Birmingham-based Southern Research has announced that Thomas Blasey has been named director of intellectual property. Blasey will lead Southern Research’s IP functions, including the identification, evaluation and protection of intellectual property, as well as the transfer of technology through the commercialization process.
Blasey earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering at Rice University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Texas at Austin.
He has an extensive background in the strategic management of intellectual property, including the design, management and leveraging of IP portfolios consisting of a wide variety of technologies. From 2001 to 2015, he served as chief intellectual property counsel for ITT Defense, ITT Corporation and ITT’s aerospace, defense and information solutions spinoff, Exelis Inc.
“Tom brings with him vast experience in intellectual property management from both the business and legal perspectives,” said Allison Taylor, vice president and general counsel, Southern Research. “He will play a strategic role in the development of appropriate technology transfer paths, maximizing the value of Southern Research’s intellectual property assets, and bringing together Southern Research scientists/engineers with external partners.”
Blasey is active in a number of professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Licensing Executives Society, Association of Corporate Counsel, and Federal Circuit Bar Association, of which he is currently co-chair of its Corporate Counsel Committee. Additionally, he is past chair of the Aerospace Industries Association’s Intellectual Property Committee, which, among other endeavors, monitors developments in data rights regulations and other intellectual property issues relevant to the aerospace and defense industry.