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Software Specific Challenges in Technology Transfer

Why join this course?
During this three-day course you will dive into the software-specific challenges in technology transfer. Kicking off with an overview of inventions, patents, licenses, and business concepts that are related to software.

The challenges of software and which factors to be aware of when considering the basics will also be addressed, in addition to less-familiar forms of IP protection. Other points for discussion are big data, marketing channels, and software-based spin-offs.

The course is highly interactive, including exercises and case studies.

Who should attend?
This course is designed for professionals that have at least 6 months experience in technology transfer and are working with software and computer-implemented inventions.

Learning Objectives

  • Be acquainted with the different terminology used in software and computer implemented inventions, as well as the implications of software development for due diligence and licensing
  • Set a strategy for licensing, taking into account the opportunities and limitations of using open source licenses
  • Design business models around software and computer-implemented inventions, and how to scale them
  • Identify different market channels available (app, cloud, licensing models, hardware/software bundles), and align their use with a specific business model

Course Topics

  • Software terminology
  • Due diligence in software-implemented inventions
  • Alternative IP forms for Software
  • Open Source software
  • Software-specific terms in license agreements
  • Market channels available
  • Business models in software
  • Software-based spin-offs
  • Programme
  • Speakers
  • Venue

Programme

  • Wed 25 January 2023

    • 09:00 - 09:15    Course introduction

    • 09:15 - 10:15    Software Intellectual Property rights

      In this session, you will learn the basics of the different forms of IP that apply to software and learn how to protect these including patents, copyright, and database rights. Most of us will be familiar with patent protection but with software this is not always straightforward and other, perhaps less familiar, forms of IP protection can often be more appropriate.

    • 10:15 - 10:45    First evaluation (intellectual asset inventory)

      In this session, you will learn software-specific intellectual property issues and challenges including common mistakes and hygiene factors. We address software specific issues and challenges and learn which questions to ask when you check a software invention disclosure. This also gives insight to software-specific challenges and what to look for in the development of a case.

    • 10:45 - 11:15    Coffee Break

    • 11:15 - 13:00    Patentability of software/ computer-implemented inventions: views from Europe and the US

      This session will help you understand the specific challenges in computer-implemented inventions, and the different views from Europe and the US.

      The European Patent Office released new examination guidelines in relation to Artificial Intelligence and Simulation-related Inventions. Meanwhile, in the US, new court cases have been changing the understanding of what can be patented.

      This session provides an overview of the current understanding of software patents, in both the US and Europe.

    • 13:00 - 14:00    Lunch

    • 14:00 - 15:00    The software lifecycle

      This session is intended to instruct you in the concept of a software lifecycle agreement.

      We will analyse a classic software lifecycle and address the common terms and concepts that are specific for this model.

    • 15:00 - 16:00    Open source licensing

      The objective of this session is to learn how to deal with the opportunities and limitations of open source and creative commons including the legal aspects, and the business advantages and disadvantages.

      We will dive into the various forms of open source that are available and review how these will affect our business case.

      What if the invention contains elements of open source with limitations on commercial exploitation?

      What needs to be considered to ensure that we still have a valid business case?

    • 16:00 - 16:30    Coffee Break

    • 16:30 - 17:30    Case study

      The objective of this session is to run through a realistic invention disclosure scenario. We shall start from the first contact with the disclosure, through to the first level of due diligence in two software cases.

    • 17:30 - 18:00    Case study feedback

    • 18:00 - 18:15    Round up of day 1

      What did we learn today: time for reflection, hands-on examples, exercises, Q&A.

    • 19:30 - 22:00    Networking Dinner

  • Thu 26 January 2023

    • 09:00 - 10:30    Data in university IP

      The increasing prevalence of digital innovation pushes the limits of established KT activities. The objective of this session is to understand the role of data in university IP. We will look at what ‘data’ is, which IP rights can protect it, and how to address data ownership and use. Further we will explore strategies for making data available, data valuation and how to retain control of data, illustrated by a case study.

    • 10:30 - 11:00    Coffee Break

    • 11:00 - 12:00    Channels to market: apps, cloud, licensing models, hardware/software bundles

      The objective of this session is to understand the various channels that can be used to market software-based inventions. We shall review a number of channels that can be used to get software to market and get an understanding of the criteria required for each route, which is preferable and under what boundary conditions.

    • 12:00 - 13:00    Business models: making money

      Understand how to turn your software into a viable business. The session will focus on the various possibilities that are available with software-specific angles. Which challenges will you face in terms of : marketing, payment models, regulations and restrictions, and required personnel?

    • 13:00 - 14:00    Lunch

    • 14:00 - 15:00    Practical cases of business models in software deals

      The objective of this session is to look at examples of software businesses to understand what led to their success. It is important to learn from others, but without the proper understanding of the settings and why things worked out, the information is less useful. Participants will look into well-known successes, learn about their challenges and understand how they managed to turn their business into an international success.

    • 15:00 - 16:00    Business model case study

      The objective of this session is to get the feeling for which business models can be used to market software. You will be asked to apply what you have learned today, and analyse a number of business models from a set of well-known examples.

    • 16:00 - 16:30    Coffee Break

    • 16:30 - 17:30    Artificial Intelligence and Data Management

      With Artificial Intelligence rapidly gaining importance, how are we, as KTOs, used to working with inventions and software, adapting to deal with it?

      The objective of this session is to understand the limitations of the classical IP regime when it comes to dealing with AI and data in R&D collaborations as well as KT activities.

      What are the implications for deal making when AI is involved?

    • 17:30 - 17:45    Round up of day 2

      What did we learn today? Time for reflection, hands-on examples and Q&A.

  • Fri 27 January 2023

    • 09:00 - 10:30    Bamboo Energy, from lab to market

      In 2014 a young PhD researcher proposed to the develop a commercial energy aggregator in the framework of her first European H2020 project at the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (ICREA).

      Since then, the idea has gone through all the RDI and KTO value chain to become a promising start-up offering a software platform to manage and monetize energy flexibility.

      We would like to share the amazing journey with you and discuss challenges and successes.

    • 10:30 - 11:00    Coffee Break

    • 11:00 - 12:30    Spin outs: the investor’s perspective: investment manager

      The objective of this session is to understand what an investor is looking for in a software business. In this session, an investor will give his perspective on a software driven business and address issues such as ROI opportunities, time to market, liability risks, building the right team, and market entry thresholds.

    • 12:45 - 13:45    Lunch

Speakers

Venue

Venue - Calipolis Hotel Sitges

Av. Sofia, 2, Sitges 08870, Spain

Room Rates at Calipolis Hotel
Single occupancy : €124.00 per night inclusive of breakfast
Double occupancy : €144.00 per night inclusive of breakfast

  • Local Tourist Tax 1,32€ per person/day not included
  • Participants should make their booking through hotel website with the promotion code ASTP2023

COVID-19
The Calipolis hotel guarantees that all relevant activities and health and safety precautions are agreed and carried out by all the people involved in the event, and that it is in accordance with the references requested by the Spanish and Catalan health authorities.

Visas, vaccinations, tests and travel documentation: All event participants are responsible for verifying and implementing all health, safety and COVID-19 requirements that are applicable to participate in the event.

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