Lisa Kuuttila


Lisa Kuuttila will speak at the first STC.UNM fall seminar series on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 12 p.m. in the Acoma Room of the Student Union Building. She will address the commercialization process for university inventions in a talk titled, "Commercializing Your Intellectual Property: What Are the Options?" University inventors can learn about intellectual property ownership issues, how the nature of the invention can help determine the appropriate business model and the legal and financial issues to consider for each model.

STC.UNM, the University's technology-transfer office will be hosting its fall seminar series in September, October and November. The seminars are free and open to the UNM community and the public but registration is required. Box lunches will be provided. Six seminars have now been scheduled.

Wednesday, Sept. 29
"Managing Creativity: Inspiration, Perspiration, Collaboration and Beyond/A Second Look at the Google Book Settlement"
Charles C. Valauskas, J.D.
Valauskas Corder LLC
Fiesta A & B, Upper Level, Student Union Building (SUB)
12 -1 p.m.

Topic: When multiple parties are collaborating on a project to achieve a goal, whether the project is directed to producing software or some other product, the ownership consequences of the effort may be totally unanticipated. This session will provide a launch pad for discussions related to such cases and other examples and examine related copyright and patent issues. Mr. Valauskas will also discuss the latest developments in the two Google book search lawsuits.

Wednesday, Oct. 13
"Venture Capital 101 – Myth vs. Reality"
Mr. David Blivin
Founder & Managing Director, Cottonwood Technology Fund (CTF)
Acoma A & B, Upper Level, Student Union Building (SUB)
12 -1 pm

Topic: Curious about how venture capital works? Interested in raising capital? This presentation will cover the basics of raising venture capital. Mr. Blivin will discuss when venture capital is the right answer, how it works, and clarify typical misconceptions.

Thursday, Oct. 21
"Repurposing Drugs for Commercialization"
Robert Hromas, M.D.
Professor and Chief of the Division of Hematology/Oncology, Dept. of Internal Medicine, UNM School of Medicine and Health Sciences Center
Domenici Education Center West, Room 3010
UNM HSC Campus
12 -1 p.m.

Topic: Most cancer chemotherapy and radiation therapy kills cancer by damaging their DNA and preventing DNA replication. However, cancer cells have DNA repair and replication proteins such as Metnase and Intnase that help cancer cells resist the therapy by increasing their ability to repair and replicate. Dr. Hromas will talk about his research in this area and the discovery of the repurposing capabilities of an HIV drug for cancer treatment. His ongoing research has led to the development of new inhibitors for Metnase and Intnase

Wednesday, Nov. 10
"The Patent Reform Act--Should You Start Working Out and Saving More?"
Timothy M. Hsieh, Ph.D., J.D.
Managing Partner, MH2 Technology Law Group, LLP
Acoma A & B, Upper Level, Student Union Building (SUB)
12 -1 p.m.

Topic: Due to pressing issues like health care and the BCS playoff system, the Patent Reform Act of 2010 remains pending before Congress. It's very likely, though, that the House and Senate will take up patent reform again in 2011. Dr. Hsieh will discuss the changes being considered, concerns about those changes, and how they might affect what you do in the lab.

Monday, Nov. 15
"An Inside Look at the U. S. Patent & Trademark Office: Current Practice and Trends"
Henry Coleman, Ph.D., J.D.
Founding Partner, Coleman Sudol Sapone P.C.)Domenici Education Center Northeast, Room 2410
UNM HSC Campus
12 -1 p.m.

Topic: Dr. Coleman's talk will focus on the economic impact on individual inventors, start-ups, universities and small businesses of the U. S. Patent Office's reluctance to grant allowances that establish broad valuable patents. The focus will include current patent office policies, the general macroeconomic environment, approaches to defusing obviousness rejections, and the principal approach taken by examiners to avoid granting substantive patents. Unspoken concerns of the Patent Office, such as building a business of productive value vs. patent trolling, obviousness rejections from a practical perspective, implications for foreign rights and obtaining patents in foreign jurisdictions for licensees will also be addressed.

For more information on the seminars and to register online, visit: STC seminars and registration or contact Denise Bissell at 272-7310 or