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Release: July 29, 1999

UI Research Foundation appoints Happe as licensing associate

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Daniel Happe has been named to the staff of the University of Iowa Research Foundation (UIRF) as a licensing associate who will help faculty and staff pursue patents for their work.

Happe will work with current UIRF staff to gather and evaluate invention disclosures from university researchers, and then work with outside counsel to coordinate the filing of patent applications on selected inventions. Additionally, he will negotiate agreements with corporate partners interested in making commercial use of UI inventions.

Happe's appointment was effective July 6.

"I am very excited to join the UIRF, and I am eager to tackle the challenges associated with a growing technology transfer office. I am also very pleased to have the opportunity to work with inventors and assist in the successful transfer of university technologies to those who need them most," said Happe.

"We are delighted to have Dan as a new colleague. His professional background in both science and law will allow him to make an immediate and important contribution to our efforts to manage intellectual property created at the university," said BruceWheaton, UIRF executive director.

Before joining the UIRF, Happe was a law clerk for Minneapolis attorney Michael Daugherty, working in business and contract law. Happe, a native of Sioux City, received his law degree from the William Mitchell College of Law and was admitted to the Minnesota Bar in 1999. He has a bachelor's degree in chemistry/marketing from the University of Northern Iowa.

His juris doctor thesis focused on software licensing and copyright policy. He also studied technology transfer, licensing and acquisition agreements and other intellectual property issues at the Franklin Piece Law Center in Concord, N.H.

The UIRF is a nonprofit corporation established in 1975 to manage intellectual property arising from UI research. The UIRF has experienced significant growth in the past five years, receiving 90 invention disclosures and filing 70 patent applications in fiscal year 1998.