As start-ups and small businesses begin to grow, they inevitably need the services and skills of other people to stay competitive. April’s Catalyst Seminar (the last in our Lean Start-up Business Tactics Series) focused on some of the human resource (HR) issues that arise as companies begin to expand and add to their talent pool. Our speaker this month was Andrea Chatfield, Of Council at the law firm Cook, Little, Rosenblatt & Manson, p.l.l.c. Andrea has been recognized by Chambers USA as one of New Hampshire’s leading employment law attorneys.
The US patent system is premised on a fundamental exchange, or as some might say, a grand bargain. In exchange for fully disclosing their invention to the public, the inventor gains the exclusionary right to that invention for a limited period.
Companies often have a problem that can be uniquely solved by a university partnership. They will invest in external research to achieve an innovative solution for a new product or process that has great commercialization or market potential. But why would an academic want to be involved with addressing current business challenges?
New Hampshire ranks 22nd in total federal dollars awarded to small companies that have early-stage and high risk technologies with high potential for commercialization. Through the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, New Hampshire companies have received over $425M since the program’s inception. To increase the financing of New Hampshire’s entrepreneurial initiatives, NH Inspires Innovation will offer a series of SBIR/STTR workshops around the state.
Technology transfer is like any other field with a host of its own unique terms and acronyms, all designed to confuse and intimidate those not in the know. Confusion is not really the intention, but it's the look I often receive when one of these terms slips into a conversation. Particularly when speaking with people outside UNHInnovation (UNHI), the conversation is frequently interrupted by a request for clarification. In an effort to bridge this gap and get everyone on the same page, we’ll start small and over the course of several blogs begin to create a glossary for some of the diffe