has been a faculty member in the College of Business at Iowa State University since 1980, where he has also served as Department Chair,
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, and Interim Raisbeck Endowed
Dean. He currently serves as Vice President for Economic Development
and Business Engagement at Iowa State University.
Universities are dependent upon the U.S. patent system and the capacity of that system to protect the legitimate intellectual property rights of individual university inventors and large companies alike. This system drives U.S. innovation and our economic competitiveness in the world. Patents provide universities with the means to ensure that many discoveries resulting from research are transferred to the private sector where those discoveries can be turned into innovative products and processes that power our economy, create jobs, and improve quality of life.