Archive for November, 2009

Best Practices for Marketing Intellectual Property

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Fuentek has had many years of hands-on experience in generating scores of licenses and successful partnership agreements for clients, and has identified the following collection of “Best Practices” to effectively and efficiently market intellectual property.

  1. Define, implement and institutionalize an agile marketing process as a guide for consistent quality results.
  2. Secure inventor commitment and availability before initiating a marketing campaign—their involvement is crucial to success.
  3. Prioritize your portfolio of technologies and allocate the appropriate level of resources by adhering to a proven filtering methodology.
  4. Focus on ROI to ensure maximum return on your investment of your limited human and financial resources.
  5. Employ the right promotional tools that are appropriate for the target technology and target audience.
  6. Make use of your Web resources as a cost-effective marketing tool.
  7. Qualify licensees effectively to ensure that you focus your limited resources on opportunities that have been property evaluated and scrutinized to position your team to achieve your licensing goals.
  8. Utilize an IP management database system to proactively monitor and manage all of your marketing interactions and initiatives.
  9. Engage IP marketing professionals with the right technical and business backgrounds to successfully commercialize technologies in your portfolio.
  10. Embrace your “lessons learned” from all of your technology assessments and marketing activities.

Licenses and agreements for your technology portfolio are the direct result of a consistent and disciplined adherence to your technology assessment and marketing processes along with thoughtfully formulated promotional strategy and tactics. Adopting these 10 best practices will position your organization for success in achieving your technology marketing goals and objectives.

—By Jack Spain

November 30th, 2009

Operational Excellence for Tech Transfer Offices

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Maintaining a continual focus on planning, prioritization, and execution of projects and tasks for your Technology Transfer Office is complex and requires effective integration of numerous interrelated operational processes to ensure that the allocation and engagement of your staff is optimized for your organization. In fact, as a leader and manager for your team, it is difficult to argue that this dimension is not your most critical responsibility. I offer the following leadership guidance to position your organization for consistent and optimal performance across your entire team.  

1. Translate strategy into action plans. Leaders translate the vision, strategy, goals, and objectives into specific actions plans for each staff member to ensure the overall success of the organization.  

2.  Confront reality. Effective leaders are well grounded with a solid grasp of the real challenges and issues that your organization is facing and provide the requisite guidance to deal with adversity and opportunities directly while looking at each challenge and experience as a learning opportunity.  

3. Set high expectations to fully leverage available resources throughout the organization. Leaders establish challenging, but realistic and attainable goals for each member within their organization that are synergistic with the overall goals and objectives of the enterprise.  

4. Inspire the team to succeed. Leaders have an obligation and responsibility to motivate and inspire their subordinates to exceed the goals and expectations for their organization.  

5. Delivering results with integrity. We have been continuously reminded during this past decade of the consequences that result from leaders who do not set an exemplary example of leading and delivering results with integrity. Leaders have an awesome responsibility to set and maintain an example in each and every action she or he takes.  

—By Jack Spain

November 4th, 2009

Virtual teams are a SMART approach to running your organization

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

You can improve your enterprise’s Success by establishing and Managing a virtual team to enhance your organization’s Agility and increase staff Retention by leveraging modern, low-cost, ubiquitous Technology.

Increasingly more enterprise leaders are achieving greater success by establishing organization goals, objectives and performance metrics that empower their staff. Associates gain greater satisfaction through increased flexibility and productivity to get their job done while focusing more on results than office arrival and departure times. To achieve successful staff empowerment, leaders should establish clear goals, utilize proactive and consistent communications, and maintain trust between staff and management.

Over the past several years, technology that can support a virtual office has advanced considerably and this new technology aligns well with the current focus on enterprise environmental impact and our personal carbon footprint.

The following are just a few of the direct and indirect cost savings associated through empowering and managing virtual team:

  • Reduced commuting environmental costs (fuel, CO2 emissions)
  • Increased productive time due to reduced commuting time
  • Lower conditioned space costs (lease, electric, gas, water, janitorial, waste & recycling removal, grounds keeping, insurance, etc.)
  • Reduced infrastructure and office supply costs (computer servers, desktop/notebook computers, printers, phone systems, IT support resources, etc.)
  • Improved productivity (fewer distractions and non-essential break room discussions)


Virtual environments have moved well beyond social media and digital gaming and into the workplace within many leading organizations.

—By Jack Spain

November 2nd, 2009

Disciplined use of an IP management database enhances marketing efforts

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

I published an article in the Intellectual Property Marketing Advisor, November 2009 Issue on utilizing IP management database software for marketing Intellectual Property.

— Jack Spain

November 1st, 2009