In this position Chasser will oversee all
activities of UC's Intellectual Property Office, which is responsible
for patenting, licensing and technology transfer of discoveries made by
"We're excited to have Anne Chasser join
our university community," says Jane E. Henney, MD, senior vice
president and provost for health affairs. "With her vast experience in
the intellectual property field, and the energy and ideas that she
brings, she will be a driving force in improving research excellence at
Chasser, whose office will be on UC's
Academic Health Center campus, reports to Sandra Degen, PhD, acting
vice president for research.
Chasser's appointment, says Dr. Degen,
illustrates the university's commitment to UC|21, its plan for academic
development in the 21st century. Growth of research excellence is one
of UC|21's six overall goals. The others are to place students at the
center, achieve academic excellence, forge key relationships and
partnerships, establish a sense of "place" and create opportunity.
Through UC|21, Chasser says, UC is
redefining the concept of the urban research university, and her
department has a key role in this strategy.
Intellectual property, in terms of
knowledge, ideas, discovery and invention, she says, is now the number
one "capital resource" in postindustrial America, and research-oriented
universities like UC have become leading economic drivers in their
local and regional economies.
"I sense the energy in UC|21 and an
enthusiasm for collaboration across all departments, on both the East
and West campuses," she says. "But what really excites me, is the
opportunity we have to lead."
An Ohio native who served two different
administrations in Washington, D.C., "I always intended to come back to
be close to my family," Chasser says. "When I looked at all the
universities in Ohio, I found that all eyes are on Cincinnati. This is
where things are happening."
While in Washington, Chasser oversaw an
annual budget of $67 million and a staff of 750 attorneys and technical
Prior to joining the U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office in 1999, she was director of Trademark and Licensing
Services at Ohio State University. Described by Managing Intellectual
Property magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in the
intellectual property world, Chasser has also served as president of
the 135-nation International Trademark Association.