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Technology Transfer at CU-Boulder. Ken Porter Director, CU-Boulder TTO ken.porter@colorado.edu www.cu.edu/techtransfer 4001 Discovery Drive, Ste. 390 Quest Building. Knowledge. | Innovation |. Technology. Technology Transfer

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technology transfer at cu boulder

Technology Transfer at CU-Boulder

Ken Porter

Director, CU-Boulder TTO

ken.porter@colorado.edu

www.cu.edu/techtransfer

4001 Discovery Drive, Ste. 390

Quest Building

Knowledge

| Innovation |

Technology

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Technology Transfer

Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Research

University of Colorado

Jack Burns

VPAAR

External Advisory Board

Boulder Office

Ken Porter

Kate Tallman

Adam Brown

System Office

David Allen

Annalissa Philbin

Dave Drake

Kathe Zaslow

Kristin Diamond

Health Sciences Center

Denver

University License Equity Holding, Inc.

Jerry Donahue

Colorado Springs

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Input

2001 - 45, 2002 - 60, 2003 - 41 to YTD55% of CU total

Output

2001 - $700k, 2002 - $900k, 2003 - $810k YTD

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Invention Timeline: Conception to Patent Protection

$10 3

$10 4

$10 5

PTO

File US Patent

File PCT

Provisional

Patent

PCT National

Phase

Priority 12 30

Date months months

TTO

Invention Disclosure Form (IDF)

Provisional

Patent

Marketing and Patenting Licensing

CU

Observation Hypothesis Prediction Experimentation

INVENTION

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TechnologyTransfer

Participants

TTO

Process

Market, Patent

Inventor

Industry

IDF

Align interests

Invention

$$

License

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The Tech Transfer ProcessInvention Disclosurewww.cu.edu/techtransfer/campus/idf.html

  • Inventors
  • Confidential and Non-confidential Descriptions
  • Evidence for Patent
    • www.uspto.gov/patft/index.html
    • Novelty, Non-obviousness, Utility
  • Public Disclosure
  • Sponsorship (Federal, MTA, SRA)
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The Tech Transfer ProcessMarketing

  • What does it do?
    • What problem does it solve
    • Why does it matter to industry and customers
    • Patentably distinct
  • What are the alternatives?
  • How big is the opportunity?
    • Market size
    • Market window
    • Competitors
  • Identify application
    • Inventor’s ideas
    • Industry trends
  • Identify companies
    • Inventor contacts
    • TTO contacts
    • Online search
  • Identify individuals
    • Inventor contacts
    • Professional societies
    • Conferences
    • Industry publications
    • Cold calls

GO / NO GO

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The Tech Transfer ProcessPatenting

  • Background
    • Inventor 1°, Attorney 2°
  • Detailed Description
    • Attorney 1°, Inventor 2°
  • Examples
    • Inventor
  • Claims
    • Attorney 1°, Inventor 2°
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The Tech Transfer ProcessLicensing: Key Features

I Definitions

II Grant of Rightsexcl/non-exclusivefield of useterritory

III Sublicensing

IV Government & University RightsBayh-Dole research & publication

V Royaltieslicense fee /sales royalties /milestone payments /maintenance fees /equity

VI Reports and AuditsColorado Open Records Act

VII Performance Guaranteesregulatory/commercial milestones

VIII Patent Prosecution, Enforcement & Defenseeither party may direct with oversight licensee pays patent costs

IX Indemnificationstate requirements no guarantees

X Duration / Terminationterm is usually for the life of the patentuniversity can cancel only for breach

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Concluding Remarks

  • What inventors want from technology transfer:
    • Responsive TTO
    • Minimal intrusion into basic research and publication
    • Sources of funds: research, discretionary and personal
  • What TTO wants from inventors:
    • Timely information
    • Commitment to the process
  • What corporations want from the University:
    • Access to top technology at a fair price
    • Partnership
  • What TTO wants from corporate licensees:
    • True commitment to develop and commercialize the IP
    • Understanding of university values and constraints