Homer Blair Speech Collection
We are proud to offer the speeches of Professor Homer Blair that provide a unique glimpse of issues in the licensing field for the three decade period from the 1970s to the 1990s. For a look at his full biography and his unique patent model collection donated to the UNH School of Law IP Library visit here Professor Homer Blair, died on December 15, 2009 in San Angelo, Texas, having built a unique career with 35 years experience in the patent, trademark, licensing and technology transfer fields. He was born in Tacoma, Washington, grew up in Tacoma and Seattle and graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma. He was an Eagle Scout and is a 100% disabled Army Infantry veteran of World War II, where he received the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge. Professor Blair had degrees in Chemistry, Physics and Law from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire. After working in the patent departments of Westinghouse Electric, Boeing, Kaiser Aluminum and Celanese Corporation, he was Vice President, Patents and Licensing, for Itek Corporation, Lexington, Mass. for 19 years. After Itek was acquired by Litton Industries, Professor Blair was David Rines Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Industrial Innovation for five years at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire. While at Franklin Pierce, he was also Director, Kenneth J. Germeshausen Center for the Law of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. At Franklin Pierce he, together with Professor William Hennessey, established the unique Master of Intellectual Property Degree program, which educates people, especially those from developing countries, in United States law and practice in patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing and technology transfer. While at Franklin Pierce, he created courses in Licensing Intellectual Property (Technology Transfer), Advanced Licensing and Preventive Intellectual Property Lawyering. He also created the Patent Systems Major Problems Conference, a unique biennial discussion conference of judges, corporate patent attorneys, private firm patent attorneys and intellectual property faculty members. Professor Blair received a Award of Citation from the Franklin Pierce Law Center Class of 1989. He had been on six U.S. delegations to the United Nations in Geneva and New York and had been a consultant to the UN. He was also a member of the 1971 US/USSR Exchange on Patent Management and Patent Licensing, which made contacts leading to the negotiation of the period of "Detente" between the United States and the USSR. Professor Blair had been a member of President Carter's Department of Commerce Advisory Committee on Industrial Innovation, the US State Department Advisory Committee on International Intellectual Property, and the US Department of Commerce Advisory Committee for Trademark Policy. He also played a significant role in the legislation that created the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He had been President of the Licensing Executives Society USA/Canada (LES USA/Canada), was the first recipient of that organization's Award of Highest Honor, was one of the founders of Licensing Executives Society International and had been President of the International Trademark Association (INTA). Professor Blair is the only person to have been President of both LES USA/Canada and INTA. Professor Blair had been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Association and had also been a member, and Chairman, of various committees in the American Bar Association, the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel and the Boston Patent Law Association, from whom he received an award "in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of intellectual property law". He had been admitted to the practice of law in Washington State, Massachusetts, the US Supreme Court, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the US Patent and Trademark Office.
United Nations and Developing Nations (Cont'd)
Innovation, Law/Science and Policy
The Homer Blair Collection (PDFs)
Licensing Executives Society
United States Trademark Association
United Nations and Developing Nations