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IP Watchdog: Why Patents Matter

Great article in IP Watchdog of why patents matter. Highlights: -The article quotes a Patent Survey conducted by UC Berkeley School of Law which finds that: In fact, 67% of firms surveyed indicated that the existence of patents were an important factor in their investment decisions. And for those software folks who always want to incorrectly believe they don’t need funding, the figure was 60% for software companies. Higher were biotech companies (73%) and medical Read More >

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AUTM U.S. Licensing Survey 2009

AUTM released their 2009 report for technology transfer licensing activities.  Of particular interest is the 596 start-up companies that were created in the middle of an economic recessision.  This Survey suggests that in 2009 Bayh-Dole contributed to growth in an otherwise declining economy, created jobs, and helped fund future research.  Here are the U.S. Highlights: Economic Impact The number of licenses executed increased 5.6 percent, whereas the number of options decreased 3.4 percent. Total licenses and options increased 3.8 Read More >

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AUTM’s 2010 Better World Report Highlights

 AUTM released their Better World Report for 2010 highlighting academic innovations commercially developed through technology transfer that are improving the quality of life.  Here is a quote from their press release. A device that allows the blind to ―see‖ via electrical pulses applied to the tongue…a collagen scaffold to treat damaged joints…a new vaccine to prevent shingles…an artificial lung that provides patients with both mobility and comfort during treatment…a program that vastly improves literacy among Read More >

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Representative Conyers speech at AUTM’s 30th Anniversary Bayh-Dole event

Statement of the Honorable John Conyers, Jr. appearing at the Association of University Technology Managers 30th Anniversary of the Bayh-Dole Act Wednesday, December 1, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. Washington Convention Center I would like to thank you for inviting me to speak before this distinguished group of professionals today. America has always been a nation of dreamers and innovators. Edison’s lightbulb illuminated the world and the Wright brothers showed us that we could fly. We Read More >

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USPTO Economic Research Agenda

The USPTO has a new Office of the Chief Economist and they have recently published their research agenda. USPTO Economic Research Agenda The OCE is embarking upon an aggressive economic research program to provide evidence on a range of matters relevant to policymaking and the effect of IP on economic outcomes more generally.  These include: (1) Relating IP to economic growth, performance and employment, including:                          (a)  IP and entrepreneurship                                              (b)  IP and wider Read More >

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