Wes Blakeslee holds an Engineering Degree (with Honors) from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Law Degree (Order of the Coif – With Honor), from the University of Maryland School of Law and is a Certified Licensing Professional. In 2013 he was named Engineering Alumnus of the Year from the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, the highest honor bestowed by the Penn State Engineering School.
Wes spent more than 15 years at The Johns Hopkins University. He started at JHU as an Associate General Counsel, where he practiced intellectual property and complex business law. Also at JHU he taught "Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights" and "Law, Intellectual property and the Information Age". He was the lead University attorney in negotiations acquiring a university and health system wide enterprise management software system. His expertise includes copyright fair use, complex sponsored research and collaboration agreements, material transfer agreements, intellectual property agreements including licensing of university intellectual property, acquisition of complex systems, export controls, university policies, corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions. In 2006, Wes was requested to become Executive Director of Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer, where he led a formerly struggling office to seven consecutive years of growth, turning the office into one of the strongest in the US.
He began his professional career as an engineer and systems analyst with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where, among other things, he designed and wrote real time operating systems for spacecraft testing and post-launch control, and managed a programming group. After graduating Law School, he entered private law practice with a major Baltimore law firm. He later became a partner in a small regional firm, but in 1983, formed his own law practice. Wes also served for many years as a Director of a National bank.
From 1983 to 1989, while in private practice, Wes also served as Director of Computer Development at the University of Maryland Law School, where he also taught Computer Law.
Wes is frequently a featured speaker at international, national, state and local conferences, and on behalf of bar associations and numerous conference organizations. Wes has been cited as a national authority on intellectual property issues in the Chronicle of Higher Education, and other publications. He often serves as a consultant to businesses and universities on matters of intellectual property, business formation and translation of technology to the marketplace
Wesley D. Blakeslee, BS, JD, CLP
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