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Part II – Diversity in University Technology Transfer Strategy

Like socks labeled “one size fits all,” “one size fits all” university technology commercialization strategy is actually “one size fits no one.” There’s a yawning chasm between diverse, local realities, and what ultimately gets passed off as strategy in mainstream tech transfer policy discussions, scholarly articles, and training workshops. This article is Part II of an earlier article that explored five common challenges in bringing university research to market that hold true at many universities in the U.S.

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The Wolves Are At The Door

Innovation is the lifeblood of any organization, and value creation is measured by a company’s intellectual property portfolio. As a business leader, you are responsible for protecting your company’s IP portfolio through patents. What exactly is a patent? A patent is a legal document granted by the federal government that gives the patent owner the right to exclude others from making, using, selling, offering to sell, and importing the claimed invention. Essentially, it is the property right to the inventor. Virtually anything made by man can be patented, such as “a new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement,” according to Fleit Gibbons Gutman Bongini & Bianco PL.

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Open Innovation and IP – What's your policy?

A lot has been written about Intellectual Property (IP) and Open Innovation (OI). It’s not surprising, because it’s often one of the thorniest problems facing collaborators. Recent research from the IACCM (International Association for Contract and Commercial Management) shows that IP is the fourth most commonly negotiated term in contracts; yet it doesn’t reach the top ten of terms leading ...

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P&G's Lessons from a Century of Open Innovation

Suffice it to say I was honored my friend Chris Thoen would agree to talk about P&G‘s Open Innovation history at the 3rd Open Innovation (OI) Summit at Baldwin Wallace College‘s Center for Innovation & Growth: Practical Challenges of Global Open Innovation.  Chris has been interviewed, quoted, written about extensively as a leader in OI, including on these pages, and for good reason. ...

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Paradox of Innovation and Intellectual Property

Being involved in Open Innovation (OI), one of the most cited stumbling blocks is, yes, lawyers – Intellectual Property (IP) attorneys specifically.  To most business and R&D folks, IP counsel are viewed as deal killers.  So I was anxious to hear Kelly McDow, Associate General Counsel for P&G‘s Connect+Develop, speak at the 3rd Open Innovation Summit at BW’s Center for Innovation & Growth*.  Kelly started ...

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Don't Blame the IP Lawyer

I attended the 2nd Open Innovation Summit in Chicago last week. It was a really good event with many interesting presentations. In the pre-conference workshop, and in the main conference, the subject of obstacles to Open Innovation (OI) came up frequently. In many cases, the devil of the piece was the in-house lawyer. One presenter described herself as a “recovering ...

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