Category Archives: OTT

How are Medical Device Patents Different?

A medical device is defined as an instrument, application, or implant that is used in the diagnosis or treatment of a disease or other medical condition. Medical device patents differ from patents on biologics or pharmaceutical products in that there is less need to establish the efficacy of the device, actually build a prototype, or […]

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Mastering Reagent Agreements – Improving Ease and Speed

In today’s challenging climate, technology transfer offices try new ways to increase the number of licenses executed and reduce the time from disclosure to license. Research tools (reagent) licenses are an area where many offices, including ours, can increase their efficiency and effectiveness in licensing. Unlike agreements for the software, medical devices, and therapeutics that […]

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Material Sharing Made Simpler: New Outgoing MTA

The ability of investigators to share research materials is an integral part of successful collaborations. Contractually, institutions facilitate such sharing via the completion of material transfer agreements (MTAs), which memorialize the rights and restrictions of each party and allow the signing institutions to ensure that transfers are in compliance with standing legal obligations. Unfortunately, the […]

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AIA – First Investor File

On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act, known as the AIA, into law. The purpose of this act was to modernize the United States patent system, and as a result several provisions have been implemented that change the way patents are regulated. On March 16, 2013, the eighteen-month anniversary of […]

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ReTechTran – an Evolution of Emory’s Technology Transfer Program

Recent economic and political pressures have resulted in increased interest in university technology transfer activities. Recognizing this heightened interest in our work, Emory’s OTT wants to ensure that our technology transfer program continues to be viewed as one of the leading programs in the country. To accomplish that goal, our office has embarked on a […]

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NIH Streamlines Technology Transfer Process

excerpted from NIHPress: The National Institutes of Health is launching the electronic Research Materials catalog (eRMa)(link) to streamline the federal government’s technology transfer process. This project addresses one of the important directives in a Presidential memorandum related to the commercialization of federal research and support for high-growth business potential. the new system will streamline the […]

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