    Patent Pro Bono Program: Pathways to inclusive innovation

    USPTO Molly Kocialski

    National Science Foundation: NSF

    National Academy of Inventors

    Federal Labs Consortium

    UNCF


    42m - Feb 28, 2024
  • Celebrating Black Entrepreneurial Excellence: A Glimpse into Spelman's Center for Entrepreneurship with Dr. Grant Warner

    The entrepreneurial landscape in the United States is rich with talent and innovation, evidenced by the nearly 3.6 million Black-owned businesses, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. These enterprises, which employ around 1.3 million individuals across 4% of these businesses, are a vibrant testament to the resilience, inventiveness, and entrepreneurial drive within Black communities nationwide.

    Yet, despite their notable impact, Black entrepreneurs face persistent challenges, including limited access to capital, educational resources, networking, and mentorship. These barriers have historically hindered the full realization of their entrepreneurial ambitions.

    In today's discussion, we're delighted to have Dr. Grant Warner, who serves as the Bank of America Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Center for Black Entrepreneurship at Spelman College. 

    Dr. Warner is at the forefront of a transformative movement with the Center, championing innovative solutions to empower Black entrepreneurs. Under his guidance, the Center is breaking new ground by equipping aspiring Black business leaders with the essential tools, resources, and support network needed to excel in the ever-competitive business arena.


    In This Episode:

    [02:03] The Center for Black Entrepreneurship is a partnership between Spelman, Morehouse, and The Black Economic Alliance with a mission to unlock Black entrepreneurial talent. 

    [02:43] Support will provide benefits for aspiring entrepreneurs and practicing entrepreneurs. There will be scholarships, support, and funding opportunities.

    [04:14] There will also be mentorships that supply access to founders along with ecosystem development including engaging with university fellows from all over the world. They are also bringing VCs to campus. The goal is to introduce students and stakeholders to the larger ecosystem.

    [05:54] Another pillar is education. They want to share their experience and knowledge at the intersection of race and entrepreneurship.

    [06:30] On the pathway side, it's about deepening relationships with startups and funders. This includes the Entrepreneur Leadership Consulting program.

    [08:07] The Center was established on Morehouse and Spelman which already had a dynamic entrepreneurship environment.

    [09:25] There is a rich diversity within the HBCU experience. The strength of an HBCU is the idea of a safe space. It's an environment for people to explore their interests without feeling judged.

    [11:48] Bridging the gap between black entrepreneurship and investors. 

    [15:06] There was an increase in entrepreneurship during the pandemic that correlated with stimulus money. There's a lot of entrepreneurial potential that gets unlocked when there's access to capital.

    [16:02] How the Center for Black Entrepreneurship instills intangible qualities necessary for entrepreneurial success. There's a mindset course that speaks to resilience, adaptability, and problem solving. They also ground in the knowledge of how black people have faced adversity.

    [17:14] They also focus on the core frameworks that are popular in entrepreneurship.

    [18:42] Dr Warner talks about how programs like the European Innovation Academy broadens perspectives and contributes to the holistic development of these entrepreneurial ecosystems.

    [21:14] Luck is when preparation meets opportunity, and the more people you know, the better chance you have.

    [22:03] Dr Warner talks about a certificate program that is targeted at adult learners and people looking to explore entrepreneurship.

    [23:43] Success stories include the changes that are made with individual students as they prepare for their careers. The CBE has opened up interest and passion about entrepreneurship. 

    [27:08] Future hopes of the impact of the CBE include an example of how HCBUs can help transform the community around them and inspire economic change without gentrification.


    Resources: 

    CBE Center for Black Entrepreneurship

    Grant Warner, Ph.D. Named Inaugural Director of the Center for Black Entrepreneurship

    Center for Black Entrepreneurship Spelman

    Dr. Grant Warner LinkedIn

    Dr. Tiffany Rogers Bussey LinkedIn


    32m - Feb 21, 2024
  • Immortalizing The Untold Stories of Black Inventors with James Howard of BIHOF

    As February unfolds, we're thrilled to kick off a special series in celebration of Black History Month, a time to honor the significant contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout history. Today, we're excited to chat with James Howard, the Executive Director of the Black Inventors Hall of Fame (BIHOF).

    James Howard wears many hats: he is a college professor, design historian, entrepreneur, industrial designer, inventor, and restaurateur. He brings more than 25 years of teaching experience in design and has created a course on Design Thinking and Design History, examining how design influences society.

    An inventor in his own right, James has 20 patents under his belt. His most recent project involves launching Entrepreneurial U, the first Design Thinking school in Morris County.

    We take a fascinating look at vital contributions by African Americans that were frequently overlooked or not publicized. James' passion for science, patents, inventions, and immortalizing these achievements and contributions is contagious in this enlightening and informative episode.


    In This Episode:

    [01:52] James shares his initial inspiration for the Black Inventors Hall of Fame. 

    [03:19] He noticed a 2016 issue of Time Magazine that featured America's top 100 inventors. There wasn't a single black inventor mentioned until the very end. 

    [05:09] Four years later he opened the Black Inventors Hall of Fame.

    [05:59] He's designing a building to immortalize the contribution of black inventors over the last 400 years.

    [07:10]  African-American, Charles Frederick Page patented the first airship before the Wright Brothers. Charles Henry Turner was one of the earliest pioneers in this country studying the cognitive quality of animals.

    [11:00] James highlights inductees including Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, Dr. Charles Drew, Dr. Patricia Bath and Lonnie Johnson who invented the Super Soaker and more amazing inventors. 

    [16:09] James gives us more details about the museum including who the different halls are named after and the stories they will tell.

    [16:38] He also explains a program called A Moment In Time which will give holographic images of the inventors as they tell their story.

    [19:39] There's also going to be a STEM Learning Center which focuses on teaching technology to underserved individuals and kids. Tuition free. 

    [19:57] There's also going to be a Maker Station and an incubator for entrepreneurs. There will also be a theater to tell the stories through film.

    [22:40] James talks about the Future Black Innovators Initiative.

    [26:35] The vision will be shared over three distinct eras including the early innovators, the golden era of innovation, and the modern era of innovation.

    [31:44] We learn about the vision of the learning center from whiteboards to 3D printers to the encouragement of open thinking.

    [34:03] Reach out to James if you are interested in helping with the museum. Reach out if you're interested in researching, finding artifacts, or sharing information about an inventor whose story needs to be told.


    Resources: 

    Black Inventors Hall of Fame

    James Howard Black Inventors Leadership Team

    James Howard LinkedIn

    Entrepreneurial U, Morris County’s First School Of Design Thinking

    Charles Frederick Page

    Charles Henry Turner


    38m - Feb 14, 2024
  • Behind the Numbers- Insights from U.S. Patenting on Diagnosing COVID-19

    We have some interesting insights to share from "Diagnosing COVID-19: A Perspective from U.S. Patenting Activity," a report by the US Patent and Trademark Office's Chief Economist, Andrew Toole, and Senior Research Economist, Nicholas A. Pairolero.

    Dr. Andrew Toole is the Chief Economist at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and also serves as a Research Associate at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). He has experience spanning the private sector, academia, and government.

    Nicholas A. Pairolero is a Senior Research Economist at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). His work focuses on evidence-based policy and decision-making, with a particular interest in the economics of innovation.

    This episode uncovers how universities and small companies have emerged as leaders in patenting COVID-19 diagnostics innovations. It highlights the critical role of government funding in driving innovation, alongside intriguing statistics about women patent applicants. We talk about the future of innovation and more in this in-depth exploration of the landscape of COVID-19 diagnostics patents.


    In This Episode:

    [01:33] The World Trade Organization adopted a waiver of COVID-19 related vaccine patents in June of 2022. The waiver was expanded to therapeutics and diagnostics which opened up an information vacuum.

    [03:07] With the report Andy and Nick discovered that universities and small companies emerged as leaders in patenting COVID-19 diagnostics.

    [03:47] They started on the report around April of 2023. They had Nick and patent examiners and really knowledgeable people on board. There were economists on the data side. Nick was able to organize the group within the PTO and collaborate with the International Trade Commission.

    [04:51] Nick shares examples of small companies and universities that were top patent applicants for COVID-19 diagnostics. 

    [05:50] He also shares some of the companies that had emergency use authorization for diagnostics and the path to commercialization. 

    [07:27] Nick talks about the contributions of smaller organizations and the adaptability and diversity of the COVID-19 diagnostic innovation landscape.

    [08:59] In the initial part of the pandemic, companies were responsive right away in April, May, and June of 2020. The response was extremely fast. 

    [10:16] The university system was well poised to respond to the pandemic. There were also a number of different government programs and support for research. Academic institutions have the ability to be very flexible.

    [11:52] Support from the NIH played a crucial role. Under the Bayh-Dole Act universities are allowed to get exclusive rights to inventions that are partially funded by the government.

    [13:45] About 11% of all of the patenting found related to COVID-19 diagnostics was supported in part by government funding.

    [15:09] Nick is doing work with AI to identify patents and group them and create studies such as patent landscapes.

    [16:03] Nick talks about taking a broader approach and a more specific approach when studying patent applications.

    [19:34] Discovering that universities and small firms were such a big part of the equation was an "aha" moment.

    [21:08] 71% of the public filings that they found were small companies and universities. 

    [22:41] It's very difficult to link the packaged test back to the original patents.

    [23:31] Government support is one of the most important sources fueling innovation in the healthcare industry. The NIH is the largest . funding agency for healthcare research in the world.

    [25:18] Obstacles for smaller groups include fewer experienced attorneys, slightly lower allowance rates, and more changes in the process.

    [26:20] The quality of the attorney matters when getting through the complicated legal process of patent examination.

    [27:20] Small and micro entities are a category they label, because they pay discounted fees for their filing and have to meet certain criteria. They are also looking at the inventors and even women versus men. 

    [28:07] Women inventors are arriving at the PTO in a greater proportion through small and micro entities as opposed to the large companies.

    [29:14] They are also pursuing a study on how uncertainty is affecting the choices of applicants.

    [30:07] Patent thickets are areas with a lot of patents that would be difficult to negotiate licensing over multiple holders. 

    [32:09] They looked at the overlap of invention claims or the description of what the invention does. They see increasing overlap over time.

    [35:34] Having a study which shows what works and what doesn't work will help with future collaborative roles for small organizations and universities and government support in future health crises.

    [37:45] Resilience and Ingenuity: Global Innovation Responses to Covid-19, shows the importance of collaboration that has to happen between government and organizations.


    Resources: 

    Andrew Toole

    Andrew Toole LinkedIn

    Nicholas Pairolero

    Nicholas Pairolero LinkedIn

    Diagnosing COVID-19: A perspective from U.S. patenting activity.

    Derwent Innovation

    NIH RADx

    The Impact of Public Basic Research on Industrial Innovation: Evidence from the Pharmaceutical Industry

    Resilience and Ingenuity: Global Innovation Responses to Covid-19


    40m - Feb 7, 2024
  • Inclusive Innovation: Bridging the Inventor Gap with Insights from Colleen Chien and Lisa Larrimore Ouellette

    Have you ever wondered why some voices are less heard in the world of innovation? In this episode, we're diving into a critical topic within the realm of U.S. innovation – the existing inequity in patent inventorship. This issue has led to a significant "innovator-inventor" gap, marked by the underrepresentation of women among patent inventors and the obstacles encountered by inventors from low-income backgrounds. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to shed light on this important subject and am joined by two specialists in the field.

    Colleen Chien is a distinguished scholar at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and a faculty member at Berkeley Law School, where she co-directs the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. Known for her expertise in patent law and policy, she has testified before Congress and worked as a Senior Counselor at the Department of Commerce. Professor Chien also founded the Paper Prisons Initiative and the Diversity Pilots Initiative, focusing on second-chance eligibility and inclusion in innovation, respectively.

    Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, the Deane F. Johnson Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, specializes in intellectual property and innovation law. Her work, grounded in her physics background, focuses on patent policies, scientific input in patent examination, and the intersection of IP with broader innovation strategies. An award-winning educator, she co-authored a patent law casebook and received the John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her expertise also covers trademark law, online survey evidentiary value, and the implications of differing legal review standards.


    In This Episode:

    [03:27] Lisa shares how non-diverse invention and entrepreneurship is in the U.S. There are vast inequalities by gender, race, income, and geography.

    [04:32] The “innovator-inventor” gap is the gap between those who innovate and those who actually become inventors. Only 13% of patentees are women. There is a gap between those who are in the workforce and those who are actually inventing and getting credit for it.

    [07:11] Why is equitable inventor attribution important? There are clear benefits for those who receive patents and they should be equitably distributed.

    [08:18] All-female inventor teams are more likely to focus on women’s health

    [08:54] There are some studies that point to unconscious bias in the patent process. Women not only have lower allowance rates on patents but those with more feminine names did even worse.

    [10:48] The standards for authorship and patent inventorship are different. Paper authors are governed by scientific norms. Patent law has long favored coming up with the idea over doing any of the work implemented in practice.

    [12:39] Contributorship helps explain the rules of those involved in the paper. They looked at data sets to find people who were credited with conceptualization and/or investigation. Women were credited with conceptualization 38% of the time.

    [15:05] What universities and corporations can do to help reduce this disparity in patenting. These are the ones closest to the innovators, and they can best understand what's prohibiting women from starting the process. Surveys can be used to help understand what's preventing them from getting through the process.

    [18:42] The USPTO can help users understand the process, so they claim the patents that they're entitled to. 

    [23:03] Conducting careful assessments when working on a patent application can help give credit to all of the authors and inventors. 

    [24:25] Other steps that can be taken include making sure that bias isn't part of the role and listing people who've contributed in other ways.

    [26:15] Professor Chien talks about her paper, Redefining Progress.

    [28:32] Diversity Pilots Initiative is working with companies and doing surveys to really find effective practices. 

    [32:13] It's important for everyone to be able to see themselves as potential innovators. If you have an idea that you think is worthy for a patent, reach out to the patent office.


    Resources: 

    Colleen Chien

    Colleen Chien LinkedIn

    Lisa Larrimore Ouellette

    Lisa Larrimore Ouellette LinkedIn

    Kathi Vidal

    Redefining Progress: the Case for Diversity in Innovation and Inventing

    Innovator Diversity Pilots Initiative

    Innovator Diversity Pilots Conference


    34m - Jan 31, 2024
  • Bayh-Dole Draft Concerns - Member Bonus episode

    As the clock ticks towards the closure of the 60-day comment period on Feb. 6, and NIST prepares to review and finalize guidance, there are still some crucial concerns regarding the Draft Interagency Guidance Framework for Considering the Exercise of March-In Rights, a tool created to evaluate when it might be appropriate to require licensing of a patent developed with federal funding.

    The Bayh-Dole Act, a key driver of public-private partnerships and innovation in the U.S., is at the heart of today's discussion. We'll explore AUTM's position, the act's original intentions, and the potential impacts of the Draft Guidelines on innovation and intellectual property.

    Joining the conversation is Mike Waring, AUTM’s Advocacy & Alliances Coordinator and President/CEO of Waring Federal Strategies. With nearly 20 years at AUTM, including roles as Assistant VP of Advocacy and Cabinet Chair, Mike brings a wealth of experience in tech transfer and IP issues.

    Mike's background includes serving as Director of the University of Michigan’s D.C. Office, chairing the AAU Task Force on Intellectual Property, IT, and Tech Transfer, and working in various capacities with AUTM on advocacy issues. His previous roles also include working at the National Association of Broadcasters and as a legislative aide for Rep. Harold Rogers.


    In This Episode:

    [02:39] The Bayh-Dole Act is one of the most transformational pieces of legislation that Congress has worked on. Now that it's been around for 40 years people are taking it for granted.

    [03:55] It incentivizes universities and nonprofits to take great ideas to market.

    [04:52] AUTM believes that using march-in rights to lower drug prices is improper under the Bayh-Dole Act. There were limited uses for march-in to make sure that technologies actually get to the marketplace.

    [06:23] Congress didn't leave wiggle room for march-in rights to be reinterpreted. They were very clear about the limited uses of march-in. Having it interpreted by countless agencies will be a recipe for disaster.

    [07:38] Pricing terms didn't work 30 years ago. Lesson learned.

    [08:40] There's bipartisan support that the Bayh-Dole Act does not allow march-in based on drug pricing. There have been attempts over the years to invoke it, but it's never happened. 

    [10:13] The last two directors of the patent office have said publicly that this is a horrible idea, and it shouldn't be pursued.

    [10:56] This will affect every invention that uses federal money. 

    [11:38] Adverse consequences include investors not taking the risk and stopping funding for innovation and tech transfer. 

    [13:37] Pricing is an aftermarket decision. It would be like going back on a promise that was made before to investors.

    [14:44] If people aren't willing to invest in new technologies our country could fall behind.

    [14:56] Mike talks about the guidelines that AUTM finds concerning. Companies could take patents away from the inventors if they are willing to sell for less. 

    [15:38] What would be the process of people in the government making very individualized decisions?

    [16:20] Big companies will be favored over small companies and startups won't have the resources to defend themselves. It's ill-conceived to have the government making decisions without specialized guidance.

    [17:21] We need as many AUTM members as possible to file comments. 

    [20:07] For more information be sure to attend the upcoming Webinar hosted by AUTM on Monday, January 29th.

    [20:42] There will also be a policy session at the AUTM Annual Meeting in San Diego on Monday, February 19th at 11:00.


    Resources: 

    Draft Interagency Guidance Framework for Considering the Exercise of March-In Rights

    The Bayh-Dole Act

    Mike Waring

    Mike Waring LinkedIn

    AUTM Annual Meeting February 18-21, 2024 San Diego

    Live Webinars


    22m - Jan 29, 2024
  • Countdown to AUTM 2024: Almesha Campbell Shares What's in Store for San Diego

    Welcome to a special episode as we gear up for the 2024 AUTM Annual Meeting in San Diego. This episode offers an exciting sneak peek at what awaits attendees this year. I am joined by Almesha Campbell, AUTM Board Chair and Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Jackson State University. We are thrilled about going to San Diego and participating in this event.

    Lisa and Almesha discuss the widespread excitement about the meeting. International members will be recognized, and there will be eight tracks for professionals. At AUTM, experts in various areas are eager to share their knowledge. Almesha explains what the eight tracks are and the subjects they will cover.

    The subject matter comes directly from the experts themselves. Almesha shares some of the critical focus areas and the knowledge that participants can gain from engaging in the courses. Besides hands-on sessions, there is a wealth of opportunities to find partners and like-minded individuals for collaboration. This episode will detail what the event entails and get participants excited to head to San Diego.


    In This Episode:

    [01:38] Attendees will be able to explore iconic San Diego sites. 

    [03:19] AUTM has a large number of international members. Governmental agencies are also requesting our presence in their countries. We even have trainers in Egypt.

    [04:36] AUTM is a great convener and connector of people. 

    [05:01] International members will be recognized, and there's a whole session traded around them.

    [05:19] This year there are eight tracks for professionals.

    [05:59] Topics include intellectual property aligning with professional development goals, licensing and insights into common licensing issues, and marketing strategies.

    [06:23] We'll also be talking about new ventures and entrepreneurship, funding and educational support, and operations.

    [07:34] We'll also be covering how to define tech transfer for the layman for educational advocacy. Another big thing is societal impact and relationship management.

    [09:03] There will be an incredible breadth and depth of offerings.

    [09:50] Almesha talks about how professionals can benefit from these courses and specific knowledge that they can gain. 

    [10:12] With a deep dive into critical focus areas participants can expect to gain practical insights and valuable skills.

    [11:28] This is the first year that leadership communication will be offered. There's a lot of excitement around this topic.

    [12:23] There will also be AM24 Anywhere online access. This is a great option if you can't attend the meeting in person. You can access the educational content and networking opportunities on your own time.

    [13:19] You will need the AUTM Connect platform. Virtual meetings can be scheduled with all of the attendees.

    [14:49] Advice for attendees is to make sure you sign up for Connect and Collaborate for networking opportunities. Also, hang back in the room and look for opportunities to connect. 

    [18:33] Industry partners offer concise presentations and share valuable tips on collaboration with companies.

    [20:07] There are 90 educational sessions. Almesha shares the three sessions that she thinks are critical. 

    [25:12] Team AUTM is organizing a 5k not only to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, but also to contribute to supporting the future leaders of the AUTM foundation. 


    Resources: 

    Almesha Campbell

    Almesha Campbell LinkedIn

    AUTM Annual Meeting 2024 San Diego February 18th - 21st

    Your Guide To The Good Stuff In San Diego

    28m - Jan 24, 2024
  • Changing the Game in Tech: University of Kentucky's Inclusive Approach to Entrepreneurship With Serenity Wright

    There's more to commercialization than just the impact of technology being transferred. This episode focuses on social innovation in technology and the University of Kentucky's Office of Technology Commercialization's unique approach. It's not just about developing, but also managing entrepreneurship programs with a focus on inclusive innovation. This ensures fair access to training for underrepresented innovators in Kentucky.

    I'm joined by Serenity Wright, the Associate Director of Social Innovation at the University. Holding a doctorate in policy, measurement, and evaluation, her rich background includes teaching high school, leading diversity initiatives at Transylvania University, and roles in city government and the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Committed to social equity, she's also involved in various community boards and the Mayoral Commission for Racial Justice and Equity.


    In This Episode:

    [04:09] Serenity shares how the Social Innovation program is fostering positive change. The positive pennies philosophy.

    [08:58] Getting programs and opportunities to people is fostering inclusion. People need to see a clear map on how to get there.

    [10:52] How long does it take to get from disclosure to market abstract? How many antiquated policies need to be reviewed or changed? Building an inclusive ecosystem is at the core of everything they do.

    [12:34] Serenity talks about programs like UAccel at University of Kentucky that make the social innovation program an "and".

    [15:52] Solutions that partners and the faculty are creating are critical to their roles at the unit institution.

    [17:46] They also have a community engaged pre seed accelerator. They also bring community-based solutions to their faculty. They partnered with Queer KY with key initiatives about mental and physical health.

    [20:08] Being a connector, friendship, and humanity is what the work they are trying to do is about.

    [21:09] Some things they have been doing include presentations, tracking press releases, listening, and engaging.

    [24:52] Last year, they executed contracts for just under a million dollars in innovation.

    [29:36] The University's Quality Enhancement plan is grounded in translational education knowledge and bringing faculty to work together in the community.

    [33:00] The social Innovation team also presents at AUTM.

    [36:40] The sustaining piece is about infrastructure and working with leadership.

    [40:56] Serenity talks about metrics and the many things they track and measure. Impact metrics also tell them what people need.

    [44:30] Relationships and being engaged have a lot to do with understanding the impact and the data.

    [45:33] Serenity shares some of their bigger wins including patents and proof of concept funding.


    Resources: 

    Serenity Wright

    Serenity Wright LinkedIn

    Enabling Sustained Social Impact with Serenity Wright

    UAccel

    Queer KY

    48m - Jan 17, 2024
  • Federal Government Relations: Advocacy Strategies At The National Level With Mike Waring

    The esteemed Mike Waring, AUTM’s Advocacy and Alliances Coordinator, is back to continue our conversation about national advocacy and federal government relations. Last week, Mike shared strategies for state and local tech transfer. 

    Advocacy is ultimately about relationships. Your campus federal relations team is the one that creates the relationship between your campus and Congress, so it's crucial to have a good relationship with them. You want them to know who you are and what your issues are. You also want to be a specific resource to help make your case in Washington. 

    Mike highlights some of the important issues that he and AUTM have been working on, including a NIST request for information about changes in march-in rights. The intention may be to lower drug prices, but it could create problems and tie up innovation.

    The PREVAIL Act is a step in the right direction for helping patent holders. There’s also a Section 174 tax problem that AUTM and a small-business coalition are working on to get fixed. Additionally, there's a bill for a study by the GAO to inform Congress about what needs to be addressed.

    We discuss strategies for advocating with industry partners on broader concerns, along with educating others and showcasing your research. It all comes back to relationships and working with people in your state to broaden your efforts.


    In This Episode:

    [01:46] Engaging with federal agencies begins with having a really good relationship with your federal relations team on campus.

    [02:47] The federal relations team has a huge list of issues including research funding, oversight, tax law, and more. Having a strong relationship with them will help get your issues addressed.

    [04:34] Strategies to use the federal relations team to advance your agenda. Tap into their expertise and be a resource that can be used to make the case to Washington.

    [06:26] Mike shares resources to stay informed including being an AUTM member, IP Watchdog and the Bayh-Dole Coalition. Associations like the AAU and APLU are also helpful. 

    [09:08] How AUTM was involved with legislation that helped the National Science Foundation provide direct grants to tech transfer offices from the federal government.

    [11:25] We learn about grant programs and the importance of internal communication in order to participate. 

    [12:06] Mike talks about the December 8th, 2023 NIST request for information regarding potential changes in the administration of march-in rights. 

    [12:51] The administration thinks this would lower drug prices, but it would affect every invention and tie-up innovation. 

    [13:31] AUTM and the organizations they work with are going to comment along with individual universities. The interpretation of the law should not be changed. 

    [14:44] The PREVAIL Act is endorsed by AUTM. Senator Chris Coons and Senator Thom Tillis on the committee of IP issues are working with us to try and fix this problem. 

    [16:16] If your university has a senator on the Judiciary Committee, urge them to vote yes when this bill comes up.

    [16:35] There's also a large small-business coalition urging congress to fix the section 174 tax problem.  

    [17:24] There's also a bill that will tell the government accountability office to do a study on how the federal government oversees the tech transfer business.

    [18:00] We need to get GAO to tell congress which problems need to be fixed. The goal is to make tech-transfer work better with the federal government. 

    [19:19] Congress loves to see the government and industry work together. Private industry partners make sense with congress. 

    [25:11] Coordinate with federal relations people when you have events on campus that can showcase your work. 

    [26:10] Beware of what's happening and have the facts and figures when it's time for your school to become an advocate.


    Resources: 

    Mike Waring 

    Mike Waring LinkedIn

    IPWatchdog

    Bayh-Dole Coalition

    Association of American Universities

    Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities

    National Science Foundation

    Accelerating Research Translation (ART)

    NIST

    PREVAIL Act


    29m - Jan 10, 2024
  • Building Bridges in Tech Transfer: Local and State Advocacy Strategies with Mike Waring

    The success of tech transfer efforts begins with advocacy. Tech transfer is not just an abstract idea. It creates real companies and real jobs. Getting policy makers to understand tech transfer will push the whole profession in a positive way.

    Mike Waring, AUTM Advocacy and Alliances Coordinator, is here to talk about advocacy at the local, state, and national level. In this two-part episode, we begin with advocacy at the state and local level. 

    Mike talks about the importance of tapping into relationships with campus government relations people and enabling them to educate and explain what tech transfer is and why we care about certain things. He also gives tips for presenting state and local governments with success stories of things they care about like innovation and job creation. 

    Be sure to join us next week as Mike will be back to continue this conversation at the federal level. We'll explore how advocacy efforts transfer to the national stage along with practical insights and actionable strategies.


    In This Episode:

    [02:42] How tech transfer offices can initiate meaningful conversations with state and local governments about the significance of innovation and tech transfer.

    [03:05] Tapping into the relationships your campus government relations have in order to advance tech transfer issues. 

    [04:30] The importance of educating and explaining how tech transfer works. 

    [06:32] Establishing strong connections with state and local governments to ensure a collaborative approach to fostering innovation.

    [07:16] Look for opportunities for your state and local government relations people to share your successes in new industries and jobs. 

    [08:04] Show that your success creates success for your region. 

    [08:32] Addressing concerns and misconceptions. 

    [10:22] Inviting city councils or the mayor to see how your tech transfer has helped startups with business and opportunity. 

    [10:56] Navigating government policies for tech transfer professionals.

    [12:17] Use other local groups like The Chamber of Commerce to share the importance of tech transfer efforts.

    [12:28] Strategies that TTOs can use to engage with local governments for financial backing and support.

    [14:27] Demonstrating your value to garner public support. Tools include press releases, annual reports, and events. 

    [16:39] The power of collaborating with local business leaders and entrepreneurs.

    [18:17] Mike shares advice for communicating your successes. 


    Resources: 

    Mike Waring 

    Mike Waring LinkedIn

    Technology Transfer Infographic


    23m - Jan 3, 2024
  • Inventing Tomorrow: Unraveling the Impact of AI on IP with Kathi Vidal

    Over the last two decades, utility patent applications involving AI have seen an increase of 150%.

    In the words of Kathi Vidal, “AI is going to be ubiquitous.” From healthcare to climate science, no industry will be left unaffected by it in some way or another, which is why the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), under Kathi’s leadership, has made it a top priority. 

    In this episode, Kathi explains how she and her team at the USPTO are adapting to the growing influence of AI, including their approach to engaging with the public, their emphasis on training, and their commitment to principles of safety, security, reliability, and transparency (among others). We also discuss how they are advancing diversity and inclusion and how they are ensuring that the US maintains its position as a leader in the AI space. 

    In this final episode of 2023, tune in for some food for thought on the evolving relationship between AI and IP! 


    In This Episode:

    [00:36] An overview of today’s episode.  

    [01:54] The potential of AI for the innovation sector. 

    [02:11] Challenges presented by AI advancement. 

    [02:22] The increase in utility patent applications involving AI in the US. 

    [02:43] AI-related training that is offered by the USPTO. 

    [03:53] The principles that underpin all the work being done by the USPTO. 

    [06:05] Determining patentability when AI is used in the inventive process. 

    [08:13] Challenges of achieving harmonization.

    [09:58] The mission that drives the AI and Emerging Technology Partnership initiative that was launched under Kathi’s leadership. 

    [12:05] How AI is going to impact IP in the future. 

    [14:12] What legislation around AI should be achieving. 

    [14:56] How the USPTO uses the feedback they receive from the public regarding AI.

    [15:52] Prior art search tools used by patent examiners at the USPTO. 

    [17:52] How the USPTO is advancing diversity and inclusion. 

    [18:56] Varying impacts of AI across different patent and trademark types. 

    [20:29] The role of the USPTO in helping the US maintain leadership in the AI space. 

    [21:59] Benefits of the partnerships that the USPTO has formed with international bodies.  


    Resources:

    Kathi Vidal Email Address

    Kathi Vidal on LinkedIn

    AI and Emerging Technology Partnership 


    This episode is sponsored by FirstIgnite

    24m - Dec 20, 2023
  • Unlocking Efficiency: Navigating Prompt Engineering in Tech Transfer Offices

    If you’re a technology transfer professional, prompt engineering is going to transform your life. In brief, prompt engineering is a set of plain language inputs that you can impart on a generative AI tool (like ChatGPT) to acquire a particular output. 

    As an example of how ChatGPT can enhance the efficiency of your processes when you get to grips with prompt engineering, John Keary is currently able to review a whole year of license agreements in just 3 days!

    John is the Compliance Manager at New York University and in this episode, he explains how he has managed to complete an unprecedented amount of work in his eight months in this position, why the power of generative AI doesn’t make him fearful, and why he is a strong advocate for every tech transfer professional getting incorporating the technology in their day-to-day activities.  


    In This Episode:

    [00:53] Introducing John Keary, Compliance Manager at New York University. 

    [01:49] How John completed more than two year's worth of work in three months. 

    [06:35] What prompt engineering is. 

    [07:44] The process that John goes through to create prompts for ChatGPT that lead to the results he is looking for. 

    [10:12] The amount of hours that John has put into creating his master prompt and the amount of hours he has saved as a result. 

    [12:33] How prompt engineering can enhance the accuracy and efficiency of technology transfer processes. 

    [13:48] Why John isn’t worried about losing his job to ChatGPT. 

    [15:42] How ChatGPT can foster collaboration within and between teams in the technology transfer space as highlighted by John’s experiences. 

    [17:56] How NYU maintains its quality standards when utilizing ChatGPT. 

    [20:46] Advice on how to evaluate the effectiveness of a prompt for a particular use case.

    [22:41] How John and his team assuage their clients’ privacy concerns relating to the use of ChatGPT. 

    [26:36] The transformative potential of chatbots. 

    [29:33] Why John recommends technology transfer professionals start using AI tools in their offices. 


    Resources:

    John Keary on LinkedIn

    New York University


    This episode is sponsored by FirstIgnite


    34m - Dec 13, 2023
  • Chat GPT and Other Generative AIs: How to Build a Plan to Use and Monetize with Jonathan Gortat

    Generative AI is opening up a whole new world that all of us, at some point, are going to need to learn to navigate. 

    From drafting appeal letters to managing heart disease and finding natural disaster survivors, the limits to what generative AI is likely to be able to help humans do (or do on its own) in the near future are seemingly non-existent. 

    In this episode, Jonathan Gortat, Director of Licensing and Strategic Alliance at Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing, joins us to share some of the most exciting advancements that are being made in the generative AI space, the ethical implications of working with this kind of technology, opportunities for monetization, how to keep up with such a swiftly-evolving field, and so much more!  


    In This Episode:

    [01:14] Introducing Jonathan Gortat, Director of Licensing and Strategic Alliance at Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing.  

    [02:53] Where exciting developments in the AI space are taking place.   

    [03:13] How most modern generative AI is powered. 

    [04:04] Stanford University projects that have enabled generative AI. 

    [04:43] How Jonathan predicts generative AI will be used in the near future. 

    [07:37] Examples of how generative AI is being used currently. 

    [10:00] Some of the key benefits of generative AI.

    [11:44] Some of the downsides of generative AI.

    [13:28] How to navigate IP hurdles in the generative AI space.

    [17:51] Advice for developing sound monetization strategies for generative AI tools.

    [20:00] Process innovation versus product innovation.

    [20:30] Impacts of the major innovation shifts that have taken place since the Industrial Revolution. 

    [24:46] Ethical dilemmas that need to be carefully considered when developing generative AI tools. 

    [27:04] Opportunities that the generative AI space holds for Stanford University. 

    [30:43] The importance of preparing people for a world in which generative AI is ubiquitous. 


    Resources:

    Jonathan Gortat on LinkedIn


    This episode is sponsored by FirstIgnite


    32m - Dec 6, 2023
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