Michael Moore, Associate Vice President Intellectual Property Commercialization & Economic Development
Michael F. Moore is the Associate Vice President, IP Commercialization and Economic Development at the University of North Dakota. He has complete authority for the University's intellectual property licensing program as well as responsibilities to translate the University's $125M research enterprise to the private sector to stimulate economic development in North Dakota.
Previously, Moore was the Manager, Strategic Accounts and Compliance for the Office for Technology Commercialization at the University of Minnesota. In that role, Moore established a formal compliance program for the technology commercialization function to ensure that licensees are meeting contract provisions and developing the early stage inventions from the University. Moore also managed the Agriculture & Horticulture licensing program including the Honeycrisp™ and SweetTango™ apples as well as the Contract function.
Previous to his appointment as Manager, Strategic Accounts, Moore was the Director, Health Technologies where he had complete responsibility for the licensing operation in the University's Academic Health Center and College of Veterinary Medicine including the management of five licensing professionals at Minnesota. Moore joined the University of Minnesota in 1995 as a senior licensing associate. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, Moore spent 12 years at Amersham Life Science and held positions in radiopharmaceutical manufacturing and method development, product applications, new technology assessment and product management (marketing). At the time he left Amersham, one of the core technologies that he helped develop, ECLÔ (Enhanced Chemiluminescence) had become a staple in the research marketplace in the area of non-radioactive DNA & protein detection.
Moore received an MS in Biotechnology from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a BS in Biology with a minor in chemistry from Northern Illinois University. He is also a past Vice President for the Central Region of AUTM (Association of University Technology Managers) and is active in LES (Licensing Executive's Society).
Tara Kopplin, Licensing Associate
Tara Kopplin is a Licensing Associate responsible for the commercialization of engineering and physical science-related technologies. She meets with inventors to discuss and review intellectual property disclosures, manages prosecution of patent applications, and works to license existing technologies. She also reviews and drafts legal agreements, including material transfer agreements and licensing agreements.
An active member of the Association of University Technology Managers and the Licensing Executive Society, Kopplin frequently attends meetings and educational courses to sharpen her skills in technology management and licensing technology.
Prior to working at UND, Kopplin received her BS in Chemical Engineering and her MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Dakota. She interned at Cargill Corn Milling as a process engineer.
Kumi Nagamoto-Combs, Licensing Associate
Kumi Nagamoto-Combs is a Licensing Associate responsible for commercialization of life science-related technologies. Her office is located in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences to enhance accessibility of IPCED for life, health and biomedical science researchers at UND.
Prior to joining IPCED, Combs practiced as a research scientist in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Therapeutics and most recently served as a lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology for the first year medical school curriculum at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at UND.
Her professional experience includes postdoctoral training at Case Western Reserve University and an internship in the Office of Technology Transfer at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Combs received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Jason Jenkins, Assistant General Counsel and Patent Attorney
Jason R. Jenkins is an Assistant General Counsel and the University's patent and intellectual property attorney. He is housed in the Office of General Counsel but works very closely with the Vice President for Research and the Office of Intellectual Property Commercialization & Economic Development. Jenkins also advises the University on contracts, agreements and policies as well as general legal issues.
Jenkins came to the University having spent several years in private practice, developing an extensive litigation background before focusing on intellectual property including patents, trademarks and copyrights. A registered patent attorney, Jenkins has represented clients of all shapes and sizes before the US Patent and Trademark Office, in litigation in state and federal courts, and in arbitration and mediation. Jenkins has advised individuals and businesses alike across many different industries and in all aspects of intellectual property protection, transactions, and enforcement strategies.
Jenkins received his BS in Biotechnology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and spent five years before and during law school working as a forensic DNA analyst in state and local crime laboratories. Jenkins received his Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa School of Law, where he was a member of the TULSA LAW JOURNAL.
Jenkins is admitted to practice in North Dakota, Iowa and Oklahoma, and is registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Michael Sadler, Legal and Marketing Assistant
Michael Sadler is a Legal and Marketing Assistant responsible for drafting, reviewing and negotiating legal agreements for IPCED as well as managing its internal database. Sadler also assists in the filing and management of patent prosecution with outside firms and serves as the department administrator for UND matters.
Sadler received her undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary in classical studies in 2008 and graduated from the UND School of Law in 2011. She served as legal intern in IPCED from June 2010 to August 2011.
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