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Fuentek President Earns Certification From International Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals

Laura A. Schoppe Achieves Registered Technology Transfer Practitioner Status

(December 30, 2011)

Laura Schoppe

Laura Schoppe

APEX, N.C. – Fuentek, LLC, a local technology consulting firm that provides intellectual property (IP) management and technology transfer services, has announced that Laura A. Schoppe, president of the firm, has earned a certification from the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP), the international body for professionals engaged in technology transfer. By instituting a certification process for its member professionals, ATTP has established a uniform means of practice, standards and accreditation.

Schoppe earned her certification by demonstrating a track record of achievement and contribution to the profession during her more than 15 years as a technology transfer professional. Since her successful launch of Fuentek in 2001, Schoppe has been the principal investigator or project lead on major technology transfer initiatives for a variety of clients, and under her leadership, the company has grown significantly each year and is now one of the largest NASA contractors in North Carolina.

Schoppe has an extensive background in all aspects of IP management, including valuing the deals, negotiating the business terms, and leading license negotiation activities from transition innovations to new products. She has advised Fortune 500 companies on strategic planning related to their intellectual assets. For example, she performed the intangible asset analysis for three merger and acquisition efforts for one of Fuentek’s Fortune 500 clients, analyzing the value of its IP portfolio before the company divisions were sold. She is published extensively in peer-reviewed, thought-leadership publications as well as on the Fuentek blog, and she has been frequently cited as a media source for her expertise regarding technology transfer and running a virtual office. Schoppe has more than 12 years of successful experience in spearheading research for several defense contractors.

"Not only does the ATTP certification provide individuals with international recognition in the tech transfer industry,” said Schoppe, “but the program also educates and challenges candidates to develop their knowledge and skills, thus increasing credibility and ensuring excellence. I am proud and pleased to have achieved this milestone in my career"


- Schoppe is involved with several technology organizations, including the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) where she serves as a board member, Licensing Executives Society (LES), the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), National Association of Professional Women, National Association of Woman Business Owners (NAWBO) and the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED).

- Shoppe has been appointed to serve on NC State University’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Strategic Advisory Board.

- She received her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and in engineering/public policy from Carnegie Mellon University, and attended Princeton University for her master’s degree in mechanical and aerospace engineering. She received her MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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