Kill or keep patent applications: the TTO dilemma

A rigorous methodology is essential to manage university patent portfolios, say Bruno Reynolds and Ben Oakley from Oxentia in Oxford   Unlike corporations or venture investors, technology transfer offices are influenced by non-commercial drivers as well as market drivers, such as maximising revenue. Non-commercial considerations that influence TTOs include attracting and retaining faculty, demonstrating technological capabilities…

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How to set up a proof of concept fund: The dos and don’ts

It has become clear that investments in university research and even a successful commercialization office do not automatically generate innovation and economic activity. Instead, many academic groups are taking the necessary further steps to achieving successful outcomes by setting up proof of concept funds, geared to provide the seed funding that can catapult promising early-stage…

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