Track C

C1 Improving Collaboration Among the University’s Sponsored Programs, Technology Transfer Offices and Corporate Engagement Offices

Track: IP Trends and Successful Practices

Target Audience: All Audiences

Ben Frey, Northwestern University

Adrian Cyhan, J.D., Foley & Lardner LLP
Matt McNair, J.D., The Ohio State University
Michael Straightiff, University of Virginia

Increasingly universities are focusing on companies as funding sources for research. This trend has hastened the need for a comprehensive, coherent, effective approach to managing intellectual property considerations across all relevant offices early in the corporate engagement process. While it has long been important to address intellectual property (IP) ownership, license rights, rights to background IP and prosecution mechanics in the context of the sponsored research agreement, the increased complexity of university intellectual property portfolios coupled with changing industry norms have elevated the need to manage expectations and negotiate effective solutions that address the current needs of both parties.  All offices at a university involved in securing industry funding must work together to assess and valuate IP risks and opportunities, preferably with designated individuals liaising between the offices and interfacing with the corporate sponsor. Join us to share perspectives on best practices in connecting sponsored programs, technology transfer and corporate relations offices in the context of engaging industry sponsors. 

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