*Tentative schedule, program subject to change

Thursday, September 30

11:00 - 11:15 a.m.      
AUTM Welcome Address
AUTM’s Eastern Region Committee Chair and a member of the AUTM Board will welcome attendees to the event and set the stage for the virtual event.
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Unlocking the Value of Data
Of all the intangible assets that organizations manage, data is perhaps the least understood in how to manage and value it as an asset. The application of artificial intelligence also has a major impact on ownership, protection, and value. It is critical to understand the nuances of ownership and protection of such data-related assets. This session will include panelists from the IP finance field, IP law, university leadership and a research institution spin-out venture. They will address several aspects that are critical in understanding and realizing the potential value of data assets.
12:15 – 12:45 p.m.
Sponsor Networking Break 
Meet with your colleagues and our meeting sponsors in the Remo virtual networking platform. Take advantage of this break to get your deals done. 
12:45 – 1:30 p.m.   Inventions in the Life Sciences - Is there Anything Left to Patent?
The courts and USPTO have struggled to determine which inventions are patent-eligible and which inventions are patent ineligible as laws of nature, natural products and abstract ideas. Presently, claims to natural source-derived products and diagnostic tests have been increasingly difficult to obtain. This panel will summarize the history and the latest development in these areas, strategies to obtain meaningful patent protection and the possibility of legislative fixes of the patent statutes.
1:30 – 1:45 p.m.     Transition Break
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.     Practical Advice on Helping Startups Succeed
Recent years have seen an urgent push and variety of initiatives on most U.S. campuses to create more entrepreneurship and launch more startups to boost economic growth. Now that the initial fervor has somewhat tempered, it is time to consider their impact and effectiveness and apply the lessons learned from the external perspective. This session will examine the pros and cons of various startup efforts at a range of universities. Presenting real-world examples, panelists will offer practical, proven advice for how to structure effective programs that achieve positive economic development as well as other goals.
2:45 – 3:00 p.m.         Transition Break
3:00 – 3:45 p.m. Research Collaborations/Sponsored Research Industry Roundtable: How We Can Partner and Execute Collaborations More Effectively 
Research collaborations between academic and industry scientists can spawn some of the most relevant scientific advances and innovations in our modern word. However, science moves quickly, and it is of the upmost importance that we can negotiate the contracts that govern these collaborations and move to the science as seamlessly as possible. Contracting time is one of the most complained about topics amongst faculty and industry scientists as well as a frustrating component of the negotiators job. This roundtable will focus on how industry and academic contract negotiators can work together to cut through red tape, navigate ever changing policies, and how to better partner together for positive outcomes for both parties.
3:45 – 5:00 p.m.
Virtual Networking Reception 
The event provides the unique opportunity to meet face-to-face with other attendees. We may not be physically together, but you can still bump into an old friend or meet a new professional connection through live video communication at your table during the Networking Event and talk about your favorite moments from the conference so far.

Friday, October 1

10:15 – 11:00 a.m.        
Virtual Networking: Coffee Conversations 
Kick off your day with a cup of coffee and connect with other attendees before programming begins on Day 2. Some tables in the virtual networking space will have guided topics and others will be for open conversation.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. NFTs and Technology Transfer: Should Universities Jump on the Bandwagon? 
Sales of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) exceeded $2 billion in the first quarter of 2021, according to Recently, several market players are trying to represent patents as NFTs to make patent transactions quicker, simpler, and more cost-effective.  This presents unique opportunities and challenges to university technology transfer offices, looking to take advantage of this new trend.  This panel will look to adress several questions, such as What is an NFT? How are NFTs created?  What are the advantages/disadvantages of using NFTs? How can technology transfer offices utilize NFTs?
12:15 – 1:00 p.m. By the Numbers: An Initial Look at What Four Years of Survey Data Reveal about Equity and Inclusion in Tech Transfer 
 In 2015, at the recommendation of the Women Inventors Special Interest Group (WISIG), AUTM added two questions to its annual Licensing Survey to measure the participation of women in two key tech transfer activities. The WISIG Metrics Subcommittee will share the data and address the overview of institutional participation in the gender survey questions and an overview of women’s participation in invention disclosures and new patent filings. This interactive session features a round table discussion with EDI leaders.
1:00 – 1:30 p.m.  Sponsor Networking Break
Meet with your colleagues and our Meeting sponsors in the Remo virtual networking platform. Take advantage of this break to close deals.
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. Hot Topics in Tech Transfer Impacting the Eastern Region: Roundtable 
In this open discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to hear about what's trending in Tech Transfer, how your offices may be impacted, and share best practices with peers. Bring your questions and success stories as we relect on the past year and look ahead to the future.
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Just Announced!
Patent Tips to Outsmart Artificial Intelligence

This presentation begins with an overview of steps to identify patent applications that should be categorized as Artificial Intelligence and hallmarks of those applications. The talk includes practice tips for ensuring proper use of functional language under 35 U.S.C. 112 as well as ideas for claiming computer implementations under 35 U.S.C. 101. Examples and case studies from both the USPTO and international patent offices will be shared as examples of successes and failures in previous prosecution files.
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Virtual Networking Reception 
Join us for a final time to connect with attendees and kick off the weekend. You can bump into an old friend or meet a new professional connection through live video communication at your table during the Networking Event and talk about what you’re taking back to your office after attending the conference.

Conflicting Events Attendees of the Eastern Region Meeting will be required, as a condition of their participation, not to host conflicting events. Private events should not conflict with any of AUTM’s educational sessions, special programs, social and themed events, including receptions and meals provided by AUTM. Participants should review the meeting program for potential conflicts before scheduling their events.

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

Aird & Berlis LLP
Thomas Horstemeyer
Michael Best & Friedrich
Longford Capital