Licensing Executive Named Distinguished Fellow by International Organization

Released: 5-Jun-2014 11:00 AM EDT
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Newswise — LIVERMORE, Calif. — Craig Smith, a licensing and business development specialist at Sandia National Laboratories, has been selected as a distinguished fellow by the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) and its Chemicals, Energy, Environment and Materials (CEEM) sector.

The society is the world’s largest association for the licensing and intellectual property industry. Official announcement of this year’s inaugural CEEM distinguished fellows was made at the society’s 2014 Global Conference in Moscow.

“Being selected as a CEEM distinguished fellow is a great honor, and this recognition truly means so much to me,” said Smith. “I am humbled to be in the company of other great intellectual property mentors and leaders. My selection is also a clear indication that licensing and commercialization efforts at the national-lab level are beginning to receive the industry standard recognition they deserve.”

Smith develops key commercialization strategies for Sandia’s California site, specializing in energy research, cybersecurity and information technologies. He leads business development and licensing for commercial and open source software at Sandia and has led software development programs for the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors and Department of Homeland Security Cyber Division Transition-to-Practice initiative.

The first LESI Fellows Program launched by the CEEM sector recognizes the professional contributions made by senior members who have volunteered their time throughout the years in support of the intellectual property profession.

In addition to Smith, other 2014 honorees include Katherine Ku, director of the Office of Technology Licensing at Stanford University, and Tatiana Moore, lead intellectual property strategist in Microsoft’s Business Solutions division. The full list of 2014 LESI CEEM distinguished fellows can be found here.

Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corp., for the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. With main facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and Livermore, Calif., Sandia has major R&D responsibilities in national security, energy and environmental technologies and economic competitiveness.

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