Director, Maine Patent Program
B.S.M.T., University of New Mexico
J.D., University of New Mexico School of Law
Mr. Agneta teaches practical aspects of intellectual property and technology transfer law to students within the Center for Law and Innovation. He contributes to the many public functions of the Center in his capacity as director of the Maine Patent Program.
Prior to moving to Maine, Mr. Agneta and his family resided in Omaha, Nebraska where he coordinated the technology transfer activities of the University of Nebraska Medical Center. As director of the UNMC Intellectual Property Office, Mr. Agneta supported the expansion of UNMC's patent portfolio as he transformed its technology licensing. He established much of the Medical Center's intellectual property framework and chaired several interdisciplinary committees responsible for administering technology transfer. Mr. Agneta's previous work with law students included an uncommon legal intern program he established with Creighton University School of Law which has helped place numerous highly trained patent and technology transfer attorneys. In addition to facilitating the commercialization of UNMC's intellectual property, Mr. Agneta advanced university policy and performed as legal counsel to the University of Nebraska in the areas of intellectual property, technology transfer, contract administration, and university law.
Mr. Agneta was raised in Mahopac, N.Y. and lived for many years in the arid Southwest. He began his professional careers as a clinical laboratory scientist and patent attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received his law degree in 1998 from the University of New Mexico School of Law and his B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of New Mexico College of Medicine. He is a member of the National Association of University Attorneys, the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Association of University Technology Managers.