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Sean Patten, CLP

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Montana State University
Senior Technology Manager, Leader for Software Licensing

Sean Patten, Senior Technology Manager and Leader for Software Licensing, has served as TechLink’s specialist in software and information technology for twelve years. In this position, he has worked closely with DoD lab personnel to develop creative new ways to transfer software to industry. In addition to software, Sean’s licensing specialties include electronics, and photonics and sensors. He has brokered over 85 license agreements and recently helped to pioneer an online licensing effort for the Air Force.

Sean was a key member of the development team for the Innovation Discovery Process implemented at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane Division, and continues to serve as an experienced and dynamic panelist at Innovation Discovery events held at Navy Crane and other DoD labs. These events generate significant invention disclosures for DoD labs and provide valuable insight into commercialization and potential market applications of lab technologies. The Navy Crane Innovation Discovery Process was used as a model for a Navy-wide Innovation Discovery event process.

Sean supports a variety of startup efforts, most recently the highly successful Air Force Commercialization Academy. In addition, he provides IP and technology transfer training and development for DoD laboratory scientists, engineers, and technology transfer professionals.

Prior to joining TechLink, Sean had more than 10 years of industry experience which included nationwide marketing, sales, and installation of high-value air pollution control equipment, and marketing and sales of fiber-optic test and measurement devices for the telecommunications industry. Sean has a BS degree in electrical engineering from Montana State University. He is a member of the international Licensing Executive Society (LES) and is a Certified Licensing Professional.