Dear all,

As some of you may know, there was a recent change in the Office of Technology Transfer with the departure of Jennifer Murphy. There is a new director of  Innovation and Intellectual Property. Her name is Veronica Kayne ([log in to unmask]). With the change in leadership there is a change in paradigm. Mason used to spend $360K/year to file and prosecute patents and the corresponding revenue stream from licensing was on the order of $20K. The new model will emphasize monetization of inventions. Here is in a nutshell what will happen from now on:

1. OTT will continue to file provisional patent applications. These are relatively cheap.

2. Before the final application is filed (this is more expensive), a significant vetting process will take place to determine if it is worthwhile to spend the money to file and prosecute the patent. OTT wants to use a group of entrepreneurs, law firms in the intellectual property space, faculty advisors, and the inventors to do the proper evaluation before a final decision is made.

3. OTT will also be using the services of law firms that will be compensated on a success basis to sue for patent infringement when appropriate.


Dr. Daniel A. Menasce
Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Computer Science
Volgenau School of Engineering, 
Long and Kimmy Nguyen Engineering Building, Room 2510, MS 5C8
George Mason University
4400 University Dr.,
Fairfax, VA 22030, USA