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Welcome to our final newsletter of FY2013. The licensing component of ORPC continued to outperform expectations, with UNH setting new records once again for invention disclosures, licenses, startups, and royalty income. I'm particularly proud of our licensing activity, which increased five-fold over FY12. There are big changes afoot in FY14 and we look forward to continuing to provide access to UNH's innovations and talent.
 
Cheers!
Marc

Marc Sedam
Executive Director
orpc.unh@unh.edu
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New Hampshire Innovation Research Center - Annual Meeting Highlights



On June 26, Dartmouth College hosted the Annual Meeting of the NHIRC where Marc Sedam, Executive Director, emphasized that the State Budget for the program increased due to NHIRC Day and the compelling metrics of job and economic impact. Board member Chris Way, DRED, highlighted the efficiencies that will occur with a new implementation for managing the program finances. Award recipients from Celdara Medical and Design Mentor described the enhanced ability to obtain SBIR/STTR funding through the NH Inspires Innovation Program and Program Consultant Lisa Kurek outlined next steps to increase this federal funding to New Hampshire.

In this biennium, there will be two cycles to request proposals with projects starting January 1, 2014 and July 1, 2014.

For more information about the NHIRC, go to the website at http://www.nhirc.unh.edu/ or contact Gretchen Smith at 603-862-0123.

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ORPC BLOG POST SUMMARIES: APRIL - JUNE 2013


March 16, 2013: End of an Era


April 1, 2013
Tristan Carrier

Since President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) in September 2011, people with even a passing interest or remote connection to the patent system have had March 16, 2013 circled on their calendar. The United States Patent System has been turned on its head, with some proclaiming victory. Common sentiments are that the law brings U.S. patent law in line with the rest of the world, and that it will help to protect inventors while simultaneously fostering innovation. ORPC's Tristan Carrier, however, feels that AIA will mostly help large, multinational corporations and will likely make his job as a University Technology Licensing Manager more difficult. 

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Innovations in... Mobile Apps


April 1, 2013
Tristan Carrier

The ORPC Innovation Catalyst Seminar Series allows for the discussion of issues and case studies, led by experienced speakers, that are of common interest and relevant to technology innovation and commercialization. In February, ORPC hosted a lively discussion on Innovations in Mobile Apps. Our speakers presented different experiences and driving forces behind their own app development activities to a packed house of faculty, staff, students, and budding app developers from around New Hampshire.
 

A State-wide Infrastructure to Support Entrepreneurial Success


April 15, 2013
Gretchen Smith


What happens when you have a round-table discussion among entrepreneurs and early stage companies with experts who know how to write a winning Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposal, know how to reduce the roadblocks related to intellectual property, and have state funding to seed research & business partnerships? You have all the ingredients of a collaborative program that offers a pathway from innovation to commercialization and job creation for NH.


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Navigating the Intersections of Intellectual Asset Management and Graduate Education


April 19, 2013
Maria Emanuel


Should graduate students sign confidentiality agreements before joining a lab? If classes involve projects with outside companies who request that participating students sign a confidentiality agreement, should the university be responsible for signing the confidentiality agreements? These scenarios highlight challenges that many technology transfer offices (TTOs) are encountering, or will likely encounter in the near future. As students become increasingly proactive about intellectual property and their rights, TTOs must prepare for the implementation challenges posed by the America Invents Act. This is an important time for TTOs to really invest in strategic education strategies and developing their relationships with their institutional colleagues.

Maria Emanuel, ORPC Senior Licensing Manager, outlines three core messages to think about regarding the intersection of IP and graduate education.

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Be a Part of the UNH-IOL at at Quarter Century!

June 11, 2013
Bob Noseworthy


In 2013, the UNH-IOL will enter its 25th year. Over the years, thousands of UNH-IOL graduates have successfully moved into the industry, and today the UNH-IOL actively seeks to grow our pipeline, from increased outreach to area high school students to pursue STEM degrees, to high-school internships, to scholarships, to encouraging our students to seek out summer internships from our members, to undergraduate and graduate research projects, thesis and dissertations and more. 

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Welcoming Chris Leming and Nate Blase to the ORPC!


June 19, 2013
Maria Emanuel


The ORPC is delighted to welcome our newest class of interns from the UNH School of Law! Chris Leming and Nate Blase started in the office on June 3, 2013 and will be working with us throughout the summer and the next academic year. Nate and Chris just recently completed their 1L year of law school and bring a terrific variety of experiences to the ORPC.

While working with the ORPC, our goal is to utilize Chris and Nate’s backgrounds to assist the licensing managers, and for Nate and Chris to gain hands-on experiences, with tech transfer - including innovator interviews; prior art searches; market research; and, review of agreements such as non-disclosure agreements, intellectual property terms of sponsored research agreements, material transfer agreements, and license agreements. 

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Soybeans & DNA: Two Important Supreme Court Decisions


June 25, 2013
Chris Leming


The U.S. Supreme Court recently delivered two unanimous decisions, Bowman v. Monsanto (Bowman) [PDF] and Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics (Myriad) [PDF]. One affirmed industry legal analysis, and the other upended it. In Bowman, the Court held that growing a patented plant and harvesting its seed is equivalent to making the patented seed. In Myriad, the Court reversed thirty years of industry practice and held that isolated DNA is not patentable, but human-made cDNA is.

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For more detailed information on the above summarized events and activities, please visit our Intellectual Property Blog.  

Another Seminar Series Comes to a Close


The ORPC concluded another successful Innovation Catalyst Seminar Series with a presentation from our Executive Director, Marc Sedam, on “Innovations in…Lean Startups”. Marc discussed the basics of the Lean Startup concept and how it’s being applied on and off campus to create better companies, faster. Visit our Innovation Catalyst Seminar Series page to view Marc’s presentation.

Many thanks to all our exceptional speakers in the Series! We hosted numerous industry experts who presented on a variety of topics related to the theme of “Innovations in…” various business segments important to the State of New Hampshire.

We will be announcing the theme of our Fall 2013/Spring 2014 series in mid-August. Please check the Innovations Catalyst Seminar Series page for updates. These seminars are educational, free, open to the public, and always conclude with refreshments and networking. It is a great opportunity to engage with fellow innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, University staff, students and local business leaders! We expect to see you there!


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Best Wishes, Chris!


On behalf of the ORPC, we would like to send our sincere gratitude and well wishes to Chris Baxter, licensing intern, June 2012 – April 2013. Chris recently completed his second year of law school at UNH School of Law and was a valuable member of our team, assisting the ORPC with a number of objectives. We wish him luck at his externship at Seyfarth Shaw, LLP in Boston this summer and look forward to hearing about his future career accomplishments!
 

ORPC/NHIRC Comings & Goings


ORPC/NHIRC Presentations & Panels

Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools
April 12, 2013
Presenter: Maria Emanuel
Presentation Title: Intellectual Assets

Innovation Catalyst Seminar Series
April 18, 2013
Presenters: Marc Sedam
Presentation Title: Innovations in...Lean Startups

Spring Meeting
May 1, 2013
Presenter: Marc Sedam
Presentation Title: National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA)

2013 TechConnect World & National Innovation Summit
May 13, 2013
Presenter: Maria Emanuel
Presentation Title: NSPECT: Neutron Spectroscope

Symposium on Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Higher Education
June 12, 2013
Presenter: Marc Sedam
Presentation Title: Panel Member - Emerging University Innovation

Sustainability Institute Lunch & Learn
June 24, 2013
Presenters: Maria Emanuel and Tim Willis
Presentation Title: Intellectual Assets

NHIRC Oversight Committee
June 26, 2013
Presenter: Marc Sedam and Gretchen Smith
Presentation Title: NHIRC Annual Meeting

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ORPC/NHIRC Attended Conferences & Events

NH Business Incubator Network
April 15, 2013
Attendee: Marc Sedam

Paul College Alumni Networking Breakfast
May 1, 2013
Attendee: Marc Sedam

USNH Financial Affairs Committee Meeting
May 2, 2013
Attendee: Marc Sedam

NH High Tech Council (NHHTC) Year-End
May 6, 2013
Attendee: Marc Sedam

2013 TechConnect World & National Innovation Summit
May 13-15, 2013
Attendees: Tristan Carrier, Maria Emanuel

Live Free and Start abi Party
May 23, 2013
Attendee: Marc Sedam

QA Café Open House
May 23, 2013
Attendee: Marc Sedam

Bernstein Shur Networking Hour
May 24, 2013
Attendee: Marc Sedam

Nantucket Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation
June 7-9, 2013
Attendee: Marc Sedam

NH SBDC Regional Office Open House
June 11, 2013
Attendee: Marc Sedam

EPSCoR Statewide Committee Meeting
June 19, 2013
Attendee: Marc Sedam

2013 Regional SBIR/STTR Summer Session
June 20, 2013
Attendees: Gretchen Smith, Tristan Carrier, Maria Emanuel

International Association of Privacy Professionals
June 21, 2013
Attendee: Timothy Willis

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ORPC/NHIRC Sponsored Seminars and Events

Paul J. Holloway Prize Innovation-to-Market Competition
May 8, 2013
Faculty Advisor: Marc Sedam

Nantucket Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation
June 7-9, 2013
Hosted By: Dyn Corporation

2013 Regional SBIR/STTR Summer Session
June 20, 2013
Presenters: Federal Agencies
Title: SBIR and STTR Programs

SBIR/STTR 101 Workshop
June 24, 2013
Presenter: Lisa Kurek, BBC etc. on behalf of NHIRC
Title: Small Businesses in New Hampshire - Seacoast Area

NIH SBIR/STTR Workshop
June 25-26, 2013
Presenter: Lisa Kurek, BBC etc. on behalf of NHIRC
Title: How to Write a Compelling SBIR/STTR Grant Proposal to the National Institutes of Health

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ORPC/NHIRC Committees

IP Working Group
Host: Maria Emanuel

Financial Conflict of Interest in Research
Member: Maria Emanuel

Holloway 25th Anniversary Committee
Member: Marc Sedam

Downtown Durham Development Steering Committee
Member: Marc Sedam

AUTM Small TTO Workshop Planning Committee
Member: Marc Sedam

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