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Chief Counsel
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Henry Wixon became Chief Counsel for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce in March of 2009.  The Office of the Chief Counsel for NIST advises the agency in programmatic matters including Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Interagency Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, Nondisclosure Agreements and patenting.  In addition, Mr. Wixon’s office has significant responsibility for Department of Commerce regulations implementing the Bayh-Dole and Stevenson-Wydler Acts, and for appeals under Executive Order 10096 of Employee Rights Determinations from all Federal agencies.

Prior to joining NIST, Mr. Wixon was a partner with the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Washington, DC.  In over twenty years in private practice as a registered patent attorney and intellectual property specialist, Mr. Wixon developed and implemented worldwide patent acquisition, defense and enforcement strategies for domestic and international clients.  In addition to extensive patent litigation, he conducted intellectual property due diligence for M&A, IPO, and VC and Angel funding, and counseled industry and academic clients in all aspects of technology transfer.

Mr. Wixon was awarded his J.D. degree from George Washington University, where he was a member of The George Washington Law Review.  He holds a B.S. degree in zoology with a minor in chemistry and a M.S. degree in neuropharmacology from the University of Maryland, College Park.

A Certified Licensing Professional, Mr. Wixon is a past Chair of the Maryland Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society, USA and Canada (LES).  He has been a member of the LES Professional Development Series (PDS) Faculty for many years, teaching fundamental, intermediate and advanced PDS courses.  He is active in the Federal Laboratory Consortium, and a frequent participant in NCET2 programs as a panelist and moderator.

updated: 4/15/2014

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