Tara Kopplin, Licensing Associate
Tara Kopplin is a Licensing Associate responsible for the commercialization of engineering and physical science-related technologies. She meets with inventors to discuss and review intellectual property disclosures, manages prosecution of patent applications, and works to license existing technologies. She also reviews and drafts legal agreements, including material transfer agreements and licensing agreements.
An active member of the Association of University Technology Managers and the Licensing Executive Society, Kopplin frequently attends meetings and educational courses to sharpen her skills in technology management and licensing technology.
Prior to working at UND, Kopplin received her BS in Chemical Engineering and her MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of North Dakota. She interned at Cargill Corn Milling as a process engineer.
Jason Jenkins, Assistant General Counsel and Patent Attorney
Jason R. Jenkins is an Assistant General Counsel and the University's patent and intellectual property attorney. He is housed in the Office of General Counsel but works very closely with the Vice President for Research & Economic Development and the office of Corporate Engagement & Commercialization. Jenkins also advises the University on contracts, agreements and policies as well as general legal issues.
Jenkins came to the University having spent several years in private practice, developing an extensive litigation background before focusing on intellectual property including patents, trademarks and copyrights. A registered patent attorney, Jenkins has represented clients of all shapes and sizes before the US Patent and Trademark Office, in litigation in state and federal courts, and in arbitration and mediation. Jenkins has advised individuals and businesses alike across many different industries and in all aspects of intellectual property protection, transactions, and enforcement strategies.
Jenkins received his BS in Biotechnology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and spent five years before and during law school working as a forensic DNA analyst in state and local crime laboratories. Jenkins received his Juris Doctor from the University of Tulsa School of Law, where he was a member of the TULSA LAW JOURNAL.
Jenkins is admitted to practice in North Dakota, Iowa and Oklahoma, and is registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.
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