Webinar: LLCs VS Corporations as Startup Structures

The webinar includes a deep dive on each of the following topics: • Governance and structural concerns of LLCs, including organizational documents, founders’ agreements, and management provisions • Tax issues, including partnership provisions and conversion opportunities for LLCs • Investor concerns on LLCs, particularly from the venture capital lens • Accounting issues on tax and…

Webinar: Startup Licensing 101 – The License, Part 1

For many entrepreneurs, licensing from a university may be a new experience. This series of webinars provides information that will be helpful for academic entrepreneurs contemplating their first (or perhaps subsequent) license from an academic institution. Presented by an attorney who represents many academic startups, including their investors, along with two academic technology transfer veterans, these webinars bring views from both sides of the table and best practices for a fruitful and efficient negotiation.

Webinar: Startup Licensing 101 – Term Sheets & Financials

For many entrepreneurs, licensing from a university may be a new experience. This series of webinars provides information that will be helpful for academic entrepreneurs contemplating their first (or perhaps subsequent) license from an academic institution. Presented by an attorney who represents many academic startups, including their investors, along with two academic technology transfer veterans, these webinars bring views from both sides of the table and best practices for a fruitful and efficient negotiation.

Webinar: Startup Licensing 101 – Licensing Process & Pre-Agreements

This is part 2 of a 5-part webinar series called Startup Licensing 101: A Resource for Entrepreneurs Working with Companies Originated at Academic Institutions.

For many entrepreneurs, licensing from a university may be a new experience. This series of webinars provides information that will be helpful for academic entrepreneurs contemplating their first (or perhaps subsequent) license from an academic institution. Presented by an attorney who represents many academic startups, including their investors, along with two academic technology transfer veterans, these webinars bring views from both sides of the table and best practices for a fruitful and efficient negotiation.

Webinar: Startup Licensing 101 – The 30,000 Foot View

This is part 1 of a 5-part webinar series called Startup Licensing 101: A Resource for Entrepreneurs Working with Companies Originated at Academic Institutions.

For many entrepreneurs, licensing from a university may be a new experience. This series of webinars provides information that will be helpful for academic entrepreneurs contemplating their first (or perhaps subsequent) license from an academic institution. Presented by an attorney who represents many academic startups, including their investors, along with two academic technology transfer veterans, these webinars bring views from both sides of the table and best practices for a fruitful and efficient negotiation.

TTO Strategic Communication Tactics with VCs

As a VC firm partnered with over 100 universities, we get the question from Tech Transfer Offices (TTOs) all the time — how can we best communicate with VCs? While investors have directed more attention to universities for deal flow in recent years (see bar graph below), most VCs don’t have a singular focus on…

2019 Court Decisions: Implications for University Licensing

On September 2, 2020, Russell E. Levine, JD, Kirkland & Ellis, presented an AUTM webinar entitled “Top 10 Court Decisions of the Year That Affect Licensing.” Russell, a past president of LES USA & Canada, has been doing these “top 10” talks for many years at LES annual meetings. These talks are always a full…

Webinar: Stock Purchase Agreements in University Equity Licenses

When a university licenses technology to a startup, a grant of equity is a likely consideration offered by the licensee. To receive the equity, the university will review and negotiate a Stock Purchase Agreement – a legal agreement made between the corporation (startup) and the university that governs the transfer and sale of the corporation’s stock to the university and often related financial terms, which can impact the university’s potential returns.

Webinar: Approaches to Software Licensing

Software-based technologies present challenges to the most experienced university technology managers when it comes to licensing. These technologies are often not patentable, released under an open source license, or the software is frequently rewritten – making the original code less valuable. Therefore, faculty frequently don’t disclose software, and companies commonly avoid licensing software IP from the universities.