Rick Brandon is an Associate General Counsel at the University of Michigan, where his work focuses on licensing, patents, and research legal issues, including negotiating agreements on behalf of U-M relating to intellectual property and research, transactions related to U-M’s receipt of equity as part of licensing, addressing and litigating IP and research disputes, counseling and managing patent prosecution, and policy and administrative projects relating to tech transfer. Rick has led U-M Office of Tech Transfer on an interim basis, and has held other interim business roles. Prior to joining U-M, Rick was a partner in a Chicago patent law firm, where he practiced from 1991 through 2000.
Rick has been a frequent speaker on IP and related transaction issues at U-M, with the local tech community, and internationally. Rick has had a role in lobbying and educating on U.S. patent legislation reform, including serving as the Co-Chair of a committee for a joint effort among six major university organizations led by the Association of American Universities. This work included testifying before the full United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee regarding patent law reform in 2012 and testifying before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Intellectual Property.