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Overview

Each year, thousands of discoveries originate in the fruitful minds of institutional researchers. Calfee’s technology transfer practice group helps research institutions and their corporate partners convert these valuable discoveries into income-generating assets.   

Our technology transfer experts regularly counsel institutions and their licensees in a broad range of transactions. By assembling a multidisciplinary team, including lawyers from our intellectual property, capital raising, and government relations practices, we find cohesive solutions to the unique challenges presented by moving technology out of labs and into the market.

In addition to transactions, Calfee assists major research institutions with establishing internal innovations programs, intellectual property cultivation exercises, internal intellectual property practices and policies, and licensing programs to monetize intellectual property resulting from years of research and funding.    

Noteworthy

Chambers USA Band 2 Ranking (Ohio)

For well over a decade, our Intellectual Property group has been ranked and recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, an industry-leading legal resource for professionals in search of qualified, experienced legal counsel. Most recently, in 2018, Chambers USA researchers reported that Calfee's IP group is "esteemed for its handling of IP litigation and portfolio management on behalf of large clients in Ohio and the Midwest and across the USA. [They are] highly experienced in the engineering, chemical and biological sectors, with notable abilities in handling matters for consumer products and manufacturing clients."

Chambers USA has also reported that their researchers found Calfee's IP team to be held in "very high regard by fellow practitioners who note our extensive experience representing clients in wider patent and trademark matters, IP litigation matters, appellate work, and advising companies on managing IP assets in China."

U.S.News – Best Lawyers in America "Best Law Firms" Rankings

Calfee was selected for inclusion in the 2019 "Best Law Firms" rankings by U.S.News – Best Lawyers in America in Intellectual Property Litigation (National and Metropolitan Cleveland rankings).

Professionals

Experience

Experience

We regularly counsel universities, hospitals, public research facilities, and their industry counterparts through complex intellectual property matters. This includes technologies developed in renown institutions such as the following:

  • The Ohio State University
  • Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Ohio University
  • Cleveland State University
  • University of Toledo
  • Miami University
  • Battelle Memorial Institute
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Georgetown University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • The Regents of the University of California
  • University of Texas
  • Dalhousie University
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of South Florida

Services

Services

Our services include the following:

  • Structuring complex licensing deals
  • Establishing and funding private spinoffs built on institutional technologies
  • Negotiating material transfer agreements
  • Working with public and private incubators, development funds, and accelerators
  • Advising on clinical trials and sponsored research
  • Developing intellectual property enforcement programs
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Chambers USA researchers reported that Calfee's IP group is "esteemed for its handling of IP litigation and portfolio management on behalf of large clients in Ohio and the Midwest and across the USA. [They are] highly experienced in the engineering, chemical and biological sectors, with notable abilities in handling matters for consumer products and manufacturing clients."

Chambers USA 2018

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