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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 11, 2003

Joe Named Licensing Associate At UIRF

Won Joe has been named to the staff of the University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF) as a licensing associate who will help manage intellectual property created by UI faculty and staff.

Joe will work with current UIRF staff to gather and evaluate invention disclosures from university researchers, and then work with off-campus attorneys to coordinate the filing of patent applications on selected inventions. Additionally, he will negotiate agreements with corporate partners interested in making commercial use of UI inventions, and follow up and monitor the performance of the license of intellectual property.

"We're delighted that we've been able to attract somebody with Won's background and experience to the staff of the UI Research Foundation," said Bruce Wheaton, UIRF executive director. "Because of the productivity of UI researchers, demands on our office have been growing and we're grateful than Won can pitch in right away on some of the important intellectual property management tasks."

Joe's appointment was effective August 2003.

Before joining the UIRF, Joe was on staff in the Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development and managed intellectual property generated by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (operated for the U. S. Department of Energy by UT-Battelle LLC., a non-profit corporation comprising of the University of Tennessee and Battelle Memorial Institute). He also was a program manager for various engineering projects at Lockheed Martin Energy Systems in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and was in the industrial engineering department at Olin Corp. Joe has a bachelor of science and master of science in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

The UIRF is a nonprofit corporation established in 1975 to manage intellectual property arising from UI research. In fiscal year 2002, the University of Iowa received about $341 million in research funding, and the UIRF received 88 invention disclosures, filed 77 U.S. patent applications, and executed 37 license and option agreements.

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