Vol. 1 No. 2 - December 2016

Dear IETTN newsletter subscriber,

Fall is almost over and we are pleased to release the second edition of the IETTN newsletter. For us, it has been a 'hot' fall by hosting a booth at IECON2016 in Italy, getting new TTOs as partners and also growing the team with two new Associate Editors: Nihal Kularatna (New Zealand) and Hipolito Guzman-Miranda (Spain).

FYI, Nihal Kularatna is organizing a first session on technology commercialization - sponsored by IETTN - at the next ICIT2017 in March 2017 in Toronto (Canada).

As a reminder, the goal of IETTN is to promote collaboration between research and industry through educating on the process of technology transfer which includes activities related to intellectual property, licensing, product development, commercialization, financing and many others. We believe the key link to success is the work done by the technology transfer offices (TTOs) and this is why the key message behind IETTN is: talk to your TTO.

Again, we would appreciate if you could share this newsletter with all your friends. Feel free to contact us on any opportunity that you think might be a fit for IETTN (new financing, new patent, new product, new startup, etc.). Also, we would be happy to receive your application for becoming an Associate Editor or contributing in some other way to IETTN. Spread the word!

We would like to specially thank the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (IES) for sponsoring, supporting and taking leadership in this project.

Best Regards,

Marc Perron and Dietmar Bruckner, IETTN EiC & co-EiC.

Reliable Energy from Aalborg University Attracts International Businesses

Reliable Energy from Aalborg University Attracts International Businesses

By Carsten Nielsen, Journalist at The Engineering, Science and Medicine Faculties Office, Aalborg University.

Key persons from companies in Japan, China, Germany, Italy and Sweden were in attendance when one of the major ventures in Danish energy research presented its first five years of results and future partnering opportunities at Aalborg University. The strategic research center CORPE (Center of Reliable …

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When Should I Use Patent Protection, Trade Secret, or Both?

When Should I Use Patent Protection, Trade Secret, or Both?

By Lonnie Finkel, attorney for innovative companies and Founder of the Finkel Law Group. Reused with permission.

Intellectual property owners can protect certain information either by obtaining a patent or by maintaining its secrecy. A patent provides strong, exclusive rights for a fixed period of time, generally twenty years. A trade secret may last indefinitely, but protection can be lost …

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Crossing a Small Chasm: The road to a shorter university startup licensing process

Crossing a Small Chasm: The road to a shorter university startup licensing process

By Kirsten Leute, Senior Vice President of University Relations of Osage University Partners, a venture capital fund that invests exclusively in startups that are commercializing university research. Reused with permission. Last year, I surprised many (including myself) by leaving a job I loved in university technology transfer and accepting a job at a venture capital firm that invests in university …

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Kemwatt raises €1.2 M for energy storage technology development

Kemwatt raises €1.2 M for energy storage technology development

French startup Kemwatt and has completed a fundraising round of €1.2 m. with its investors, investment funds Go Capital and Emertec, Ouest Valorisation, Pierre-Yves Divet and its founders (two scientists of the Institute of Chemical Sciences of Rennes, Florence Geneste and Didier Floner, and the CEO, François Huber). With a team of 9 people, Kemwatt develops an innovative redox flow battery …

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• Dalhousie University

• Fuentek, LLC

• Georgia Tech Research Corporation

• Institut National d’Optique (INO)

• McGill University

• National Security Agency


• Université Laval

• Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University

• Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

• Michigan State University Innovation Center

• Ohio University

Europe Middle-East and Africa (EMEA)

• SATT Ouest Valorisation

• Università degli studi di Padova

• Aalborg University

• Bangor University


• WaikatoLink

Many thanks to our TTO partners in joining IETTN ! Is yours registered yet ?

NEW! IETTN is sponsoring a new Special Session at ICIT2017 on:

"Innovation and Commercialisation in Industrial Electronics"

Session Co-chairs: Nihal Kularatna and Michael Condry.

 Click here for more information.


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