Intellectual Property Protection
Ms. Robin Rasor, Director of Licensing, University of Michigan
With the amount of intellectual property generated as part of the Center's research efforts, it is more important than ever to understand patents, copyrights, and licensing. To facilitate this need, we are presenting an overview of the intellectual property protection and licensing process. The overview will include what patents and copyrights cover, the step-by-step process to obtain one, what is contained in a license, and the University policies relating to intellectual property and licensing. There will also be an extended question and answer session to close the overview.
As Director of Licensing, Ms. Rasor oversees staff handling all functions of the licensing process at the University ranging from management and marketing of disclosures to developing and negotiating appropriate licensing terms for license agreements, and finally to maintaining and monitoring existing agreements. Previously, Ms. Rasor was Director of Licensing at Ohio State University. Her primary focus was on technologies arising from life sciences research from the Colleges of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Dentistry, Medicine, Pharmacy and Veterinary Sciences. In her previous ten years experience with Battelle Columbus Laboratories, a leading US contract research firm, Ms. Rasor traveled extensively to Japan and Europe for marketing and research programs. Ms. Rasor has a MS in Genetics from Ohio State University and a BS in Bacteriology and Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University. Ms. Rasor is a former member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Board of Trustees. In 2005, she was awarded the President's Award for service to AUTM. Currently, Ms. Rasor serves on the Board of Directors of the Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce.