Howard Bremer Memorial Page

Howard Bremer, Technology Transfer Icon

1923 – 2013

"It is amazing what can be accomplished if it doesn’t matter who gets the credit." – Howard Bremer

Howard Bremer began his career working on well-known and enduring products including a few very famous detergents and toothpastes that many of us use every day. He helped evolve and grow one of the most successful technology transfer programs in the United States—the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and, most importantly, he helped create the Bayh-Dole Act itself.

Howard was hired by the Proctor & Gamble Company, for their patent division in 1949 after receiving a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin.

In 1960, Howard became the first in-house attorney at WARF to work on licensing where he worked to protect and expand the IP for vitamin D or prostaglandins, among many other contributions. Howard and colleagues were instrumental in the development and enactment of the Bayh-Dole Act, which was passed in 1980 after Howard and others testified before Congress and negotiated with U.S. government agencies.

Howard has made significant contributions to the technology transfer profession and AUTM. Howard helped found AUTM, served as AUTM President, wrote articles for and helped manage the AUTM Journal, and mentored countless AUTM members.

Howard continued to provide critical analyses of public policy issues and served as AUTM's trusted advisor on legal and legislative issues until his final days. AUTM honored Howard with the AUTM President's award in February of 2013. Upon accepting the award, Howard gave a passionate speech about the technology transfer profession. Howard's remarks can be found here.

The AUTM community celebrated the life and legacy of Howard Bremer. Read comments from the AUTM community.


Howard Bremer Interview Series

Howard has always been a generous teacher, and happy to share his expertise on technology transfer. AUTM interviewed Howard for his take on everything from AUTM membership to the future of the technology transfer profession.

ImageHoward Bremer Interview Series Part 1: Howard discusses what AUTM membership means to him

ImageHoward Bremer Interview Series Part 2: Howard reminisces about the Bayh-Dole Act

ImageHoward Bremer Interview Series Part 3: How technology transfer has changed over the years

ImageHoward Bremer Interview Series Part 4: Howard talks about his favorite licensing deal

ImageHoward Bremer Interview Series Part 5: Howard talks about the future of technology transfer

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