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In this issue

Special Highlight

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".

Read full report.

Feature of the Month

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:  

News and Information

  • Government Role in R&D Crucial to Innovation –

    "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)

  • Going Global Science and Technology (S&T) Fund – The Fund is specifically designed to promote and enhance Canada's international science and technology efforts by supporting Canadian researchers in accessing international R&D collaborative opportunities through the development of partnerships with key players in other countries/economies. Fund has been renewed for a two fiscal year period (October 2006 to March 31, 2008). Find out more.
  • Supreme Court Decision Will Alter Structure of Future Deals, Licensing Executives Society Says – Shock waves are reverberating through the intellectual property licensing profession following the January 9, 2007 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow biotech company MedImmune to challenge a patent owned by Genentech, a competitor, even though MedImmune continues to pay royalties to Genentech.

    "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:

    1. It encourages a firm to take out a licence and pay royalties as a preliminary protection against loss of the case when it intends to challenge the patent.
    2. It allows the licensee to question what it has licensed years after taking the licence whilst protecting itself against possible loss of the case by continuing its royalty payments.

    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 MRI Strategic Plan can be downloaded and feedback on this plan is welcomed by e-mail, mail or fax before January 31, 2007.  Find out more.

Recommended Articles, Books, Papers and Reports


  • Aggarwal, A. “Best practices in offshoring of intellectual property services” , Intellectual Asset Management, December/January 2007, issue 21, pp.17-21.

    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.

  • Allen, J. “Swords Into Plowshars: How Tech Transfer (Unless We Mess It Up) Can Help The World” , les Nouvelles, December 2006, vol. XLI, no.4, pp.219-223.

    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.

  • Barney, J.A. “The quality conundrum” , Intellectual Asset Management, October/November 2006, pp.31-36.

    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.

  • Feldman, M. and Kelley, M. “The ex ante assessment of knowledge spillovers: Government R&D policy, economic incentives and private firm behavior” , Research Policy, 2006, vol.35, no.10, pp.1509-1521.

    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

  • Fieseler, R. and Erwin, C. “Foreign Patents: When Less Is More” , BioProcess International, February 2004, pp.36-39.

    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.

  • Ghafele, R., Hundertmark, S., Reboul, Y. and Wurzer, A. “It's time to rethink IP education” , Intellectual Asset Management, December/January 2007, issue 21, pp. 28-32.

    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.

  • Jenkins, J. L. “How to build a strong technology valuation foundation” , YCE Technology Commercialization Newsletter, December 2006.

    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 (

  • Juno, T. “Legalink: Why Provisionals Need Claims” , Journal of the Association of University Technology Managers, Fall 2006, vol. XVIII, no.2, pp.69-75.

    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.

  • Landry, R., Amara, N. and Rherrad, I. “Why are some university researchers more likely to create spin-offs than others? Evidence from Canadian universities” , Research Policy, 2006, vol.35, no.10, pp.1599-1615.

    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

  • Langford, C.H., Hall, J., Josty, P., Matos, S. and Jacobson, A. “Indicators and outcomes of Canadian university research: Proxies becoming goals?” , Research Policy, 2006, vol.35, no.10, pp.1586-1598.

    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

  • Lawton Smith, H. and Ho, K. “Measuring the performance of Oxford University, Oxford Brookes University and the government laboratories' spin-off companies” , Research Policy, 2006, vol.35, no.10, pp.1554-1568.

    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

  • Reinhardt, D.F. and Wurzer, A.J. “Value and Quality Based Patent Portfolio Management” , les Nouvelles, December 2006, vol. XLI, no.4, pp.266-273.

    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."


  • Mills, O. “Biotechnological Inventions: Moral Restraints and Patent Law” , Ashgate Publishing, 2005, 195 pages, CDN$ 116.49, ISBN: 0-7456-2420-X.

    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.

  • Thamhain, H.J. “Management of Technology – Managing Effectively in Technology-Intensive Organizations” , John Wiley & Sons Canada, Ltd., 2005, 400 pages, CDN$ 142.99, ISBN: 0-471-41551-0.

    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 ( with the appropriate bibliographic information.

Technology Transfer Tools

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!)

Technologies from Federal Labs

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)

If you would like to include information on technologies developed in your federal laboratory in the next edition of FPTT News, please send an email to Rosanne Mensour (

Federal Patents Granted to Canada's Federal Laboratories

If you would like to include information on a federal patent that has been granted to your laboratory in the next edition of FPTT News, please send an email to Rosanne Mensour (

Interesting Links

  • Eureka Website on Venture Capital – EUREKA is a European network for market-oriented R&D. Main objectives include:

    • strengthening European competitiveness
    • promoting innovation in market-oriented collaborative projects
    • involving industry, research institutes and universities across Europe
    • resulting in innovative products, processes and services.
    Find out more.
  • 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 Meetings and Events

  • FPTT Quebec Chapter Meeting – The next FPTT Quebec Chapter meeting will take place on February 22, 2007 in Montreal, QC. Details have been sent to members.
  • FPTT Prairies Chapter Meeting – The next FPTT Prairies Chapter meeting will take place in February 2007. Details will be sent to members shortly.
  • 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:

Training Opportunities


  • Business Development Academy (BDA)The BDA is committed to providing unparalleled educational opportunities to the business community. Their mission is to develop a curriculum and recruit the instructors that will best serve our members in developing the critical thinking skills necessary to grow their businesses. They strive to present lectures that provide our members with key insights into core business development competencies as well as furnish speakers that discuss breaking businesses trends.
    December ,
    More information and to register.

January 2007

February 2007

  • New! Basics of Law Course – Module I: Evidence

    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

    Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
    More information and to register.

    ***Registration Deadline: January 26, 2007

  • New! IP in Corporate Transactions

    February 19, 2007 in Montreal, QC (in french)
    February 27, 2007 in Toronto, ON
    February 28, 2007 in Calgary, AB

    Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
    More information and to register.

    ***Registration Deadline: February 5, 2007

March 2007

April 2007

May 2007

June 2007

  • New! ACCT Intermediate Licensing Course
    Alliance for the Commercialization of Canadian Technology
    June 12, 2007
    Halifax, NS
    More information and to register.
  • Advanced Valuation Skills
    Licensing Executives Society (USA-Canada)
    June 13, 2007 to June 14, 2007
    Philadelphia (USA)
    More information and to register.
  • New! International Intellectual Property Law - A summer program for lawyers and other professionals

    Delivered by a partnership of University of Victoria, University of Oxford, Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre and University of Illinois College of Law

    University of Victoria, University of Oxford, Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre and University of Illinois College of Law
    June 29, 2007 to August 10, 2007
    Oxford, England
    More information and to register.

July 2007

September 2007

Upcoming Events

February 2007

  • LES 2007 Winter Meeting
    Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada)
    February 21, 2007 to February 23, 2007
    San Francisco (USA)
    More information and to register.
  • 4th International Intellectual Property Forum – Quebec (FORPIQ)
    International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys
    February 22, 2007 to February 23, 2007
    Montreal, QC
    More information and to register.

    ***Please note: each presentation will be simultaneously translated (french/english)

  • New! "Business Development Through Technology Transfer"
    February 28, 2007 to March 2, 2007
    Palais des Festivals, Cannes
    More information and to register.

March 2007

April 2007

  • NBIA International Conference on Business Incubators
    National Business Incubation Association
    April 1, 2007 to April 4, 2007
    Seattle (USA)
    More information and to register.

May 2007

June 2007

September 2007

  • 41st World Intellectual Property Congress
    International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
    September 6, 2007 to September 11, 2007
    Boston (USA)
    More information will be available shortly at:

October 2007

February 2008

  • New! 2008 AUTM Annual Meeting
    Association of University Technology Managers
    February 28, 2008 to March 1, 2008
    San Diego (USA)
    More information

May 2008

October 2008

  • LES Annual Meeting 2008
    Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada)
    October 19, 2008 to October 23, 2008
    Orlando (USA)
    More information will be available shortly at:

February 2009

  • New! 2009 AUTM Annual Meeting
    Association of University Technology Managers
    February 12, 2009 to February 14, 2009
    Orlando (USA)
    More information

May 2009

October 2009

  • LES Annual Meeting 2009
    Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada)
    October 18, 2009 to October 22, 2009
    San Francisco (USA)
    More information will be available shortly at:

Jobs Available

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