Len Katzman

Len teamed up with Howard in 2011 to create Sigma Surfacing.

Len is Brown University’s Associate Director of Licensing and Business Development in Brown’s Technology Ventures Office. He is also a guest lecturer in Brown’s Program in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship.

Len is an expert at helping companies understand the value of licensing opportunities so that those companies can independently decide whether licensing is best for them or not, with the clear understanding that the patent licensor only does well if the licensing company also does well. So, any contract we enter into has to be designed so that our partners do very well.

From Brown’s web site

Len joined TVO in 2007. He manages technology licensing including marketing of inventions, negotiating license agreements and monitoring of existing licenses and relationships.

Prior to joining Brown, Len was a business attorney concentrating on intellectual property law, technology transactions, business contract negotiations, corporate governance and general business counsel. He earned a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Rhode Island in 1985. In 2000, Len received his J.D., cum laude, from Rogers Williams University School of Law.

The following examples, including links to the companies’ websites illustrate Len’s high level of professionalism and experience. The first example is one of many collaborations Len has developed with Brown’s research labs, this one involving novel antibacterial agents:


Warwick, R.I. ( February 6 , 201 3 ) – PharmLogic announced today that it has entered into a license agreement with Brown University to fund the research of Chemistry Professor Jason Sello in certain areas. PharmLogic supports innovation and entrepreneurship in healthcare. It manages a diverse intellectual property portfolio on behalf of equity investors that include institutions, foundations, family offices and individuals.

And, in the realm of mechanisms:

FlexiVap Lab Evaporator

The FlexiVap™ Work Station is a new line of analytical nitrogen/air evaporators developed by Yongson Huang of Brown University and licensed/manufactured by Glas-Col, LLC.

Most recently, Len has provided innovation commercialization support for Brown’s National Science Foundation Center for Chemical Innovation. With Len’s support, the initial grant now in place is poised for next year’s Phase II proposal:


This Center for Chemical Innovation will develop new catalytic chemistries that enable the use of CO2 as a sustainable feedstock for manufacture of large-scale commodity chemicals.

CCI Phase I: CO2 as a Sustainable Feedstock for Chemical Commodities

Award Number: 1240020; Principal Investigator: G.Tayhas Palmore; Co-Principal Investigator; Organization: Brown University; NSF Organization: CHE Award Date: 09/15/2012; Award Amount: $1,750,000.00