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The Inventor - UCLA Newsletter Fall Quarter 09

The Inventor - UCLA Newsletter Fall Quarter 09

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Published by Bob Nidever
Quarterly newsletter for UCLA Inventors. Provides intellectual property news and resources. Published by the UCLA Office of Intellectual Property. Subscribe by email: rfaria@conet.ucla.edu
Quarterly newsletter for UCLA Inventors. Provides intellectual property news and resources. Published by the UCLA Office of Intellectual Property. Subscribe by email: rfaria@conet.ucla.edu

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Published by: Bob Nidever on Jan 18, 2011
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Welcome to another year and another issue of 
The Inventor 
newsletter. As the academic yearkicks off, our new issue contains stories on innovative developments at UCLA, a look at one of our new student inventors, and new information on faculty consulting. We have launched a redesigned website,www.oip.ucla.edu
, to further facilitate our collaborations with the faculty, staff, and students at UCLA aswell our partners in the business community.Check out our yearly magazine,
which highlights some of the great inventions andideas coming out of the UCLA campus. A full copy is available on our new website athttp://www.oip.ucla.edu/publications/UCLAInvents2009.pdf . I hope that this new academic year continues tobring forth the innovations for which UCLA is known. We are here to help.Sincerely,Kathryn Atchison, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Vice Provost, Intellectual Property and Industry RelationsAssociate Vice Chancellor for Research
Kathryn’s KornerTable of Contents
Coming Soon: OnlineMTA Form2Student Inventor Spotlight: Alejandro Covalin“Mind over Matter”2Meet the Staff—Technology Transfer Associates2Newly Issued UCLA Patents for3rd Quarter, FY20093Things to Come …ISR Checklist4Be Fair: Defining Fair Use 4Volume 2, Issue 1
Tip of the Quarter: Guidelines forFaculty Consulting
The UC encourages outside faculty activities, such as consulting, that contrib-ute to the individual’s profession, to thecommunity and to UCLA’s teaching andpublic service mission. To this end, arevised and updated Guide toFaculty Consulting Activitiesand Consulting Agreements
was distributed in September.The updated guide is postedtohttp://www.oip.ucla.edu/academic-community/policies-and-related-forms.We anticipate faculty may use fur-lough time and this guide will help faculty navigate conflict of commitment andconflict of interest concerns. These issueshave become subject to increased scrutiny by the University, the State of California,Congress, federal agencies, and thegeneral public. Therefore, it is importantthat consulting be done in a way that doesnot interfere with a faculty member’sprimary commitment to the University andthat it is accomplished within theframework of University policies.The guide also covers topics suchas export control, intellectual property andsubmission of research grants, andprovides sample language that can beincluded with a faculty’s consultingagreement.Remember, consulting agree-ments are personal agree-ments between an outsideorganization and the consult-ant, to which the University is not a party. Under thecircumstances, UCLA staff cannot provide faculty withpersonal legal advice, nor can they act onbehalf of individual faculty to negotiate theterms of a consulting agreement. As a courtesy however,staff of both the Office of IntellectualProperty & Industry Sponsored Research(OIP-ISR) and Legal Affairs – UCLA HealthSystem will be happy to answer questionsabout individual consulting agreementsand whether it is consistent with University policy. For questions related to faculty consulting, please contact OIP-ISR at (310)794-0558 or Legal Affairs – UCLA HealthSystem at (310) 794-3138.
This guide will helpfaculty navigateconflict of commentsand conflict of interest concerns
Having earned anundergraduatedegree in physicsengineering atUniversidadIberoamericana inMexico City, Alejandro Covalinbegan hisprofessional lifeworking as a new projects engineerin the forestry industry in hisnative Mexico. Atfirst, he found thework bothchallenging and satisfying. But after overseeingthe design and construction of a new sawmillfacility, Covalin recalls that he felt the need tomove on.“I wanted to go back to school,” hesays. “I applied to various schools and betweenBerkley, CWRU and UCLA, I was most excitedby what UCLA had to offer; basically, I likedtheir approach and the freedom I would haveto choose my thesis subject; I accepted andstarted working on my PhD in neuroengineer-ing.”Covalin came to UCLA in 2000 and,under the guidance of Associate Professor Jack Judy, he quickly focused on the study of feedback mechanisms in the autonomicnervous system. It was something of a leapfrom pure engineering and machinery designto the anatomy of the nervous system, Covalinadmits, but his background in physics andengineering ultimately served him well.“There is a lot of physics involved inhow the nervous system works. Having beentrained as an engineer, I had to retrain myself tolearn and think differently in order to force my mind to blur the boundaries between engineer-ing and neurosciences, which in itself is neuro-engineering.” Advised by UCLA NeurosurgeonProfessor Antonio De Salles on viableapplications of his knowledge to clinically relevant issues, Covalin ultimately turned hisattention to the problem of obesity and the rolethe autonomous nervous system plays indetermining metabolic rates. He found thatthere is in fact a region in the brain thatcontrols metabolic activity, and that by introducing an electric current, it is possible toregulate metabolic rate.Having successfully demonstrated thetechnology on rats, Covalin and Judy, togetherwith Los Angeles-based entrepreneur LeonEkchian, a UCLA graduate with an MBA fromthe Anderson School, and UCLA neurosurgeon Antonio De Salles founded NeuroSigma, Inc. in2008. NeuroSigma exclusively licensed thepatent application from UCLA, is currently ULCA Alums both, Lindsay Keeverand Brian Shedd both found their way toOIP and are the office’s Technology Transfer Associates, positions for scientists to breakinto the Technology Transfer career. As Tech Transfer Associates, theirrole is to evaluate the patentability andpotential commercial applications of inventions, plan marketing and patentingstrategies, and assist PIs in findingcommercial partners to help bring theirtechnologies to market to benefit society and the economy.Having received an MS in Biochemistry andMolecular Biology, Lindsay was drawn to “the business side of science” and found herself at OIP working daily with PIs and theirgroundbreaking technology. Brian recently earned a Ph.D. inMechanical Engineering from UCLA and, after a marketinginternship with OIP, found a fulltime position working with“advanced technology and business” wherehe could “walk the line between the twoarenas”. For both, this interest in the duality of their positions allows them to successfully work with potential corporate partners forUCLA technologies as well as formsuccessful relationships with UCLA faculty and students.Though working with different areas of scientific expertise, both agree that UCLA’sfaculty bring exciting developments to theforefront and the enjoyment of their jobscomes from helping to find ways to progressthe development of these technologies intopotential commercial products. In helping to build bridges withthe external corporate community, Brian says we “would like toknow what other ways faculty and students would like to be ableto interact with that community”. For these Bruins, it is therelationships developed at UCLA that allow them to be sosuccessful at their jobs.
Meet the Staff—Technology Transfer Associates
Coming Soon:Online MTA Form
 A new feature formaterial transfer requests,
MTA” will be a centralsite for submitting all requestsfor Material Transfer Agreements through a new,convenient web-basedform. The
MTA site willalso allow investigators to trackthe status of their pending andcompleted MTA requestssubmitted after July 1, 2009.To facilitate thetransition to this new MTArequest process, training forthe new 
MTA portal isbeing made available. Faculty,research staff, lab managers,and administrative staff arewelcome to join the MTA teamfor a training session on thenew system. The class will beheld on December 3rd, 2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Ronald ReganMedical Center, Room 3-3102.
For further questions,or to RSVP for this trainingevent, please contact the MTAteam atUCLAMTA@research.ucla.edu.
Student Inventor Spotlight: Alejandro CovalinMind over Matter
“Covalin” Continued on Page 4
Volume 2, Issue 1 Alejandro Covalin
Lindsay Keever Brian Shedd
Newly Issued UCLA Patents for 3rd Quarter, FY209
Volume 2, Issue 1
Case No. Invention Title Inventors by Last Name Department Patent No.
2002-004Transcription amplification system for molecularimagingMichael Carey, Sanjiv Gambhir,Meera Kodukulla, Lily Wu,Liqun ZhangSOM75279422005-021Nano-scale computational architectures with spinwave bus Alexander Khitun,Roman Ostroumov,Kang-Long WangSEAS75284561999-574Video codec method in error resilient mode and appa-ratus therefor John Villasenor, Jiangtao Wen SEAS75326692000-462 Orally administered peptides synergize statin activity Alan Fogelman, Mohamad Navab SOM75315142002-466 Aptamers to human epidermal growth factorreceptor-3Chi-Hong (Betty) Chen,Ralf Landgraf SOM75316492004-084Methods and compositions for smooth muscle recon-structionLarissa Rodriguez, Benjamin Wu SOM/SEAS75313552000-262Fusion molecules and methods for treatment of im-mune diseases Andrew Saxon, Ke Zhang,Daocheng ZhuSOM75344402005-604Competitive regulation of hepcidin mRNA by solubleand cell-associated hemojuvelinTomas Ganz, Lan Lin SOM75347642006-385 Spin-wave architecturesMary Eshaghian-Wilner, Alexan-der Khitun, Kang-Long WangSEAS75350702002-341 Amplified and overexpressed gene in colorectalcancersLee Anderson, Charles Ginther,Dennis SlamonSOM75379052005-521Lithographic and measurement techniques using theoptical properties of biaxial crystalsDaniel Neuhauser, Gabriel Sirat L&S75416002003-317 Controlled nano-doping of ultra thin films Jane Chang, Trinh Tu Van SEAS75443982004-248 Three-terminal electrical bistable devices Jun He, Liping Ma, Yang Yang SEAS75449662004-331Nell peptide expression systems and bone formationactivity of nell peptideShunichi Kuroda, Kang Ting,Benjamin WuDEN/SEAS75444862002-421 Vertical gate-depleted single electron transistorFilipp Baron, Kang-Long Wang,Yaohui ZhangSEAS75479322003-357System and method for retrieving scenario-specificdocumentsWesley Chu, Victor Liu, QinghuaZouSEAS75489102000-122 Lafora's disease gene Antonio Delgado-Escueta SOM/VAMC75505712000-118Modulating neuronal outgrowth via the major histo-compatibility complex class I (MHC I) moleculeLorraine Hanssen,Daniel Kaufman, Daniel ZekzerSOM75534842004-433 Lobe pump system and method of manufacture Shih Hsi Tong, Daniel Yang SEAS75531432004-561 Nanoparticle-polymer bistable devices Richard Kaner, Yang Yang L&S/SEAS75541111999-558 Antibody materials for an IBD-associated polypeptide Jonathan Braun,Christopher SuttonSOM75571942003-194Memory devices based on electric field programmablefilms Jianyong Ouyang, Yang Yang SEAS75573722004-563System and method for representing and encodingimagesCharles (Cheng-en) Guo, Ying-Nian Wu, Song-Chun ZhuL&S75677151999-543 Anti-microbial targeting chimeric pharmaceuticalRandal Eckert, Fengxia Qi,Wenyuan ShiDEN75695422005-227Methods for improving the structure and function of arterioles Alan Fogelman SOM7579319

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