Speakers > Kirsten Leute

Kirsten Leute
Associate Director,
Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University

Topic: "Student Intellectual Property Issues: Policies and Practices."


Students are the minds of the future and generate some of their initial innovations while at university. This lecture will explore what happens with those innovations. Policies on student intellectual property vary from university to university, as do students' concerns on policies. Licensing practices may depend on policy, potential co-ownership, student interest and other factors. We will review case studies to illustrate how these policies and practices can work.

Short Bio

Kirsten Leute is Associate Director at Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing (OTL). At OTL, she handles a diverse caseload of biotechnology and high technology inventions and also has experience with software, trademark and copyright licensing. Kirsten started at OTL in 1996, but spent the 2004 calendar year as a technology manager at the Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (German Cancer Research Center) in Heidelberg, Germany. Kirsten is Vice President for Membership, Western Hemisphere, for the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) and was Vice President for Communications of AUTM in 2007-2008. Kirsten was previously an editor of the AUTM Journal and the AUTM Newsletter. In 2012, she was Co-Chair of membership for Women in Bio, San Francisco Bay Area and is a past board member of WiLBA (Women in Licensing Bay Area). An active speaker, Kirsten has presented to audiences at BIO, LES, WIPO, ProTon, AUTM and other meetings around the world. She published articles on technology transfer in the Journal of Commercial Biotechnology, Community Genetics, and Medical Innovation and Business and co-wrote a chapter on bringing university technology to the private sector in The Creative Enterprise. Kirsten’s education includes a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Wellesley College and a Masters in Business Administration from Santa Clara University concentrating in international business and management of technology and innovation. Kirsten is a registered U.S. Patent Agent (No. 55,375).