April, originally from Eastern Kentucky, joined the Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3) as Director in May 2019. At the onset of April’s career she was an intellectual property paralegal at Tampa Bay law firm Smith & Hopen, P.A. In this position she gained extensive knowledge in both domestic and foreign patent & trademark protection and prosecution.
Following her time at the law firm, April joined the University of South Florida (USF) Technology Transfer Office where she spent eleven years. While with USF, April held a variety of roles from protection of intellectual property, operations & compliance and contract management. In her most recent role as Director, April provided leadership and management for the Technology Transfer office by driving licensing, patents and start-up activities. She also enables the coordination among university researchers, administration, outside counsel, external parties, and government agencies. While leading the technology transfer program at USF, the university was recognized as being one of the top 20 American Universities for technology transfer by the prestigious Milken Institute.
April received a BA in Paralegal Sciences from Eastern Kentucky University and a MBA from Florida International University.
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