Clay joins OTM as licensing associate

Jeremy Clay

A Mississippi State alumnus is returning to the land-grant institution where he will work with faculty and staff to move inventions, new products and processes developed at the university into the marketplace.

Jeremy Clay is the newest licensing associate in MSU’s Office of Technology Management, which is the campus unit charged with efficiently capturing, protecting, managing and accelerating the commercialization of university-owned and -generated intellectual property.

“We are pleased to have Jeremy join us,” OTM Director Kristin McCandless said.

A graduate of the Mississippi College School of Law and member of the Mississippi Bar, Clay has extensive experience in patent law and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and all federal and state courts of Mississippi. Additionally, he has owned a small business and worked for the Army Corps of Engineers, among other career highlights.

Clay graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi State in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife science. As a student, he was president of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, a member of Xi Sigma Pi Natural Resources Honor Society, and served as secretary of the College of Forest Resources Student Council.

“I am excited about being back on campus, and working with Mississippi State’s world-class researchers,” he said.

As the state’s flagship research university, MSU is a recognized leader in a number of fields, and well known for productive partnerships, real-world impact, and offering undergraduate and graduate students unique research opportunities. In FY 2013, MSU’s research and development expenditures totaled $206 million -- representing nearly half of all R&D by higher education in the state, according to National Science Foundation data.

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