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The Honourable Mr. Stéphane Dion Supports the FPTT Initiative – In his recent report entitled "From the Lab to the Market: Stéphane Dion's Innovation and Commercialization Plan", The Honourable Mr. Dion makes reference to the importance of the Federal Partners in Technology Transfer initiative. He said: "Working with this group, I would ensure that there is the necessary funding and support available to enable an effective technology transfer capacity in all federal science based departments and agencies".
FPTT Awards 2007: Call for Nominations – Once again the Federal Partners in Technology Transfer (FPTT) Awards Program will honour the federal government's leaders in technology transfer and the successful transfer of federal research to those who can best exploit it. The Awards Program, however, is only as good as the quality and quantity of nominations received. The FPTT Executive Office is therefore seeking your help in identifying and nominating candidates who have made significant contributions to federal technology transfer for a 2007 FPTT award.
Please note that the aim of the FPTT Awards Program is to recognize technology transfer efforts in federal departments and not research — no matter how innovative.
Deadline to apply: March 1, 2007. For more details on the FPTT Awards Program and to download the Call for Nomination form, please go to: http://www.fptt-pftt.gc.ca/eng/success/awards/index.html.
"Government R&D spending of little short-term value: study" – The Ottawa Citizen
"Effect of government R&D is 'at best nil' Industry Canada reports -Research by business and universities found much more beneficial." – The Vancouver Sun and The Montreal Gazette
These newspaper headlines grossly misrepresented an Industry Canada working paper by over-exaggerating the paper's claims that government research & development (R&D) is of limited value. The working paper is an analysis of 16 OECD countries on the impact of R&D expenditure on labour productivity growth between 1979 and 2000. The authors concluded that "The effect of government intramural R&D on labour productivity growth is not significant; this is not surprising given that much intramural governmental R&D is in support of regulatory functions and therefore not expected or meant to have an impact on labour productivity." Read complete article. (source: PIPS Communications Magazine, V.32, N.4, Winter 2006, p.16)
"This decision will alter the structure of future deals," said Allen Baum, President of the Licensing Executives Society, USA & Canada (LES). "It changes the rules of engagement." Find out more.
Comments from an FPTT Member: Slater Grimley, Guest Worker, NRC-IRAP
"This is an interesting US ruling that may have to be followed in Canada when a Canadian licensor licenses in the US or when a US firm licenses in Canada. It is therefore of interest to [federal labs].
It provides one-way protection of a licensee against at least two possibilities:
The continuing royalty payments seemingly intend to inhibit the licensor from having a case against the licensee for objecting to what it has licensed. The US court apparently favoured this one-way protection of the licensee versus the licensor. One effect might even be to encourage a paying licensee to advise others not to pay.
Previously the licensee had to cease licence payments before making a court challenge. The ruling will be investigated by the Licensing Executives Society which has members in Canada and in other countries."
Ministry of Research and Innovation Seeks Input on Strategic Plan – the ministry has developed a strategic plan to position Ontario as an innovation leader. The purpose of this plan is to trigger discussion among all of their partners – businesses, academic institutions and government ministries. A copy the can be downloaded and on this plan is welcomed by e-mail, mail or fax before January 31, 2007. Find out more.
When conversation turns to IP and offshoring, things can often get heated. But whether people like it or not, moving certain types of IP work to countries such as India is here to stay. And, if done properly, it can also bring major cost savings without any drop in quality.
The economy of the 21st Century will be driven by tapping the creativity of the human mind, the greatest unlimited natural resource in the world. And what's the key for unlocking this treasure? A strong, dependable intellectual property system.
It has always been easy to measure the size of a patent portfolio. More complicated has been the task of working out its quality. Now, however, new statistical benchmarking methods are emerging which could make things a whole lot simpler.
This paper investigates the role of government R&D subsidy programs in stimulating knowledge spillovers. R&D subsidies are an effective public policy instrument when knowledge spillovers exist yet ex ante it is difficult to identify projects that have the greatest potential to increase innovation and economic growth. Following the post-award activities of firm, the authors find that receipt of a government R&D subsidy increased the funding from other sources when compared to firms that were not awarded funding. This article is available for download at www.sciencedirect.com.
The question of whether and where to file foreign patent applications raises an unavoidable dilemma: On the one hand, no one wants to be known as the person who decided against getting foreign patents for an innovation that winds up having substantial worldwide commercial potential. On the other hand, no one wants to be the person who decided to obtain a slew of foreign patents for an innovation that seemed promising at the time but never made it into the company's product line or had any other commercial use, either. Here are some ways to resolve the foreign patenting dilemma. Read complete article.
Further interdisciplinary training on IP management is vital if the full potential in IP rights is to be realised. What is needed is a master's programme that helps to overcome current educational shortcomings.
How effective is your technology valuation process? Can you measure its effectiveness? Where do you start to assess your technology valuation process? To receive a free copy of this article, please send an email to John Jenkins (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Obtaining a patent protection for a university invention can be a costly and time-intensive proposition, so many universities file provisional patent applications. But provisionals should not be considered "quickie" paten applications as the resulting application probably will neither satisfy potential licensing partners nor provide a sufficient platform on which to build a patent portfolio.
This paper addresses the following question: why are some university researchers more likely to create spin-off companies than others? The study database consists of 1554 university researchers funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The results suggest that the traditional and entrepreneurial visions of university research complement each other when one looks at the resources mobilized by researchers to launch spin-offs. This article is available for download at www.sciencedirect.com.
This paper analyzes Canadian Government attempts to encourage and measure commercialization of university knowledge for socio-economic improvement. Three key issues emerge: (1) current proxies focus on licensing and spin-off, and do not measure several important paths of knowledge flow; (2) most readily available proxies are derived from aggregate data and are inadequate to fully reflect the idiosyncratic and path-dependent nature of innovation; (3) if the goals and incentives of the actors in the 'triple helix' are skewed or misinterpreted by indicators, universities and firms may engage in counterproductive activities. The authors propose additional indicators that might help to prevent one measurable dimension from becoming the policy driver to the detriment of the overall goals. This article is available for download at www.sciencedirect.com.
The paper reports on a recent study, which uses various indicators to provide insight on the performance of spin-off companies from the public sector research base in Oxfordshire (UK). This article is available for download at www.sciencedirect.com.
Management pioneer Peter Drucker said in 1992: "What gets measured gets managed" and applied to patents this means that the patent values must be made accessible to measurements in order to take the right steps for increasing the patent value and especially for identifying license potential."
This book is a rather focused discussion of specific legal provisions, mainly Art.53 of the European Patent Convention, that introduce moral concerns into the patent granting process. It assumes a considerable degree of understanding of patent basics. The book also deals in some detail with the relatively little-known subject of plant varieties and gives an excellent overview of this subject. Order book.
The book discusses cutting-edge management concepts, tools, and techniques that effectively work in today's technology-intensive organizations. New management tools and techniques play an increasingly important role in every organization for creating quality products, services, and content faster, cheaper, and at a higher quality. Technology crosses virtually all levels and all disciplines of an enterprise. Therefore, the principles of managing technology are relevant not only to people in the traditional engineering-scientific community, but also apply to any organization and business that must effectively deal with the application, integration, and transfer of technology. Financial institutions, government agencies, architectural firms, and healthcare providers are just a few examples of the vast array of organizations that must function effectively in technology-based environments, and therefore be able to manage technology. Order book.
If you have any articles/books/papers/reports that you would like to recommend, please send an email to Rosanne Mensour (email@example.com) with the appropriate bibliographic information.
FPTT Training Inventory – Become a player in technology transfer, technology marketing, technology commercialization and intellectual property management and others by exploring the unique training opportunities offered by the various organizations. Consult the FPTT Training Inventory.
(Please note: As a service to the technology transfer and intellectual property community, FPTT will attempt to maintain this training inventory and add new links as they become available. Your assistance is critical to the value and utility of these pages – please let us know of any additional sites to include or broken links to fix or remove. Thank you!)
NRC Technology Gives a Boost to the Canadian Aerospace Industry - When Bell Helicopter Textron Canada (BHTCL) needed a made-in-Canada solution, they contacted the NRC Institute for Aerospace Research (NRC Aerospace) to manufacture a next-generation wingbox for a tiltrotor aircraft. The NRC team led a multi-partner collaboration that produced the innovative wingbox and expanded manufacturing capabilities within the Canadian aerospace community by transferring the technology to Delastek, a small company in Quebec. Read complete article. (source: NRC Highlights, January 2007)
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Eureka Website on Venture Capital – EUREKA is a European network for market-oriented R&D. Main objectives include:
CORDIS Focus: RTD Results Supplement – This special issue includes a section on: "Technology Opportunities: Recent highlights from the CORDIS Technology Marketplace". Find out more.
FPTT National Capital Region Chapter Meeting – The next FPTT NCR Chapter meeting has been postponed until March 2007 at the Canadian Intellectual Property Office in Ottawa, ON. Details will be sent to members shortly.
FPTT National Meeting and Awards Ceremony 2007 – The FPTT National Meeting and Awards Ceremony 2007 will be held on June 12, 2007 in Halifax, NS. Further details will be available shortly at: http://www.fptt-pftt.gc.ca/eng/index.html.
Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
February 1, 2007 in Montreal, QC (in french)
February 8, 2007 in Vancouver, BC
February 15, 2007 in Ottawa, ON
February 22, 2007 in Toronto, ON
***Registration Deadline: January 26, 2007
February 19, 2007 in Montreal, QC (in french)
February 27, 2007 in Toronto, ON
February 28, 2007 in Calgary, AB
***Registration Deadline: February 5, 2007
Delivered by a partnership of University of Victoria, University of Oxford, Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre and University of Illinois College of LawUniversity of Victoria, University of Oxford, Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre and University of Illinois College of Law
***Please note: each presentation will be simultaneously translated (french/english)
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