New Staff Member: Matt Upton

The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) is excited to announce the addition of Matthew Upton as our new senior associate director of the Intellectual Property Development Team. Matt brings extensive experience and knowledge as a licensed patent attorney and is focused on working with University of Kentucky (UK) innovators to identify, analyze, and protect innovations developed at UK.

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Matt Upton

2018 Annual Report

2018 OTC Annual Report (click to open in Issuu)

The 2018 Annual Report shows how the OTC has been "Fostering Growth in Innovation" over the past year.

We want to thank the University of Kentucky research community for proving us right: there is an amazing amount of innovation going on at UK! 

This year was a period of growth for our office and UK commercialization capabilities. It was our first full year with a Commercialization & Licensing team, rolling out new marketing materials, licensing strategies and technology partnership initiatives. This growth led to 29 licenses and options executed in FY18, a 123% increase from last year and the most ever in a year for the University.

Read it now on Issuu  

 

By The Numbers

101 inventions

disclosed in FY 2018

$2.35 million

in gross royalty income in FY 2018

23 patents

issued to UK in FY 2018

$5 million

in income distributed to inventors since 2010

126 licenses & options

active as of June 30, 2018

$14.62 million

income distributed to colleges & departments since 2010

NEW STAFF MEMBER

Meet Matt Upton: Our New OTC Senior Associate Director, Intellectual Property Development 

The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) is excited to announce the addition of Matthew Upton as our new senior associate director of the Intellectual Property Development Team. Matt brings extensive experience and knowledge as a licensed patent attorney and is focused on working with the University of Kentucky (UK) innovators to identify, analyze, and protect innovations developed at UK.

Matt began his career as a patent attorney at Standley Law Group LLP in Dublin, Ohio, later becoming a partner at Barney DeBrosse, LLC in Columbus, Ohio.  Matt focused his practice on patent preparation and prosecution, patent strategy and litigation and innovation commercialization. Following private practice, Matt moved in-house with Wacker Chemical Corporation based in Adrian, Michigan as patent counsel for the North American region. He has a degree in chemistry from West Virginia University and a Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School.  

Matt is excited to join the university, and to play a role in the protection and commercialization of the intellectual property (IP) being developed at UK. He believes there is something noble about the dissemination of knowledge, and universities are at the forefront of bold, new discoveries. He is delighted to be a part of UK OTC team and to assist in transforming UK’s fundamental research into real-world applications and products.

“I am very excited to be a part of the UK family and cannot wait to familiarize myself with the technological advancements being developed here,” said Matt.

When he isn’t working to advance innovation that makes a difference, he has an extensive collection of board games he loves to play. He doesn’t have one favorite game because he chooses based on his mood and his companions.

The next time you are in the ASTeCC building make sure to stop by and meet Matt.