June 21 - 24
Omni Frisco Hotel
Frisco, Texas

*Tentative schedule, program subject to change

Sunday, June 21

4 – 6 p.m. Registration
5 – 6 p.m. Early Bird Reception

Monday, June 22

7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Registration
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.    Breakfast
8:30 – 10 a.m. Plenary 1: Innovation Districts: The Power of Playing Nice 
The rise of Innovation Districts across the U.S. reflects an emerging trend in the advancement of initiatives that enable innovation-rich ecosystems. Districts may differ from city to city, but most all create synergistic ecosystems that are led by universities, companies, entrepreneurs and advocates. This session will feature discussions and offers insights on the value of Innovation Districts and how they develop collaborative and sustainable economies that fuel innovation, foster creativity, increase competitiveness, and improve a region’s quality of life. Panelists will also address how Innovation Districts entice existing companies to relocate, adding stable jobs around fast-paced, emerging companies.
10 – 10:30 a.m.  Networking Break
10:30 a.m. – Noon Breakout Sessions

A1: There Is No Bad Data, But There Are Bad Data Agreements 
Learn best practices of how to avoid bad agreements and instead craft licenses that can benefit both parties while still protecting the university staff and patient’s personal data. We’ll also talk about pitfalls to avoid as well as innovative ways to develop partnerships around these valuable assets being developed at many universities.

A2: What Companies are Looking for in University Tech Transfer and Research Engagements
Learn what industry representatives from a broad cross section of fields seek from university licensing and collaborative research partnerships. Companies will pitch their wants and needs to attendees at a rapid-fire pace. Participants will gain insights on connecting with the right industry colleagues for licensing and collaborative research opportunities.
Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch with the Industry Experts
1:30 – 3 p.m.   Breakout Sessions

B1: Data Use Agreements -- Gold Mine or Land Mine? 

Learn ways to avoid stepping on the latter, and instead, hopefully stake claim to a rich (data) deposit to share with your partners. We’ll discuss examples of successful collaborations that have benefited both parties. What helped make these happen, what were the stickiest points for both sides and what were the compromises that helped get the deal done? Learn these tips and many more as we go panning for gold.

B2: Skynet Be Damned; The Sarah Connor Chronicles: TTO-ageddon. The Robots Are Coming for Us All! 
Come learn about AI before it makes us all obsolete! Machine learning and other forms of AI are becoming ubiquitous across many fields at our universities. Let’s talk about ways we can engage with these fast-moving discoveries and help get them out into the world with approaches that can benefit both the university and our commercial partners.
3 – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 – 5 p.m. Plenary 2: Newest News Now!
This session delivers current tech transfer topics in a quick-hit style. Presentations will cover five areas selected from the universe of current domestic and international business, legal, and technical topics. Presenters will respond to attendees’ questions and comments during a Q&A. 
5:30 – 7 p.m. Opening Reception

Tuesday, June 23

7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Registration
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.      Breakout Sessions

C1: Examination on Request (EOR) in the U.S. – Yay or Nay?

Having a system in the US Patent and Trademark Office that would allow applicants to defer examination of their patent applications could save stakeholders a lot of time and money. An EOR system is already available and commonly utilized by AUTM members in Japan and Canada. This session will explore whether it makes sense for AUTM to start advocating for the adoption of an EOR system in the USPTO.

C2: Deal’s Done! Now What? 
What impact does a fully executed license have on your tech transfer office as a whole? This session will set the stage with an overview of the players involved in this process and the different approaches offices are using to tackle license management. Topics of discussion will include thinking about licensing terms from a post-license perspective, how to effectively work with operations to ensure correct interpretation and implementation of the license and streamlining communications with a licensee to ensure agreed upon terms are properly executed by the tech transfer office. Discussion of the downstream effects of agreement structure and commitments that impact the entire office will lead to insights that can help your office run more efficiently with higher worker satisfaction. 

D1: Recruitment and Retention of Talented Staff
Given the current job market, with unemployment at low levels, how is your institution and your department recruiting and retaining high level talent? We will discuss new benefits institutions have adopted over the last few years that are beneficial to your attracting and retention of high-level talent.

D2:  Helping you Succeed with the SUCCESS Act!
You’re from industry? I work at a University! Diversity is simply another way to think of the different perspectives we all bring to the table and inclusion is how to implement them. During this panel discussion, we’ll explore the SUCCESS Act, data on how diversity impacts inventions and economics, and methods to make sure we include as many of those perspectives as possible, both in our offices and in our decision making, because when we do, we all achieve better results and outcomes.
10:30 – 11 a.m. Networking Break
11 – 11:15 a.m. AUTM Welcome Address
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

E1: A Money Ball Approach to Portfolio Management

We all must make tough calls when it comes to our portfolios. In this session, let’s imagine we run our intellectual property portfolio more like an investment portfolio. What are our risks and potential rewards? How do we balance our overall portfolio to bring back the best returns? We’ll draw parallels from the financial world and consider which strategies could help us develop a more efficient portfolio of our intellectual property assets.

E2: Non-Patentable IP: Identifying and Using Your Institution’s Greatest Asset 
Patentable subject matter often draws all the attention. But it is non-patentable subject matter that is your institution’s greatest asset. Data, research results and other information protectable as trade secrets and copyrightable subject matter are some of the other forms produced constantly in a variety of disciplines all over campus. This presentation will discuss these forms of intellectual property, how they are often treated under IP Policies, and how your office may be able to help with their use.  
12:30 – 1:45 p.m.   Lunch
1:45 – 3:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions

F1: The Greater Good – How Do We Help It and Successfully Share That Message?
The social impact of tech transfer and commercialization offices are a large part of what drives many of us into this field; however, they are harder to quantify and capture in metrics. We will explore ways to help drive these types of projects, as well as ways to message their importance to your office management and your university.

F2: University Patent Infringement Lawsuits Revisited 
Each day it seems like we read about another blockbuster patent infringement suit involving a major university. Infringement considerations are not to be taken lightly and more universities seem willing to file infringement lawsuits to protect their patent rights. In this session, we will talk about what to consider if thinking about pursuing this action, as well as what to expect if you do. Additionally, we will give examples of licensor’s infringement efforts (whether in or out of the courtroom), and some of their results.
3:15 – 3:45 p.m. Networking Break
3:45 – 5:15 p.m.  Plenary 3: AUTM Central Region Trivia Contest
If you think, you have what it takes, or just want to meet some new people, join us for what promises to be a fun hour or two. Who knows, you may even learn something. Charles Valauskas and his merry band of graders return with a few more tricks to keep the crowd entertained at the perennial favorite, returning for its 15th year.
6:30 – 10 p.m. Offsite Reception

Wednesday, June 24

7:30 a.m. – Noon  Registration
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30 – 10 a.m. Breakout Sessions

G1: What I Wish I’d Known When I Started Out

What’s behind the technology commercialization curtain? Let’s chat about what the Wizard really has going on back there. Hear some of the behind-the-scenes issues that impact the decisions we see (or don’t) on the front lines. We will gather the best inside information to inform you, help you keep your feet firmly planted on the ground and keep you from calling out to Auntie Em.

G2: China – Big Market, Big Questions
China represents huge potential markets that could benefit from the innovations created at our universities, but requires unique considerations to navigate. We will talk about the impacts of current government concerns around protecting intellectual property abroad and how these impact our universities in a variety of ways from filing strategies, to working with graduate students and visiting scientists. Learn what to think about beforehand to enable better success when working with our overseas partners.
10 – 10:30 a.m. Networking Break
10:30 a.m. – Noon Plenary 4: The Howard Bremer Memorial Plenary: Tech Transfer 2030 – Where Will the Next Decade Take Us?

In this forward-looking session, we will imagine what changes may lie on the horizon for technology transfer. What kinds of new ideas will we be protecting, and how? How will we help bring them out into the world in new ways? Who will be our new collaborators? Join us for this look into the crystal ball. We know that our profession is steeped in innovation – join our discussion to help us all imagine and prepare, with open minds and audacious ideas.
Noon Meeting Adjourns