In Considering Patent Law Changes, Don’t Forget Impact on Universities.Washington State University (WSU) and the University of Washington (UW) recently released a report that provides valuable insight into how university R&D spurs industry innovation and economic growth and highlights the need for careful consideration by Congress when thinking about any changes to our patent system. Brian Pomper, the Executive Director of the Innovation Alliance, a group that represents several research organizations on policy issues, summarizes. I encourage you to take a look at this summary and the UW/WSU report. (BTW, this post doesn’t represent an endorsement of Innovation Alliance).

On May 20, 2013, 20 “experts”were invited to the White House Lab-to-Market Inter-Agency Summit in Washington, D.C., organized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Institutes of Health’s Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The goal was to have national experts outside of the federal agency system recommend ways to increase the return-on-investment for the $140 billion expenditures on federally-funded research and development. Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Technology and Innovation, OSTP and Todd Park U.S. Chief Technology Officer, challenged panelists to offer inspirational and transformational, not incremental, ideas.

via Report on the White House Lab-to-Market Summit. Report at

University Tech Licensing Has Substantial Impact on Economy | | Patents & Patent Law. The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), a nonprofit association of academic technology transfer professionals, has publishes an annual survey of North American universities, hospitals and research institutions looking at a number of data points that reveal licensing activity. The information gathered includes the number of patents, the number of invention disclosures, the number of startups created and the amount of licensing income received.  AUTM U.S. Licensing Activity Survey: FY2011, and the AUTM Canadian Licensing Activity Survey: FY2011, published Dec. 10. This is a good opportunity to mention the invaluable role of AUTM. Check out their website and note their educational webcasts – several good for the IP basics and much more.