Economic development staff

Dr. Laura Collins, Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for Outreach and Economic Development; Director of IP Development (Registered Patent Agent)

Dr. Laura Collins is responsible for N.C. A&T’s intellectual property portfolio and technology transfer operations.  She also is responsible for negotiating research relationships and contracts with commercial and federal agency partners.  He represents the university in local, regional and state-wide economic development activities and on the boards of economic development organizations. 

Laura also serves as the licensed patent agent for N.C. A&T and as the intellectual property liaison between the Vice Chancellor for DORED and agencies, businesses and law firms hired for patent prosecution and licensing.  She is responsible for reviewing all requests for patent licensing with regard to protection of the university’s intellectual property. She evaluates submissions of preliminary ideas and invention disclosures to determine the feasibility of filing for patents on behalf of principal investigators and the university.  She also works with faculty to evaluate the innovative merit of proposed research programs.

Before joining the Office of Outreach and Economic Development in 2010, Laura spent 10 years with intellectual property law firms.  She was involved in patent prosecution of foreign and domestic patent applications, and supported litigation of patent infringement and trade secret theft. She also contributed to inventorship investigations and analyses of freedom to operate and prior art landscaping. 

Laura earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill.  She received undergraduate degrees in chemistry, with honors, and history from Bryn Mawr College.  She is admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.