The ITTI Team
Dr. Stanley Kowalski - Director
Dr. Stanley Kowalski is the Director of ITTI and is well known in the intellectual property international development area for his pioneering work with the patent landscape of Golden Rice and other technologies. He served as an editor for the highly acclaimed IP Handbook of Best Practices.
Professor Jon Cavicchi - Director of Research
Professor Jon Cavicchi is the law librarian at the University of New Hampshire School of Law’s Intellectual Property Library, the only academic IP Library in the Western Hemisphere. He has taught and developed innovative techniques in patent searching, mining patent data, and IP research tools and strategies for almost two decades. He is the founder of the patent landscape educational report service. He is the lead research resource coordinator on technology transfer capacity building projects. He is author of numerous articles on IP research tools and strategies and Site Director of the award winning IP Mall website.
Professor John Orcutt
Professor John Orcutt's classes and research at the University of New Hampshire School of Law focus heavily on entrepreneurialism and what is needed to create more entrepreneurial environments. Orcutt is a former capital markets attorney and served as a senior investment banker with a Silicon Valley investment bank that focused on financing emerging growth companies.
ITTI Research Fellows
Shashwat Purohit is a Graduate Fellow working with the University of New Hampshire School of Law's International Technology Transfer Institute. He has been a part of a study with broad, global implications, "Developing Effective University/Industry/ Government partnerships in Key Economies: Engineering More Innovative Environments." Focusing on India-specific issues, this study is designed to provide an informational tool that examines, illustrates and elucidates the dynamic engagement of governments and academia in a dialogue that fosters industrial development of government-assisted academic-based innovation.
Shashwat was a part of the class of '07 at National Law University, Jodhpur and after a small stint at Mumbai based Law firm Paras Kuhad & Associates he joined Franklin Pierce Law Center, Concord, New Hampshire, USA to pursue his LLM in Intellectual Property Laws. As a part of the LLM in Intellectual Property Laws he trained with the IP Policy Division at Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, USA and was the recipient of the "Graduate Student Award 09" for Leadership and Academic Excellence.
Aleck Ncube, a native of Zimbabwe, is very comfortable in the classroom, and rightly so. He has earned multiple advanced degrees and is currently attending UNH School of Law as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar, adding to his already illustrious credentials. Ncube has big plans for his future and for the future of his country.
At the young age of 37, Ncube intends to take his newly gained expertise back to the National University of Science and Technology (NUST), to build his country’s first "proper technology transfer office."
"It is so sad that people die of cholera in Zimbabwe," says Ncube. "It is a simple preventable disease. Industries and corporations elsewhere and outside of Zimbabwe have developed vaccines that could prevent this. A lot of lives are lost unnecessarily. A technology transfer office could make these vaccines available to Zimbabwe."
Ncube's father worked as a brewery salesman and his mother dedicated her life to working for the Salvation Army church. Ncube grew up in Bulawayo with his twin brother and several other siblings, all who attended college. Ncube’s success is bittersweet, as he cannot share it with his twin, who passed away in 2008. "There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think of him," says Ncube.
Ncube earned a BA degree in media studies at Zimbabwe Open University in 2004 and later a MS in library and information science at NUST in Bulawayo. In 2008, Ncube was selected as a WIPO Fellow (World Intellectual Property Organization) and attended Africa University in Mutare, where he obtained a Master’s degree in intellectual property. Today, Ncube is an intellectual property educator at NUST where he lectures on intellectual property rights, conducts patent searches and facilitates technology transfer.
As a student in the International Technology Transfer Institute (ITTI) at UNH School of Law, Ncube learned about technology transfer in American universities and the impact of the Bay-Dohle Act on stimulating technology transfer and how Zimbabwe as a country can draw lessons from this legislation. The focus is to ensure that NUST plays a role in stimulating the creation of a knowledge economy in Zimbabwe based on science, technology and innovation. A technology transfer office is crucial in this endeavor.
"With the help and guidance of Stanley Kowalski JD ’05, Professor of law and Director of ITTI, we will come up with a strategic plan for Zimbabwe," says Ncube.
"IP is the main driver of economic activity. Technology transfer is one of those critical areas where most African countries don’t have a plan. My wish is for Zimbabwe to rightfully change its place," explains Ncube. "I hope to build the technology transfer capabilities at the University so that it can become the country’s hub of technology transfer."
"Professor Kowalski says, ‘Aleck, you cannot fight the war alone. You have to build an army.’ So we will create an army of IP people who will assist Zimbabwe. We need scientists, engineers and biochemists. Our economy is agriculture based, and we will need people who will show us how to use drought resistant crops. We will look at health issues, and will need vaccines for diseases such as malaria," explains Ncube.
"The vice chancellor, who is president of the University, is very eager to facilitate the development of a technology transfer office. And hopefully we can find funding from outside organizations and foundations," adds Ncube. "It will be a long term project. We will need to put ten, fifteen, to twenty years in to it before we will see the results. But I am sure with the right people in place, it will happen."