OMAHA, Neb. (May 11, 2009)—UNeMed, the technology transfer arm for UNMC, welcomes licensing specialist Jason Nickla, JD, LL.M, to its staff. Nickla will focus on new technologies developed at UNMC.
“We are very pleased to have Jason join our team. His extensive knowledge of technology transfer and patent law will be a tremendous asset to UNeMed and UNMC”, said Michael Dixon, VP and Chief Operating Officer of UNeMed.
Nickla, a registered patent attorney, will work with faculty to receive, evaluate, protect, market and license their new discoveries. In addition, Nickla’s focus will be to increase the visibility of UNeMed by, Nickla, a registered patent attorney, will work with faculty to receive, evaluate, protect, market and license new inventions. In addition, Nickla will be a resource for entrepreneurial faculty who are interested in forming a new company for commercialization of their research activities.
Dixon adds, “Jason will play a key role in our office as a liaison with both UNMC faculty and industry to help oversee the transition of research discoveries into commercial products”.
Nickla will be the faculty members’ primary contact for the College of Nursing, College of Dentistry, School of Allied Health and the following departments in the College of Medicine: Cardiology, Pulmonary & Critical Care, Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery & Rehab, Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Anesthesiology, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Pediatrics, and Continuing Education. In addition, Jason will assist our Lincoln campus with their inventions.
UNeMed receives 60 to 70 New Invention Notifications (NINs) annually and licenses many of these inventions to companies worldwide for commercial development. In addition to commercializing new technologies, UNeMed offers assistance to entrepreneurial faculty interested in starting new companies.
Nickla earned his J.D. and his B.S. in Biology from Creighton University and his LL.M. in International Intellectual Property Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has over six years of experience in technology transfer, patent prosecution, patentability searches and patent litigation matters.
Originally from Nebraska, Nickla earned his J.D., a B.S. in Biology from Creighton University and his LL.M. in International Intellectual Property Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, IL. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and in the state of Illinois.
While in Chicago, Nickla worked for Beem Patent Law Firm, drafting patent applications and advising clients on patentability, licensing, and patent litigation matters. Nickla later joined Cardinal Intellectual Property, an Illinois patent search start-up company, to help develop their services for conducting patentability, invalidity, and freedom-to-operate searches for corporate and law firm clients. In addition, he conducted searches and drafted patentability opinions on behalf of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Nickla is an active member of many organizations including American Bar Association (ABA), American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI).
Nickla lives in Omaha with his wife Mindy. They welcomed their first child on June 8 2009. Jason Nickla can be reached at 559-8983 or firstname.lastname@example.org