Technology Transfer at the Department of Veterans Affairs

May 21, 2021

Technology Transfer at the Department of Veterans Affairs

The Technology Transfer Program (TTP) at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides overall services to the entire VA community including the researchers and clinicians at VA Medical Centers (VAMCs). The VA has a unique research community whereby the researchers are dual-appointed personnel (DAP). A DAP is employed by the VA and also by an academic institution. Technology developed by DAPs may result in joint intellectual property (IP), and therefore the VA Technology Transfer Office must determine ownership of the subject IP before proceeding with marketing and commercialization. This webinar will describe that process and provide information about partnering with the VA.

About the Speaker

Dr. John J. Kaplan, PhD, JD, joined the Office of Research and Development (ORD) as the TTP Director in April 2016. Before joining Technology Transfer, Kaplan had held varied roles in the Federal, private and military sectors. He served as an attorney-advisor at the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), Chief of Enterprise Architecture for the Department of the Air Force, law clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Director of the Office of Management Operations at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and a Senior Research Engineer/Program Manager at the Department of Justice.

In Kaplan's military career, he served as an Air Force Officer and retired after 20-years of service. He finished his military career as Director of Policy and Integration for the Air Force Office of Scientific Research in Arlington, Virginia.

Kaplan received his PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and his JD in Intellectual Property from the George Mason University School of Law. He is also a graduate of Air War College. Kaplan is licensed to practice law in Virginia and the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is also a Professional Engineer (PE) in Virginia.