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Technology Transfer: Making A Better World


As our dear friend, the late Howard Bremer was so fond of saying, the underlying principle of what we do is “bringing research discoveries to the market to improve the human condition.” Technology transfer is a relatively young profession. Just a few years ago most people had never heard about it. Today, more than 30 years after the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act, more eyes than ever before are focused on us and our efforts. Read More >

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BIO Innovation Zone Company Snapshot: HemoShear LLC

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Next week in San Diego at the BIO International Convention, BIO will be partnering with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science foundation (NSF) to host the first-ever BIO Innovation Zone. The Zone will feature Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funded early-stage biotech companies. The SBIR/STTR program provides U.S. federal funding to small businesses engaged in research with the potential for commercialization. Companies are rigorously vetted through the NIH and NSF SBIR review process prior to Read More >

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Supreme Court Enunciates New Indefiniteness Standard


The Supreme Court has once again reversed a decision by the Federal Circuit, in this case involving the proper standard for finding claims indefinite. The case, Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., overturned the Federal Circuit’s “insolubly ambiguous” test and substituted its own “reasonable certainty” test.  The Court left intentionally unclear the precise ways in which their new test will differ from the Federal Circuit’s abrogated test, leaving it to the lower court to decide Read More >

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Some People Get it, and Some Just Don’t

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As a communications director in the agriculture industry, I have spent two decades using fact-based talking points while industry opponents can say whatever will make a headline. It’s frustrating, but we labor on because we believe that what we do somehow helps farmers. And if we can help farmers, we can help keep America’s food supply safe, affordable and the envy of the world. Holly Spangler, an ag communicator and Illinois farmer, clearly understands this Read More >

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Patent Reform Legislation Off The Table For Now


If the mainstream media is to be believed, the patent system is broken.  This notion is frequently blamed on the perceived increase in so-called patent assertion entities (“PAEs”), referred to derogatorily as “patent trolls.”  More often than not, these media reports cite to a limited number of examples illustrating the perceived abuses, and reach the conclusion that patents are stifling innovation.  And, even though there has been serious disagreement about the extent of the problem, Read More >

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