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DC Dispatch - April 21, 2017

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Tech Transfer Society Call for Papers

The Technology Transfer Society (T2S) will hold: its next annual conference in Washington, DC, November 2-4, 2017.  There is no link yet on their website for the event, but below is a selected list of topics and relevant dates from their initial “Call for Papers”.

“We invite you to submit a paper to present at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Technology Transfer Society. The theme of the 2017 conference is In Pursuit of Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth: The Role of Technology Transfer and Commercialization from a Nexus of Theory, Policy, Practice and Politics Perspectives.  …  This conference especially solicits paper submissions dealing with the interfaces of government, university and industry, civil society and the environment research, particularly in trans-national and global/local (“glocal”) contexts …”

Here is a selected list of topics (from a much larger list) that may be of particular interest to the FLC community (for the full Call for Papers pdf, contact the sponsors listed below).

  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecosystems
  • The Entrepreneurial Government
  • Evaluation of Technology Transfer
  • Impact of Technology Transfer on the Economy and Society
  • Revisiting Baye-Dohl: Impact on Academic Research and Culture
  • Revisiting Baye-Dohl: Impact on academic culture and industrial competitiveness
  • Technology Transfer & Economic Development: Views from Federal Labs and Univ.
  • Measuring social impact and social benefits of technology transfer
  • New methods and analytical tools for technology transfer evaluation
  • University-government collaboration

Deadlines for the conference are: for those wishing to present a paper, submit an abstract by July 31, 2017; for those wishing to organize/chair a session, submit a proposal also by July 31, 2017. Feedback will be provided by September 15, 2017. Proposals and abstracts should be submitted electronically to both conference organizers as follows:

Professor Elias G. Carayannis: caraye@gwu.edu

Dr. Jeffrey Alexander: Jmalexander@rti.org

(Original Sources: flyer provided by conference organizers)

New From NSF

Federal Funds for Research and Development: Fiscal Years 2015-17 presents detailed “data on the research and development obligations and outlays of federal agencies. Obligations are provided by type of R&D (basic research, applied research, development, and R&D plant), agency, field of science or engineering (for research only), geographic area, and performer.” (Original Sources: NSF web site)

Science and Engineering State Profiles: 2017 Update is “an interactive website providing access to state-level data on science and engineering (S&E) personnel and finances and state rankings.  State Profiles displays up to 7 state profiles of the user’s choice.  Data are available from surveys sponsored by the National Science Foundation on employed science, engineering, or health (SEH) doctorate holders; S&E doctorates awarded, including by major S&E fields; SEH graduate students and postdoctorates; federal research and development obligations by agency and performer; total and business R&D expenditures; and higher education R&D performance, including by major S&E fields.” (Original Sources: NSF web site)

Total Federal Research and Development Funding Down 1% in FY 2015, but Funding for Research Up 1%, notes “[C]urrent-dollar federal obligations for research and development and R&D plant decreased 1% from FY 2014 to FY 2015, from $132.5 billion to $131.4 billion.  Within this total, funding for research increased 1% to $63.6 billion while development funding fell 4% to $64.9 billion.  R&D plant funding increased substantially (by 27%) to $2.8 billion.  Federal agencies estimated an 8% total increase in FY 2016 obligations for R&D and R&D plant, to $142.6 billion, and projected a 2% increase in FY 2017 to $145.4 billion.  After adjusting for inflation, total federal R&D and R&D plant obligations decreased 2% to $119.6 billion from FY 2014 to FY 2015.” (Original Sources: NSF web site)

Technology Ventures Corporation Closing Shop

Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC) will close: its “doors at the end of April after 24 years of assisting with technology transfer efforts at Sandia National Laboratories and other U.S. Department of Energy labs around the country, Lockheed Martin Corp. announced in a statement [recently].”  From an article in the Albuquerque Journal online, “[TVC] has played a key role in helping local startup companies commercialize new technologies over the past two decades. The non-profit organization has supported the creation of 13,500 new jobs since 1993, and played a role in the formation of 121 companies …” (Original Sources: Albuquerque Journal online) 

Lab to Market Article (Status/Update)

The journal GovExec is running: a series of articles on the last Administration’s 15 Cross-Agency Priority Goals announced in 2014 – providing a status and progress report on each.  This article highlights the CAP goal associated with Lab-to-Market (and tech commercialization).  See the link here.  (Original Sources: GovExec web site)

USPTO Announces PTAB Review

The USPTO has recently announced: it is “launching an initiative to use nearly five years of historical data and user experiences to further shape and improve Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) trial proceedings, particularly inter partes review proceedings.”  From the press release, “[T]he purpose of the initiative is to ensure that the proceedings are as effective and fair as possible within the USPTO’s congressional mandate to provide administrative review of the patentability of patent claims after they issue.  Since being created through the passage of the America Invents Act (AIA), PTAB proceedings have significantly changed the patent landscape by providing a faster, cost-efficient quality check on issued patents.  Since AIA trials debuted in 2012, the USPTO has continuously looked for ways to improve the proceedings.  Over time, we have listened to our stakeholders’ experiences, and we have now compiled data derived from thousands of case filings and dispositions.  This initiative will examine procedures including, but not limited to, procedures relating to multiple petitions, motions to amend, claim construction, and decisions to institute.”  (Original Sources: USPTO web site)

Spotlight on Member Activities

(NSA’s TTP Highlighted) 

The NSA’s Technology Transfer Program (TTP) was featured: recently on ABC TV’s Government Matters program.  TTP Director Linda Burger spoke with show host Francis Rose about the mission of the TTP, new and upcoming program initiatives, and the importance of open source software to the intelligence community.  The full interview can be viewed at the Government Matters website at www.govmatters.tv.  The FLC Awards program gets a nod as well – thanks Linda.  (Original Sources: NSA press release, ABC online)


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