Stanford University Office of Technology Licensing


Accepting on Stanford’s behalf are Katharine Ku, Executive Director, and Luis Mejia, Associate Director

For more than 40 years, OTL’s goal has been to successfully transfer Stanford cutting edge technology to industry via both start-ups and existing companies. Notable Stanford licenses include the exclusive license to Google and the 440 nonexclusive licenses to the basic gene-splicing patents. To date, OTL has received over 8,900 inventions that resulted in 3000 licenses and $1.4B in royalty revenue. OTL is one of the country’s most active offices in the field of technology transfer from university to industry. Their staff, most of whom are professionals engaged directly in licensing, manages over 3,000 active dockets. OTL’s licensing professionals evaluate technologies that are disclosed to OTL and then develop a licensing strategy for the particular technology. Each associate is responsible for a portfolio of dockets from “cradle to grave.” The associates each have an area of technical expertise in life sciences, physical sciences or both.

Luis Mejia

Luis Mejia, an engineer by education and training, has been a Silicon Valley doer for over 30 years and has used that experience to continue to spur the region’s innovation engine. As a Senior Associate in Stanford’s Office of Technology Licensing, he manages a portfolio of over 300 technologies ranging from biotech to cleantech, including Stanford’s two biggest patented cases.  In his 25 years at Stanford, he has negotiated over 250 licenses, and shepherded over 700 inventions, including the PageRank Algorithm which was the disruptive technology that led to the creation of Google. Mr. Mejia has been a founder and advisor to several Silicon Valley start-ups and is currently scaling up his newest disruptive creation called Stanford Innovation Farm Teams.

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