Robert E. McCarthy is a patent attorney in the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. He has oversight for the University’s IP portfolio including management of internal staff and outside patent counsel engaged in preparing and prosecuting university patent applications before the US Patent & Trademark Office and international territories. Dr. McCarthy is involved in the entire process of patent procurement from initial invention disclosure meetings with university inventors up to and including supporting licensing efforts to commercialize the patented technologies.
Dr. McCarthy earned his B.S. degree in Biology, magna cum laude from Loyola University in Chicago and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He completed an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowship in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Washington University Medical Center, St. Louis. He worked for several years as an industry scientist for a Fortune 500 chemical company in Naperville, IL. He is an inventor on six U.S. patents. He earned his law degree from Chicago Kent College of Law in 1997. Prior to joining UMB, he held positions in the federal government and private law firms. During his legal career, he has successfully prosecuted a large and diverse number of complex patent applications in the biomedical arena. He has drafted a wide variety of technology transfer agreements including patent licensing agreements and cooperative research and development agreements.
He is a member of the VA state bar, Supreme Court of VA, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He holds membership in several professional societies including ABA, LES, AIPLA, and the VA Bar.