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August 09, 2023 | Tom Ballard

U News | Georgia Tech executes MOU with U.S. Intellectual Property Alliance

The Maryland Department of Commerce has approved a new economic development zone in the area around Towson University, the sixth such initiative in the state designed to spur job creation and entrepreneurship near a university.

From Georgia Institute of Technology:

The Office of Technology Licensing at the Atlanta university has announced a new memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Intellectual Property Alliance (USIPA). The MOU establishes a non-exclusive framework for collaboration in developing intellectual property (IP) outreach and education programs.

According to the announcement, the collaboration is expected to have a significant impact on promoting IP awareness and education. By working together, the Office of Technology Licensing and USIPA will drive positive change in the IP ecosystem and contribute to the U.S. becoming a richer IP ecosystem for the benefit of all citizens.

Under terms of the MOU, the Office of Technology Licensing and USIPA agree to jointly organize and sponsor IP activities, programs, and events. This will include providing speakers on IP, sharing information on IP opportunities and activities, and performing appropriately in anything else IP-related to achieve the goals of the collaboration.

From North Carolina State University:

A group of researchers from the North Carolina State Department of Forest Biomaterials has been selected to lead a $10 million, public-private research initiative aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the forest products industry. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, the initiative is part of the Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute known as EPIXC, or Electrified Processes for Industry Without Carbon. EPIXC is a multi-institutional effort devoted to supporting the expanded use of clean electricity for process heating — the use of thermal energy to prepare materials for manufacturing — across a total of six industrial sectors. Those sectors — iron and steel, chemicals, petroleum, food and beverage, forest products and cement — account for more than 30 percent of emissions in the U.S., largely as a result of fossil fuel-driven process heating.

Key partners include Arizona State University, University of Texas at Austin, Missouri University of Science and Technology, Navajo Technical University, Pennsylvania State University, Stanford University, Texas A&M University, Tuskegee University, Idaho National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and National Energy Technology Laboratory.

From the University of Cincinnati:

Nearly a year after celebrating the grand opening of its Digital Futures building, the University of Cincinnati (UC) is planning to complete the remaining two floors in the six-story structure, which is located in the Cincinnati Innovation District.

Some spaces in the building remained unfinished, including the entire fourth and fifth floors, when the building opened last September. Construction will start in December to complete the building, with work slated to be finished by December 2024.

“Approval of Phase 2 of Digital Futures demonstrates UC’s commitment to growing our applied research capabilities,” UC Vice President of Research Patrick Limbach told the Cincinnati Business Courier. “These enhancements will provide additional resources for conducting research vital to national security, aligned with our goal to be a leader in digital health, and will expand our ability to support backbone organizations key to the vibrancy of our city.”

From Towson University:

The Maryland Department of Commerce has approved a new economic development zone in the area around Towson University, the sixth such initiative designed to spur job creation and entrepreneurship near a university.

The six were created under the “Regional Institution Strategic Enterprise (RISE) Zone” program, which seeks to utilize institutional assets with a link to economic development and revitalization in the surrounding communities, creating incentives for businesses to relocate and operate in areas close to institutions of higher education throughout the state.

The new RISE zone will span 419 acres throughout downtown Towson, as well as covering part of the university, and will be in effect for the next five years. The other zones are in areas near Morgan State University, University of Maryland at Baltimore, Montgomery College, Salisbury University and University of Maryland at College Park.

From Utah State University:

Elizabeth (Betsy) Cantwell, who served for about two years starting in 2008 as Deputy Associate Laboratory Director for National Security at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been inaugurated as the 17th of Utah State University. Since her time in Oak Ridge, spent four and one-half years at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; served as Vice President for Research at Arizona State University (ASU) followed by serving as Chief Executive Officer of ASURE, ASU’s applied research arm; and finally Senior Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Arizona.

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