Frequently Asked Questions 

We’ve put together answers to help with the most commonly asked questions for our virtual 2021 Annual Meeting. Have a question that isn’t answered below? Please email us at info@autm.net  your question may even appear below!

Schedule at a Glance  

March 15-18. The Annual Meeting times are listed in U.S. Eastern Time (ET). 

Reminder! Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 14.
While we encourage you to join AUTM for all of the amazing benefits such as an Annual Meeting discount, non-Members may of course also register. Please see our registration page for more details.
Registration will be open through March 18. However, we encourage you to register before March 10 to gain early access to the Meeting site, networking opportunities, partnering meetings and avoid any interruptions in accessing the event.
Because all registrants will have access to recordings of the educational content for one year after its conclusion, we are not offering one-day passes to the virtual Annual Meeting this year. 
AUTM is committed to providing an accessible conference for all Meeting attendees. Please indicate your accessibility related needs for our Virtual Annual meeting during the registration process or by emailing info@autm.net at any point before or during the conference.

AUTM is offering live event captions provided by RECAPD for all keynote addresses, workshops, and roundtable sessions.  Captioning services are not provided during Partnering Meetings in AUTM Connect, networking in the Lounge, Virtual Reception, Partnering Forums or during Connect and Collaborate.  

To investigate options for closed captioning during the Virtual Reception, The Lounge, Connect and Collaborate or Partnering Forums please visit the REMO website for options such as Rev.com, Jubler, Web Captioner or Otter.ai, which work with the REMO platform.  

If you require assistance with AUTM Connect Partnering Meetings, please contact Dave Bialkowski with Jujama who can assist you in changing your meeting location to your own ZOOM Link or other video meeting service you may be currently using for business meetings to transcribe your discussions.

For additional information on our efforts, or to request assistance, please email info@autm.net or call +1-202-960-1800 and an AUTM staff member will contact you.

All forms of payment are welcome, including purchase orders, check payments, and wire transfers. We accept AMEX, VISA, Mastercard, and Discover.

Notification of cancellation must be submitted in writing. No refunds will be given after February 10, 2021. Substitutions are allowed at any time but must be submitted in writing and attendees must be of the same Membership status.

Force Majeure: If AUTM is prevented from carrying out its obligations as it pertains to AUTM 2021 Annual Meeting as a result of any cause beyond its control, or AUTM 2021 Annual Meeting cannot be conducted virtually because of a software or issue with the hosting platform due to acts of God, strikes, labor disputes, government requisitions, restrictions, or war or apparent act of war, terrorism, strike, civil disorder , epidemic, or pandemic, curtailment or restriction on transportation facilities or any other calamity, casualty or condition making it impossible or impractical to hold the event ( collectively a “Force Majeure”). AUTM shall have the right to immediately terminate all or a portion of AUTM 2021 Annual Meeting without liability and shall be relieved of its oblations to any registrant. If AUTM 2021 Annual Meeting is terminated to a Force Majeure occurrence before the first day of the Meeting, AUTM will reschedule the event and your registration fee will be applied to the rescheduled occurrence

  • Virtual AUTM Reception: March 15 (Monday) 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. ET
  • Connect and Collaborate Networking Workshop: March 16 (Tuesday) 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. ET
  • International Connection Hour: March 17 (Wednesday) 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. ET
  • Schedule meetings in advance via AUTM Connect. Log in early to get your requests in before schedules fill! (password required - check your email for instructions!)
  • Schedule impromptu "Buddy Meets" with up to 75 people on the face-to-face Meeting platform during the event.
See this page for even more networking opportunities.
All educational content will be recorded.
Educational content will be available after the conclusion of the meeting and viewable starting Friday, March 26, 2021. AUTM will send an email to registrants once it is available. Attendees will be able to view recorded content for one year, until March 30, 2022. The only exceptions are the Keynote Sessions with Drs. Akom and Ochoa. Those presentations will be available to view until April 16, 2021.
Get social with #AUTM2021 two ways!
  • You can sync your LinkedIn profile with AUTM Connect. Then, this will display your name, address, and email in the Annual Meeting platform user profile.
  • Join the social conversation about the Annual Meeting on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn! Please view our social media toolkit for hashtags, suggested posts, banner images, and more. Don't forget to use the #AUTM2021 hashtag throughout to connect with other Meeting attendees. #SeeYouThere!
You will be able to send questions through the Question and Answer box during nearly all sessions. While there won’t be time to address all questions, yours could be chosen! WIPO’s Director General will not be taking questions.

Many educational sessions include a 15-minute live Q&A period with the presenters.

Some educational sessions will also allow for conversations immediately afterward with the presenters in a post-session video conference room.
Continuing Legal Education (CLE): AUTM is not applying for CLE approvals in 2021; however, we will have sessions that may qualify for CLE accreditation. Attorneys who attend CLE-eligible sessions during the Annual Meeting are encouraged to self-report and apply for CLE credits in the states where they're licensed.

The Annual Meeting is a great time to start your Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) credential. This event will provide 10 CEUs. For more information click here
Anyone interested in tech transfer may register and attend.
Please visit this link to find the Code of Conduct; Onsite Audio, Photography and Video policy; and AUTM Antitrust Policy.
We'll be happy to help you with that. Please email us at info@autm.net. You might even see your question added here!