THURSDAY 29th of May
PLENARY: 09:00 - 10:30


Laurent Miéville, President ASTP, Welcome
Kare Rommetveit, Director of the Bergen Research Foundation, Word of welcome
Jan Anders Manson, Vice President, Innovation & TT EPFL, Switzerland, The EPFL approach to Innovation and Tech- Transfer

PARALLEL : 11:00 - 12:15

I Patenting & Licensing:
1. Freedom to operate

II Innovation in Collaboration:
1. The science of marketing science Branding your technology and your office

III Running the TTO:
1. Structural aspects of TTO's

Dominic DeGroote, IP Manager, University of Ghent, Belgium
Sue Scott, Chartered European Patent Attorney, Abel & Imray, United Kingdom
When evaluating the potential of an invention, a FTO-search is one of the first thing to do. Learn all about the importance of a good search, get the tips and the tricks for an optimal patent position and find out which warranties on FTO are save to provide when licensing out.

Jane Muir, Associate Director, Office of Technology Licensing Director, UF Tech Connect University of Florida, USA
In the world of today, marketing is inextricable bound up with the sales process. A smart positioning and branding of your technology products & services will make your job easier. But also your tech transfer office itself deserves some branding attention, both towards your clients and towards your own institution.

Paul Van Dun, General Manager, K.U. Leuven Research & Development, Belgium
Frank Larsen,CEO Birkeland Innovation, Norway
The sharpness and efficiency of your tech transfer office depends largely upon the way it is structured: what activities should it perform, how is it financed (can it be profitable? Should it?), is it an internal office or an entity outside the research institute, etc. Can we detect a best practice amongst all the different TTO-structures in place?

PARALLEL: 14:00 - 15:15

I Patenting & Licensing:
2. Seeking cost effective patenting

II Innovation in Collaboration:
2. Open Innovation: A paradigm or just new clothes?

III Running the TTO:
2. Conflict of interest

Bruno H. Dalle Carbonare, Head Office of Technology Transfer University of Basel, Switzerland
Sue Scott, Chartered European Patent Attorney, Abel & Imray, United Kingdom, Switzerland
Patenting is an expensive business. We all struggle with the apparent paradox of creating valuable patents with a very limited budget. But is it a paradox? Two experienced speakers show you the most effective measures for a cost conscious patenting process, including smart country selection in the national phase, what to do with China, etc..

Cato Wille, Chief Researcher, Ideas and Innovation Management, StatoilHydro, Norway
Rob Kirschbaum, Vice President Innovation DSM, The Netherlands
In recent years “Open innovation” has received a lot of attention, and is claimed to be the successor to the outdated linear R&D model. Opponents of the concept state that in the end not all parties involved can equally benefit from it. So what does it really mean for us, and is it compatible with early stage results / research?

Jörn Erselius, Managing Director, Max Planck Innovations, Germany
Kevin Cullen, Director Research & Enterprise, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Conflicts of interest seem unavoidable in the tech transfer landscape, not only for the scientists, but sometimes also for the TTofficers, and managing these conflicts is of prime importance. Seasoned professionals provide you with an analysis of how they deal with conflicts of interest and conflicts of commitment in their respective institutions

PARALLEL : 15:45 - 17:00

I Patenting & Licensing:
3. Negotiating licensing terms - I

II Innovation in Collaboration:
3. Large scale collaborations

III Running the TTO:
3. Industry vs TTO patenting: divergent priorities

Lou Berneman, Principal, Texelerate, USA
What are the key clauses we need to focus our attention on when negotiating a license deal, and what pitfalls do we need to avoid. This session takes you through a wide variety of relevant issues, such as - pricing - exclusivity - field - territory - liability - representations & warranties - diligence clauses - management of improvements and many more.

Jan Anders Manson, Vice President, Innovation & TT EPFL, Switzerland
Malcolm Skingle, Director Academic Liaison, Worldwide Business Development GlaxoSmithKline, United Kingdom
The development of large scale research programs involving transfer of personnel as well as equipment between different research institutions and companies may become a real challenge for TT-offices. Instead of re-inventing the wheel, what can we learn from those who went through such cases before ?

Snorre Kjesbu, Vice President, Technology & Innovation, Tandberg ASA, Norway
Jeremy Philpott, Unit Manager Innovation Support, European Patent Academy, EPO, Germany
Do universities view IP in same way as major corporates? We don’t think so. Universities focus on the patent whereas companies focus on the product; patents being just one of the ’assets’ needed to make the product and defend against imitators. Is there something important to be learned from these radically different perspectives?

FRIDAY 30th of May
PLENARY: 09:00 - 10:30


Bruno Van Pottelsberghe, Professor, ULB, ECARES, SBS & Former Chief Economist of the EPO, Belgium,The challenges of academic patenting.

PARALLEL : 11:00 - 12:30

I Patenting & Licensing:
4. Negotiating Licensing terms – II

II Innovation in Collaboration:
4. Collaborating with local and small companies

III Running the TTO:
4. Recruit, retain and reward tech transfer officers

This session is structured as a role play where you take on the persona of either the TTO (licensor) or a company (potential licensee). We describe the technology & IP and - then ask you to agree at an equitable position. Teams are mentored by those experienced in negotiating licenses. The aim of the role play is to help you to identify and resolve the most problematic points in a negotiation.

Ole Kring, CEO, Scandinavian Micro Biodevices Aps, Denmark
Elizabeth Gray, Senior BDM and Team Leader, Research & Enterprise, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Research institutes have a role in strengthening the economy and competitiveness of their region. But interacting with small and local companies requires different mindsets and models than the interactions with large corporations. Some good recipes how to effectively set up such collaborations and make them really work

Gábor Lamm, Managing Director, EMBLEM Technology Transfer, Germany
Karl Klingsheim, CEO, NTNU Technology Transfer AS, Norway
TT-officers are a rare specimen, with one leg in industry and the other in academia. This hybrid profile makes it difficult to recruit and to retain good staff. The continuously changing environment and the growing pains of young as well as established offices require a very flexible personnel policy, which is not always possible within a research institution. Should we promote “cradle to grave” officers or is it better to form specialized ones? Will programs, such as a (compulsory) certification of TT-officers or staff exchange, effectively help the profession?

PLENARY: 14:00 - 15:15

FINAL SESSION : 5. The Gatorade story

Jane Muir, Associate Director, Office of Technology Licensing, Director, UF Tech Connect, University of Florida, USA
Worldwide there are a handful of striking tech transfer examples that really appeal to one’s imagination. The Gatorade story – although already more than 40 years old - is one of them. What started as an experiment for a local football team turned out to become a major revenue generator for the university of Florida. Hear all about the university origin of one of the most popular sports drinks, how it made it to the market, and what the role of the university was in its success.

PLENARY: 15:30 - 16:45

FINAL SESSION : Are university TTO’s obstructive bureaucracies?

Panel discussions with a.o. Bruno van Pottelsberghe, Lou Berneman, Gábor Lamm, Malcolm Skingle. Some state that the tech transfer offices of research institutions are drowning in self-generated paperwork. Are we making our lives difficult by lengthy procedures and overemphasizing our ownership of every piece of intellectual property, thus becoming hurdles to innovation instead of facilitators? Field practitioners from various backgrounds will confront each other with their outspoken opinions.

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