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While patent filings were up, research institutes and others surveyed started up fewer companies, won fewer patents, and signed fewer licensing and option agreements than they did before the recession.

The Sloan School of Management study so far suggests that a greater degree of interdisciplinary collaboration within universities may lead to more entrepreneurship and technology transfer — but only to an extent.

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The first repealed rule required that officials from the Oregon DOJ review any business deal worth more than $100,000 between schools in the Oregon university system schools and private entities; while the second required a DOJ review of any deal between Oregon state schools and those from other state systems.

The study suggests it is "unlikely" that patents protecting biomedical inventions "will ever be licensed" if they have remained unlicensed for more than eight years since their priority patent application was filed.

Eli Lilly, Cornell University, and the Kauffman Foundation's iBridge Network each unveiled web-based initiatives for facilitating tech transfer at last week's Association of University Technology Managers annual meeting.

A majority of US tech-transfer offices said their main goals are to provide a service to faculty entrepreneurs and translate university research into commercial products — but much less so to maximize licensing revenue or provide research support, according to the survey.

The settlement terminates a licensing agreement signed between Rockefeller and Ligand in 1992 related to patents and know-how surrounding peptidyl hormone-mediated gene expression technology discovered primarily by a Rockefeller scientist.

This year's Breakthrough Prize winners include a pair that developed a therapy for spinal muscular atrophy.

The New York Times reports on how white supremacists misconstrue genetic research, concerning many geneticists.

Researchers find that people's genetics influence their success at university, but that it is not the only factor.

In Nature this week: approach to identify genetic variants that affect trait variability, application of read clouds to microbiome samples, and more.