Carl E. Gulbrandsen was the Managing Director of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the patent management organization for the University of Wisconsin-Madison, from 2000 to 2016. He is currently an advisor and consultant in the areas of university technology transfer, intellectual property, patent prosecution, licensing transactions, and litigation.
Mr. Gulbrandsen received his B.A. degree from St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota. He received a Ph.D degree in physiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Wisconsin and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
From 1981 until 1992, he was in the private practice of law. Mr. Gulbrandsen’s law
practice concentrated on intellectual property with a specialty in patent prosecution and litigation. In 1992 Mr. Gulbrandsen became General Counsel of Lunar Corporation and Bone Care International, Inc. Lunar Corporation is a medical device company. Bone Care International, Inc. is a pharmaceutical company. Both companies are located
in Madison, Wisconsin and sell products based on technology arising from research conducted at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.
Mr. Gulbrandsen has been with WARF since 1997when he was WARF’s Director of Patents and Licensing. He became Managing Director in 2000. He is also Vice Chair of the Morgridge Institute for Research, WiCell™ Research Institute and President of WiSys Technology Foundation.
Mr. Gulbrandsen is a member of the Licensing Executive Society, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Wisconsin State Bar and the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is a past member of the Patent Public Advisory Council for the United States Patent and Trademark Office.