Charles H. Dougherty Jr.
Director, Intellectual Property and Operations
Chip joined CTTEC in 2019 as the Associate Director of Intellectual Property where he works in conjunction with the CTTEC team to manage the patent portfolio and to explore strategic opportunities. At the start of 2023, Chip took on the new role of Director, Intellectual Property and Operations. His task is to help create data-driven business decisions that support the University’s mission of continual innovation in education, research, creativity and entrepreneurship. In this newly created role, he is also responsible for developing and delivering educational resources on intellectual property topics for faculty, staff and students.
Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Chip had a 33-year career as a legal and business professional focused on the development and commercialization of new technology. As an attorney with Reed Smith LLP, he helped his clients acquire, protect and enforce their intellectual property rights across a wide range of technologies. He has litigated subject matter as diverse as pharmaceutical formulations, DNA cloning and expression, medical imaging, nutritional supplements, video streaming, industrial hoist design and horizontal drilling processes. In 2012 Chip helped establish and led the life science practice at Beck and Thomas P.C., specifically to serve intellectual property clients in the pharmaceutical and medical device market. Since 2006, Chip has served as a mediator for the Western District of Pennsylvania and assists in the resolution of intellectual property disputes filed in Federal Court.
Chip has a B.S. in Biology from Gannon University, an M.S. from The Pennsylvania State University, and a J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law. He is a registered patent attorney at the USPTO and is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, the CAFC and multiple other jurisdictions. Chip serves on the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Intellectual Property Law Association, the Mediation Council of Western Pennsylvania, and the Carnegie Science Center.