Highlights & Networking Events


Career Development Forum

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Sunday, March 12
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

This highly interactive session, presented by some of the most experienced professionals in the field, will examine the typical roles and responsibilities involved for entry-, mid- and senior-level licensing positions and various specialized positions. Presenters and participants will have time to engage in spirited conversations about challenges and opportunities at every level. If you are thinking about your future professional goals or are new to the profession and would like to know about options within the field, this session is for you.

First-time Attendee Briefing

Sunday, March 12
4:30 – 5 p.m.

This session is tailored for first-time attendees or those who have only attended a few times. This session will help you maximize your experience at the AUTM Annual Meeting. The facilitators will briefly review the conference program and underscore specific educational and networking opportunities, forums, receptions, and other meeting highlights and special events. The partnering software, AUTM Connect™, will also be reviewed to maximize your networking capabilities. You’ll also learn about membership benefits available long after the meeting has ended.

First-time Attendee Reception

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Sunday, March 12
5 – 6 p.m.

Start off the meeting with this reception designed for those new to the AUTM Annual Meeting. Introduce yourself to other new attendees, exchange business cards and enjoy the refreshments at this networking event. 

Fireside Chat Featuring Michelle Lee
Sunday, March 12
6 – 7 p.m.

Join AUTM President, David Winwood, PhD, RTTP, as he interviews Michelle Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Learn more.

Keynote Speaker Russell E. Levine, PC, CLP

Monday, March 13
8 – 10 a.m.

Back by popular demand, we welcome Russell E. Levine to the center stage. As a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP where he has spent his entire 30+ year career, he focuses his trial, appellate and alternative dispute resolution practice on patent infringement matters and disputes involving and related to technology transfer and patent license agreements. Mr. Levine’s expertise enables him to identify the “Top 10” court decisions affecting licensing which he’ll present in an entertaining and informative manner.  Learn more.

Industry Presentations

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Monday, March 13
1:30 – 5:15 p.m.

Join the leaders of Industry and Academia to network and learn about early-stage technology acquisition opportunities. During this session you’ll quickly learn what type of technologies industry partners seek and the best way to contact them. A networking reception open to all attendees immediately follows the session. 

Opening Reception

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Monday, March 13
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Kick off the annual meeting in style. The Opening Reception is a great place to start networking and make new friends. Bring plenty of business cards!


Pitch and Play – the AUTM Venture Challenge

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Tuesday, March 14
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

You won’t want to miss this years’ “Fishbowl Fights”. Similar to the popular TV show Shark Tank, but without the bite, you’ll watch in real time as top venture investors in the country discuss business plan presentations from university-related startup companies as they compete for a $10,000 cash prize. This is a unique opportunity to learn what makes a successful pitch. Learn what worked, what didn’t and why, so you can improve your own techniques.  Learn more.

Read these stories about the impact of Venture Forum on past winners.
 

Art Deco Walking Tour

(additional fee required, spots are limited)
Tuesday, March 14
1:30 – 5 p.m.

Hop on a charter bus to South Beach where you will take a guided tour of the Art Deco District. Lovers of the unique Art Deco style of architecture will be in awe of the largest group of Art Deco buildings in America, located on Miami Beach. More buildings of this period are being restored every day. Cotton candy-colored hotels and apartment houses dot the square miles on South Beach, the only 20th century historic district listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. This streamlined
architecture and style popular in the 20’s and 30’s is enjoying a resurgence and the Art Deco District is one of the East Coast’s hottest night spots.

Innovation Keynote Featuring Kavita Shukla

Wednesday, March 15
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Discover how inspiration often comes from the most unlikely of places. Hear the story of Kavita Shukla, a groundbreaking social entrepreneur, and her lessons learned about bringing product to market. Learn more.
 

Closing Reception

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Wednesday, March 15
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Send out the AUTM Annual Meeting in style. Take advantage of this opportunity to cement new connections and mingle with friends and colleagues. Enjoy delicious appetizers and prepare to say adios to Hollywood, Florida. 
 

AUTM 2017 Annual Meeting Sponsors