Author Archives: Melba Kurman

Turning the Battleship

The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council issued an RFI to collect feedback about university commercialization, including recommendations for more effective models, descriptions of current best practices and better metrics to gauge success. Continue reading

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Moving away from bricks and mortar tech transfer

Back when I worked in a tech transfer office at a large research university, I wanted to see which of our technologies were the ” greatest hits” on our web search engine and which ones were less popular. Using the number of page views per technology from our web analytics tool, I ranked the popularity of the inventions. Continue reading

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Open Source Hardware and University Patents

The world of product development and IP management is changing. Open sourced software is already an industry staple and steady source of product improvement. Open source hardware is next. Continue reading

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Time to Explore New Licensing Strategies

Recently the feds ripped apart the contents of the Bayh Dole Act to figure out whether the Act’s mandates permit universities to try new technology licensing strategies based on e-commerce or other creative approaches. Continue reading

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University Innovation Policies and the Art of Storytelling

Sometimes it seems that the contents of the Bayh Dole Act are transmitted in oral tradition from stakeholder to stakeholder. How many times have you heard a person justify their stance by claiming that whatever rule they’re defending is federal law as per the Bay Dole Act? Same for many university IP policies.
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IP Grey Markets at Research Universities

Speaking of rogue IP, today’s post is about grey markets. About a third of university research commercialization transactions take place in an IP grey market. Continue reading

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All Hail the Fab Lab

Fab Labs are a concept invented by Neal Gershenfeld, Director of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, a group of students and faculty who create cutting edge ways to create physical objects from software blueprints. Continue reading

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