McCoy Russell attorney Justin Wagner attended the AUTM (Association of University Technology Managers) Western Region Meeting earlier this week in Portland, Oregon. AUTM is a non-profit organization with more than 3,000 members that work in over 800 universities, research centers, hospitals, businesses and government organizations around the globe. The meeting was held at the Portland Downtown Waterfront Marriott hotel.
The two-day meeting included various panels, speakers, and networking opportunities. Among the many topics discussed were the licensing of health-related data, protecting and leveraging software innovations, the culture of commercialization at academic institutions, and how to avoid certain pitfalls when navigating complex IP agreements. There was a well-attended reception at the end of the first day and several networking breaks.
This was the first large in-person meeting for AUTM since before the COVID pandemic. In fact, the AUTM annual meeting that was scheduled for March 2020 was cancelled at the last minute due to the onset of the pandemic. At this week’s region meeting, Justin enjoyed making new connections and re-connecting in person with several colleagues and clients for the first time since before the pandemic.
McCoy Russell has substantial experience with academic and research institutions and their technology transfer offices, providing specific support tailored to the unique challenges presented in academic and research environments pursuing technology commercialization. Our experience and strategic approach considers the full technology life cycle, from the evaluation stage to portfolio creation and development to licensing and post-grant proceedings.