Clean Energy Technology Licensing Panel Discussion

IPconnectEd and BU Energy Club Present: Clean Energy Technology Licensing Panel Discussion

When: Tuesday, November 10th, 4pm
Where: PHO 205
What: Are you an aspiring energy entrepreneur or researcher?  Discover how to protect your ideas.  Find out the advantages and disadvantages of licensing technology from universities.  Learn what VC’s look for in terms of intellectual property protection when deciding whether to invest in a company.


 Chris Noble, MIT Technology Licensing Officer
Clean and renewable energy, MIT Energy Initiative

Christopher Noble is MIT’s Technology Licensing Officer for energy technology. He previously worked for twenty years in operations, corporate strategy, marketing and general management in energy and technology companies ranging from the Fortune 500 (Schlumberger, Analog Devices) to startups (Philsar). Chris has raised and negotiated financing and served on the Board of several private companies.

Steve Kropper, BU Alumn
CEO & Founder, WindPole Ventures

Steve is a serial entrepreneur focused on energy information services driven by large databases. He is a founding Fellow at the New England Clean Energy Fellowship Program. Steve started his career in the energy business, initially with Boston City Hospital and subsequently in his own commercial energy consultation business.

Jon Karlen, Venture Capitalist
Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners

Jon is a General Partner at Flybridge Capital Partners whose investment interests and experience include enterprise software, consumer-focused products and online services, and energy technology.   He currently represents the firm on the boards of Eka Systems, GamerDNA, Virtual Computer, Inc., and a LED company currently working in stealth mode.

Joe Teja, Patent Attorney
Shareholder, Wolf Greenfield

Joe Teja has significant experience in counseling clients with substantial and complex portfolios in connection with IP protection strategies. Joe represents clients in a variety of technical areas, including energy-efficient lighting technologies, efficient power generation from organic fuel cells, high speed optical memory, precision nanoscale light sources, and semiconductor device fabricataion.  He also has significant experience working with academic institutions to protect their IP assets.

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