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Researcher's Life After Invention Disclosure
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 1:00 to 2:30pm ET


Chuck Rancourt
Intellectual Property Lead, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Siena College

Karin Immergluck, Ph.D.
Acting Director, Technology Management
Office of Innovation, Technology, & Alliances
University of California, San Francisco

Erik Lium, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice-Chancellor
Office of Innovation, Technology, & Alliances
University of California, San Francisco

Henry Wixon
Chief Counsel, National Institute of Standards and Technology


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Universities can be a mecca for industrious creativity and groundbreaking discoveries due to a culture and environment of free-thinking; thus an important infrastructural piece of the equation towards a thriving University based Innovation Ecosystem. The focus of this particular webinar session is to share best practices on IP Procurement from thought leaders in the Public and Private University Technology Transfer space. Specific topics to be addressed include working with your technology transfer officer, understanding assignee rights, Bayh-Dole implications, contractual obligations, multi-university licensors, examples of successful licensee arrangements, and successful startups.


The focus of this Webinar series is to help bridge the knowledge gap on Intellectual Property Law Issues between the US Government and various stakeholders in the “University-Based Startups Innovation Ecosystem”. A key attribute that make this webinar series unique from other programmatic endeavors is the ability to directly deliver “Thought Leaders” in the field who will address various IP issues from an applied, pragmatic, and deeply experienced viewpoint. Through participation in this webinar program, the audience will be afforded both the opportunity to understand and retain best practices when deriving appropriate IP-Strategic Frameworks coupled with Business and Technology Development, as well as gain access to a much more comprehensive and holistic viewpoint on why Intellectual Property Law is such an important economic tool in the “Entrepreneur’s Toolkit”.


chuckChuck Rancourt
Intellectual Property Lead
Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Siena College
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Mr. Rancourt is the intellectual property lead for the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Siena College and is a long-time adjunct faculty member at Siena, currently teaching strategic management.  Previously he taught technology transfer management at Albany Law School and business statistics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Mr. Rancourt is the former director of technology commercialization at Rensselaer and is a consultant providing technology transfer services and small business support.  Prior to Rensselaer he worked in the textile, paper and printing industries in various managerial positions, including plant manager and general manager.

Mr. Rancourt has M.S. and B.S. degrees in management from Rensselaer and is co-author on two papers related to university incubators and technology transfer.  He is a past member of the Association of University Technology Managers and the Licensing Executives Society, and a current member of the Social Enterprise Alliance and the Rensselaer County Chamber of Commerce.

karinKarin Immergluck, Ph.D.

Acting Director, Technology Management
Office of Innovation, Technology, & Alliances
University of California, San Francisco

Karin Immergluck began working in university technology transfer over a decade ago, when she was managing a large portfolio of inventions on behalf of the entire University of California system at the UC Office of the President. In 2004, she joined the UCSF Office of Technology Management, and currently serves as Acting Director, Technology Management, in the UCSF Office of Innovation, Technology and Alliances. In addition to directing the Technology Management team and managing a large portfolio of UCSF life science inventions, she also co-negotiates large scale master industry-sponsored research partnerships,  supports UCSF start-ups in obtaining IP rights and funding, and oversees IP and licensing-related legal disputes, having successfully negotiated several settlement agreements on behalf of UCSF and other UC campuses. Karin has taught several entrepreneurship and IP-related classes at UCSF, and has served as an invited speaker and adviser to several government and academic institutions in Europe.

Karin received her Ph.D. in Developmental Molecular Genetics from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, having conducted her doctoral work at UCSF in the laboratory of Dr. J. Michael Bishop, under the combined mentorship of Dr. Bishop and her University of Zurich mentor, Dr. Ernst Hafen.  She received her Master's degree in Biochemistry from the University of Zurich.

erikErik Lium, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice-Chancellor
Office of Innovation, Technology, & Alliances
University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Lium serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Innovation, Technology & Alliances at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).  Prior to this position Lium served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research, Director of the Industry Contracts and Contracts & Grants Divisions of the Office of Sponsored Research, and Director of Business Development for the UCSF Diabetes Center & Immune Tolerance Network.  Lium has advanced the research, instruction, and public service missions of UCSF, and has contributed to UCSF being recognized as an institution committed to innovative research alliances.  Lium was President of LabVelocity Inc., an information services company focused on accelerating life science R&D processes, prior to its acquisition in 2004.  He served as a postdoctoral research scientist in the laboratory of J. Michael Bishop, MD at UCSF, and earned a Ph.D. from the Integrated Program in Cellular, Molecular, and Biophysical Studies at Columbia University in the laboratory of Saul J. Silverstein, Ph.D.


henryHenry Wixon
Chief Counsel
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Henry Wixon became Chief Counsel for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce in March of 2009.  The Office of the Chief Counsel for NIST advises the agency in programmatic matters including Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Interagency Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, Nondisclosure Agreements and patenting.  In addition, Mr. Wixon’s office has significant responsibility for Department of Commerce regulations implementing the Bayh-Dole and Stevenson-Wydler Acts, and for appeals under Executive Order 10096 of Employee Rights Determinations from all Federal agencies.

Prior to joining NIST, Mr. Wixon was a partner with the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Washington, DC.  In over twenty years in private practice as a registered patent attorney and intellectual property specialist, Mr. Wixon developed and implemented worldwide patent acquisition, defense and enforcement strategies for domestic and international clients.  In addition to extensive patent litigation, he conducted intellectual property due diligence for M&A, IPO, and VC and Angel funding, and counseled industry and academic clients in all aspects of technology transfer.

Mr. Wixon was awarded his J.D. degree from George Washington University, where he was a member of The George Washington Law Review.  He holds a B.S. degree in zoology with a minor in chemistry and a M.S. degree in neuropharmacology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

A Certified Licensing Professional, Mr. Wixon is a past Chair of the Maryland Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society, USA and Canada (LES).  He has been a member of the LES Professional Development Series (PDS) Faculty for many years, teaching fundamental, intermediate and advanced PDS courses.  He is active in the Federal Laboratory Consortium, and a frequent participant in NCET2 programs as a panelist and moderator.



To view video recordings and download presentation slides, please click on the links below.

May 9, 2012
USPTO Patent for Humanity Program

June 13, 2012
Patents 101

July 11, 2012
Patent and AIA Implementation

August 8, 2012
Intellectual Property, Non-Patented


All webinars listed below are scheduled from 1:00-2:30 pm ET.
For changes in schedules and other announcements, please visit the series website.

October 10 – Working with the USPTO: Selecting the Right Legal Advocates
Topics: Working with the right TT Officer and law firm, addressing the documents needed for a proper application submission, drafting proper specification/drawings/claims, effective use of interview, understanding a final and non-final rejection

November 14: Patent Trial and Appeal Board & The Higher Courts
Topics: Post-final rejection, post-grant review, appeal process, interpartes re-exam

December 12 – Protecting IP in Global Markets
Understanding a PCT, international issues on IP procurement, markets and competitors

January 9, 2013 - Picking the Right Global Markets
Topics: To where and how do I export? What programs are out there to help?



WEBINAR SCHEDULE: This webinar series is scheduled every 2nd Wednesday of the month. Changes in schedules or topics will be posted on this page and sent to you through email.

WEBINAR DURATION: Each session is a 90-minute webinar with 60 minutes of presentation and 30 minutes of Q&A.

COST: Free, but registration required by clicking on the Register button above. Your registration is valid for all webinars in this series

HOW TO PARTICIPATE?: This webinar is online. You need a computer with web access for the visual/audio. You may also dial-in using the audio-only telephone number. The call in details and instructions on how to join the webinar will be sent to you via email after you register. Once registered to the webinar you will receive a reminder email 24 hours before the start of the webinar with instructions on how to join.

QUESTIONS TO SPEAKERS: Q&A is conducted by a chat box to the speakers.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE WEBINAR?: National and international media, federal and state government officials, venture capitalists, angel investors, Global 1000 companies, industry representatives, university officials, entrepreneurs, tech transfer professionals, students, and university faculty and staff.

SLIDES AND VIDEO: The slide presentations and video recording will be available on this page. If you are unable to join the live webinar, you may view the recorded video that will be posted within 24 hours after the scheduled webinar ends.

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