IP Law Clinic Director Helps Secure NIH Grant to Expand Career Options for Rutgers Biomedical PhDs

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Law School Professor John Kettle is program ambassador for training doctoral students and postdoc scientists in intellectual property (IP) management.

With fewer academic positions available for biomedical science Ph.D. candidates, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 2012 recommended that graduate education in the discipline be broadened to include greater exposure to and preparation for other career options. 

On the strength of its proposal to develop the Interdisciplinary Job Opportunities for Biomedical Scientists (iJOBS) program, Rutgers University has received a $2 million grant from NIH to support formal training of graduate students and postdoctoral scientists in one of five professional tracks, including intellectual property (IP) management. 
The expertise and promised involvement of Clinical Professor John R. Kettle III, Director of the Intellectual Property Law Clinic at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, was an important part of the University’s grant application. Professor Kettle will serve as a program ambassador in the area of IP management. His responsibilities will include membership on the iJOBS advisory board, advice regarding appropriate legal coursework to prepare students for jobs in industry requiring an understanding of patent protection and IP licensing for research results, and assistance with identifying partner organizations and companies to participate in workshops, experiential training, and mentoring activities.
Professor Kettle, in addition to heading the IP Law Clinic, teaches courses in Copyright & Trademark, Advanced Intellectual Property, Entertainment Law, and Contracts. He previously taught at Seton Hall Law School, was associated with the Prudential Insurance Company of America, and was counsel to Stryker, Tams & Dill LLP. A graduate of Rutgers School of Law–Newark, he is a former chair of the New York State Bar Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section and former chair of the New Jersey State Bar Entertainment & Arts Law Committee.