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Is Technology Transfer (Finally) Going Mainstream?

2013 has been a banner year. In his State-of-the-State Address of 9 January, Governor Cuomo mentioned Technology Transfer by name. (Transcript of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s 2013 State of the State Address, specifically paragraphs 11 & 12). Okay. The Governor actually called our profession “tech-transfer” (twice) but he did explain what we do quite succinctly. He mentioned New York State’s lack of VC funding as one of the gaps we need to fill. In his address, the Governor strongly put forward the idea of “innovation hotspots” that are currently being discussed as an important end-of-the-legislative-term accomplishment that needs to get done in the next week, or so.

On Tuesday, President Obama announced plans to deter unhelpful patent litigation by legislating against non-practicing entities. In the common parlance, these NPEs are known as “patent trolls.” In fact, the White House press release uses the word “troll” no fewer than five times.

Articles have sprung up all over, with catchy titles like “Obama announces action against patent trolls” (World Intellectual Property Review), “Make Patent Trolls Pay in Court” (The New York Times), and “Obama wants to crack down on patent trolls. That’s not enough.” (The Washington Post). We will discuss the issue of non-practicing entries in another post.

For now, it’s simply a relief to have formerly esoteric topics such as patent trolls and, indeed, the entire discipline of technology transfer being openly discussed. Who knows where this will lead? A general and wide-spread understanding and awareness of technology transfer? Maybe even one day the e-mails announcing deals on servers and the telephone calls soliciting employment in the Information Technology Department will stop. But probably not.

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What is the “Technology” in Technology Transfer?

It is important that everyone understands what “technology” means in the context of Technology Transfer. Anything novel with some kind of translational potential – no matter how vague and abstract at its inception – is considered a new technology! It can be as obscure as a theoretical concept of a new treatment method, or as concrete as a structurally novel chemical compound with biological activities. Whatever the case may be, pick up the phone or send us an email – we welcome any and all opportunities to answer your questions and help guide you through the process! After all…that is what we’re here for! See our web site for methods of contacting us.

At one time, there was a misconception that disclosing a technology to OTT would preclude a researcher from publishing his findings until a patent application was published. This is not true. We strongly encourage our researchers to consult with us prior to any public disclosure in order to secure intellectual property protection, if appropriate. A public disclosure can be a submitted abstract, a poster displayed in a public place, a presentation given to a non-University audience, a manuscript sent for peer review, a grant application, or a casual conversation with an industry representative. Once disclosure occurs, many intellectual property rights are forfeited. Not only will this reduce the potential value of the technology, it may limit your rights to practice your own invention. We are here to help you – not get in your way. OTT will work with you to ensure that proper IP protection strategies are in place in advance of your intended date of public disclosure.