Robert Berliner to receive honorary doctorate

Robert Berliner, attorney, author, and founder of Berliner & Associates, will be presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters at UCCS commencement ceremonies Dec. 17.

Berliner is known for his expertise in all things relating to intellectual property. University officials consider his service invaluable in protecting the rights and interests of the university’s creative minds. With decades of practice in all aspects of intellectual property, he uses his knowledge to benefit the university and its special needs.

He formed Berliner & Associates, a worldwide intellectual property firm specializing in patent, trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing and litigation but not before developing a network of more than sixty top-rated intellectual property firms in more than twenty countries. He was a founding member of the intellectual property firm of Robbins, Berliner & Carson, and served there for 25 years. Later, he was a partner of the international general law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski.

UCCS leaders prepared the campus for the 21st century by focusing on invention, innovation and technology transfer. Berliner helped make this possible through his familiarity with university patent portfolios, and with his experience assisting in the formation and operations of early stage companies. He is known as a pioneer in biotechnology patent law. His efforts helped protect and make effective use of the outstanding research and creative work produced at UCCS.

Berliner also served as an instructor, pro bono, to teach CU courses in technology transfer and biotechnology, further demonstrating his commitment to education and CU.

Berliner is a founding member of Breathe California, a not-for-profit foundation concerned with lung health issues, and he is helping other states establish similar agencies. In 2007, President Bush’s Council on Service and Civic Participation presented him with the President’s Volunteer Service Award. His generosity of spirit is praised nationally and internationally. This, in addition to his services to the university, prompted the CU Board of Regents to award him the Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters.

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