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Each spring, AUTM hosts its Annual Meeting where technology transfer professionals from around the globe meet to connect, make deals, and gain insights from world-class speakers and panels. It is a chance to develop dynamic professional practices and gain inspiration from future leaders in the field. 

Meeting Location
JW Marriott Austin
110 East 2nd Street
Austin, Texas
Phone: +1-512-474-4777

To arrange interviews or request a press pass, contact: 
Leef Smith Barnes 
Chief Marketing Officer

"Wi-Fi" Access at JW Marriott Austin
Network ID: AUTM2019
Password: [email protected]

Annual Meeting Program and Scheduling Information
View the Online Schedule  
Program Guide
The Program Guide is the official printed resource for the AUTM Annual Meeting.
View the Program Guide  

2019 Annual Meeting Highlights

Sunday, February 10, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
Fireside Chat Featuring Andrei Iancu

In his role as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Andrei Iancu provides leadership and oversight to one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world, with more than 12,000 employees and an annual budget of over $3 billion. He is the principal advisor to the Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international intellectual property policy matters.  Learn more
Monday, February 11, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 
Keynote Featuring Leah Busque

Leah Busque has devoted her career to building and scaling technology products that have improved the lives of millions of people around the globe. In 2008, she founded one of the most widely-recognized new consumer technology brands of the past decade with TaskRabbit, the pioneering on-demand marketplace company. Today, she is a General Partner at Fuel Capital, where she invests in early-stage start-ups. Fast Company named her one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business.”  Learn more
Tuesday, February 12, 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 
Pitch and Play - The AUTM Venture Challenge

You won’t want to miss this years’ Venture Challenge. Similar to the popular TV show Shark Tank, but without the bite, the Challenge features top venture investors critiquing business plan presentations from university-related start-up companies as they compete for a $10,000 cash prize. This is a great opportunity to learn what makes a successful pitch. Learn what worked, what didn’t and why, so you can improve your own techniques. Learn more
Wednesday, February 13, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. 
Keynote Featuring Dr. Ayanna Howard

Dr. Ayanna Howard is the Chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her career focus is on intelligent technologies that must adapt to and function within a human-centered world. Her work encompasses advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), assistive technologies and robotics. She has been recognized as one of the 23 most powerful women engineers in the world by Business Insider. Learn more
Additional Information
Download the AUTM Fact Sheet or view AUTM's recent press releases
Learn how technology transfer continues to be an important driver of impressive gains for local, state and national economies. Download the latest Annual Licensing Activty Report.
Discover how academic technology transfer is driving the innovation economy and benefiting society. Download and share the infographic.

Driving the Innovation Economy

AUTM partnered with BIO to report on the economic contribution of academic patents. The study documents the sizeable return that US taxpayers receive on their investment in federally-funded research. 

Licensing of academic patents has contributed up to $1.3 trillion to the US economy and supported up to 4.2 million jobs. Find out more by downloading the AUTM BIO report.

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Annual Meeting Sponsors

Elanco Animal Health
Osage University Partners
Relay Medical Corp
Burford Capital
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.
Parker Highlander PLLC
Pfizer Inc
Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
Michael Best & Friedrich LLP
MTI Biotech
Bereskin & Parr LLP
Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner
Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
Eli Lilly and Company
University of Toledo
Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt LLP
Blank Rome LLP
Aird & McBurney LP
Fish & Richardson PC
Polsinelli PC
Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt PC
Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz
Pabst Patent Group LLP
CrossPond Law
Smith, Gambrell & Russell
Hodgson Russ LLP
Quarles & Brady LLP
Licensing Executives Society
Royalty Pharma
Husch Blackwell