The USDOE Ames Laboratory is committed to developing and transferring technologies. Each year over the past decade, it has generated an average of 10 patents from DOE-supported research, and enters into about five technology license agreements and/or options. Collaborations between industry and the Ames Laboratory can help both parties meet their common technological objectives, while reducing development costs and risks. Knowing what to expect of a partnership with the Ames Laboratory can help both parties identify appropriate opportunities, negotiate agreements, and meet one another’s expectations.
For an interview with the Associate Laboratory Director for Sponsored Research Administration on the Importance of Technology Transfer please view the following video:
For more information on how you may work with the Laboratory, please read “Doing Business with the Ames Laboratory”.
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Website Lists Questionable Open-Access Journals, Publishers...
Wondering if an open-access scholarly publisher or journal is on the up-and-up? Jeffrey Beall, a librarian and associate professor at the University of Colorado-Denver, keeps a list of dubious journals and publishers at his website, Scholarly Open Access.
America Invents Act Overhauls the Patent System...
Beginning March 16, 2013, the US will convert to a "First Inventor to file" system under the America Invents Act. Information on the implementation of the AIA can be found on the US Patent and Trademark Offices' website. For a powerpoint presentation overview of the AIA, click here. Brian Lally, our DOE Patent Counsel, presented a Seminar on the Act, on February 26, 2013. A copy of the presentation can be found here and on our Tech Transfer and IP Training Opportunities page.
Way to Connect...
Initial contact with many of our Partners is made through our scientist networking at conferences. The IASourceLink, the premier online resource connecting entrepreneurs and small businesses to more than 300 resource providers across Iowa, has 7 tips for successful networking.
October 9, 2013
As part of the Iowa State University Research Foundation’s 75th anniversary celebration, a seminar addressing current issues on innovation will be held on October 18th from 2:10 to 4:30 in room 2019, Morrill Hall. Topics will include a presentation on developing, protecting and commercializing digital apps and three presentations on the future of US dominance in innovation. Please forward this email to anyone you think might have an interest in these topics.
The schedule and title of the presentations follows. Bios for speakers may be found through the link of their name.
2:10 – 3:00 Chuck Valauskas will present The Development, Commercialization, and Protection of Digital Apps
3:00 – 4:30 The Future of US Dominance in Innovation:
Peter Orazem discusses the global economy. The title of his presentation is “Why did the U.S. lead the world in innovation in the 20th Century and will we still lead the world in the 21st?”
Warren Woessner discusses a recent Supreme Court case affecting life sciences patenting. The title of his presentation is “Myriad and Mayo What Went Wrong?”
Ed Sease discusses the new patent law implemented by Congress and its impact on the ability to protect patents. The title of his presentation is “Changing Nature of Patent Litigation with New Post Issuance Administrative Processes.”
March 4, 2013
OSTI Launches SciTech Connect
The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has launched SciTech Connect, a new portal to free, publicly available DOE research and development (R&D) results. SciTech Connect incorporates the contents of two of the most popular core DOE collections and employs an innovative semantic search tool enabling scientists, researchers and the scientifically- attentive public to retrieve more relevant information. OSTI developed the new resource to help increase access to science, technology and engineering research information from DOE and its predecessor agencies. SciTech Connect represents one of the largest deployments of semantic search by a federal agency to date.
January 9, 2013
A Critical Materials Institute - The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that a team led by The Ames Laboratory, has been selected to establish an Energy Innovation Hub that will develop solutions to the domestic shortages of rare earth metals and other materials critical for U.S. energy security. The new Hub, the Critical Materials Institute (CMI), will initially bring together leading researchers from academia, four Department of Energy national laboratories, and the private sector. The CMI is intended to address challenges in critical materials, including mineral processing, manufacture, substitution, efficient use, and end-of-life recycling and integrate scientific research, engineering innovation, manufacturing and process improvements.
Commercialization of the technologies arising from the CMI's research program will be one of its main goals. If you are interested in partnering with or participating in the CMI, please contact Deb Covey, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 515-294-1048.
October 24, 2012
Reclaiming Rare Earths - Recycling keeps paper, plastics, and even jeans out of landfills. Could recycling rare-earth magnets do the same? Perhaps, if the recycling process can be improved.
Under a work for others agreement with the Korean Institute for Industrial Technology, scientists at the Ames Laboratory are working to more effectively remove the neodymium, a rare earth element, from the mix of other materials in a magnet. Initial results show recycled materials maintain the properties that make rare-earth magnets useful. For the full press release, click here.
October 2, 2012
Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies, an Iowa start-up company, with licenses to Ames Laboratory technologies won the 2012 John Pappajohn Iowa Business Plan Competition. IPAT plans to use the Ames Laboratory-developed technologies to make spherical titanium powder. For the full press release, click here.
July 13, 2012
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