Larry Gilbert

Lawrence Gilbert is the Senior Director of Technology Transfer of Caltech, the California Institute of Technology. The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) provides a service to Caltech faculty members, other Caltech researchers, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) technologists by protecting the intellectual property developed in their Caltech and JPL labs. The OTT fosters the commercial development of Caltech technologies in companies ranging from local start-ups to large, multinational firms. Gilbert has been responsible for the formation of more than 60 start-ups based upon or associated with university research. Several have gone public or have been acquired, and many have products in the marketplace. He acts primarily as a catalyst in putting the deal together, linking faculty, technology, and venture capital.

Gilbert was formerly the Director of Patent Licensing for Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior experience includes Patent Consultant to various universities, including Boston University, Brandeis, Tufts, and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and as the Director of Patent and Technology Administration of Boston University. Gilbert is a member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES) and a former Chairman of its Committee on Technology Transfer, and is a Founder of the former Society of University Patent Administrators, now known as the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM). He is a member of the Executive Committee of the MIT/Caltech Enterprise Forum and formerly a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern California Biomedical Council and a former member of the Advisory Committee of the Business Technology Center, a high-tech incubator sponsored by the Los Angeles County Community Development Commission.

Gilbert received his B.A. from Brandeis University; an M.I.M. degree from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird); and a J.D. from Suffolk University; he is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Gilbert has been a frequent lecturer on patent and licensing matters and has written several articles in the field.

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