Winds of Change LES 2023 Annual Meeting

Steven Wood

Patent Attorney
Vela Wood

Steven Wood is a U.S. space lawyer and patent attorney with expertise in technology commercialization, intellectual property (IP), and Bayh-Dole compliance for SBIR/STTR and other recipients of federal funds. Steven currently serves as a Founding Board Member with the Association of Commercial Space Professionals, Senior of Counsel at Vela Wood PC, Adjunct Professor of Law at Albany Law School, and Senior Director of Technology Applications Development at SUNY Polytechnic Institute with the Air Force Research Labs funded NeuroPipes neuromorphic computing research group. With his career built primarily in technology transactions, startups, and entrepreneurship, Steven previously served as a Patent Examiner with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and in various tech transfer roles with Brookhaven National Lab, Leiden University Research and Innovation Services, and The Research Foundation for The State University of New York, where he built an in-house patent practice. He has also advised, worked at, and co-founded various startups, including stints with XCOR Aerospace at the Mojave Air & Space Port and with trakkies. Research, BV at the European Space Agency Business Incubation Center in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. Steven graduated from the Advanced Master of Laws (LL.M.) program in Air and Space Law at Leiden University in The Netherlands, and previously from a dual degree program at Syracuse University College of Law (J.D.) and L.C. Smith College of Engineering and Computer Science (M.S. Electrical Engineering). For his undergraduate, Steven obtained his B.A. in Geology from Hamilton College, where he studied Antarctic paleoclimatology and solar system planetary geology.