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Certified Licensing Professional Program Adds Three New Board Members

Monday, October 06, 2008

  • Representatives from biotech and university tech transfer
  • Sectors now included to reflect broad industry support

Alexandria, VA -- Three new members have been named to the Board of Governors of the Certified Licensing Professional™ (CLP) Program, an initiative of the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada, Inc.).

These new members bring specialized expertise in biotechnology and university technology transfer, ensuring that as the CLP program evolves it will include elements appropriate for these important market sectors.

The new members include:

  • Patrick Jones, University of Arizona
  • Katharine Ku, Stanford University
  • John Craighead, Biotechnology Industry Organization

"The CLP Program reaches out to all sectors of the licensing profession ," says Jim Sobieraj, Partner, Brinks Hofer, and Chairman of the CLP Board of Governors. "We are pleased to have prominent representatives from university tech transfer programs and the biotech industry join the board, because they will bring important perspectives and input to the program."

Some of the new board members talked about how they hope to contribute to the program.

"The CLP Program offers a whole new outlook on what it means to be a licensing professional as well as an opportunity to build consensus among practitioners about what's important and fundamental to our profession," Jones says. "Serving on the Board of Governors is a wonderful chance to be a part of that process and to help bring new perspectives into the discussion. I am looking forward to it."

Ku adds, "I’m excited to be participating in such an important endeavor. Measuring and benchmarking success in our profession is a challenge, and the CLP program has already taken huge steps to accomplish this. I hope my contributions will help to continually improve the certification process."

As the CLP program nears its one-year anniversary in October 2008, nearly 700 licensing professionals have already earned the CLP credential, which involves meeting specific education and experience requirements and passing a 150-question exam covering eight key areas of IP licensing.

For more information about the CLP program, visit

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