The Year in Review
2017 Patent Awards Ceremony
OTC held its biannual Patent Awards Ceremony in February to recognize achievements from the University community in innovation and commercialization. This year's theme focused on "An Insider's View to Commercializing Inventions". The Ceremony recognized 42 Georgetown faculty who are named inventors on issued patents during 2015 and 2016, and also recognized two Georgetown inventors, Ophir Frieder and Mark Maloof from the Department of Computer Science, for outstanding contributions to innovation and commercialization. Keynote speakers were Rachel King, founder and CEO of GlycoMimetics, a biotech company in Gaithersburg, MD, and Jim Myers, information systems Sector Vice President of Northrop Grumman. Northrop, a licensee of malware detection technology invented by Georgetown’s Dr. Marc Maloof, recently spun out the commercial cybersecurity company, BluVector, which has commercial rights to the Georgetown technology. University leaders in attendance to honor inventors at the ceremony included Provost Robert Groves and Ed Healton, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences and Executive Dean of Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Intellectual Property 101 for Students
Recognizing the increasing focus of innovation and entrepreneurship in courses for Georgetown students, OTC partnered with Duane Morris LLP in an "Invention to Innovation" (I2I) seminar in March. Attorneys Jonathan Cohen and Mark Comtois from Duane Morris joined OTC’s VP, Claudia Stewart and Georgetown University Counsel Paul Greco to provide a primer of intellectual property and its ownership for the Georgetown community. Special emphasis was on student-generated intellectual property, which led to lively discussion between the students and faculty in the audience and the speakers. OTC hosted similar I2Is throughout the year for the University community, covering topics such as conflict-of-interest management and collaborative partnerships with the National Cancer Institute.