A new organization that's right up our alley has officially launched this month - the University Industry Innovation Network. Aimed at intellectual property (IP), technology transfer, licensing and other business professionals, it's objective is to provide "a professional resource and networking platform aiming to contribute to the improvement of relationships between academia and business organizations".
A couple of great things stand out about their site, and their offering: first off, the site itself is very modern, intuitively easy to use, and does what it's supposed to - encourages interaction! Secondly, it offers a great depth of free resources, including but not limited to journals & magazines, publications, presentations, videos, blogs, social networking groups and more. Some of the categories are a bit sparse at the moment, but the webmasters have made it very simple to recommend and upload new content, with the possibility of creating a vast, easily accessible shared collection of resources for IP professionals. All elements that we heartily support at IPfolio!
Discounted membership fees end today (we just found out about it today - wish we could have shared the good news sooner!) but regular rates are still quite reasonable, at €200 a year for Academics and €400 for Business Professionals. You can read about the full list of member benefits here.
While it's still early days, this is a group we have high hopes for, and will definitely be keeping our eyes on!