Henry Wixon became Chief Counsel for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2009. The Office of the Chief Counsel for NIST advises the agency in programmatic matters including Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Interagency Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, Nondisclosure Agreements and patenting. In addition, Mr. Wixon’s office has significant responsibility for Department of Commerce regulations implementing the Bayh-Dole and Stevenson-Wydler Acts, and for appeals under Executive Order 10096 of Employee Rights Determinations from all Federal agencies.
As Chief Counsel, Mr. Wixon is actively involved in issues at the intersection of intellectual property rights, technology transfer and standards, and represents NIST as an ex officio member of the Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee of the American National Standards Institute.
Prior to joining NIST, Mr. Wixon was a partner with the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Washington, DC, with over twenty years in private practice as a registered patent attorney and intellectual property and licensing specialist.
Mr. Wixon was awarded his J.D. degree from George Washington University, where he was a member of The George Washington Law Review. He holds a B.S. degree in zoology with a minor in chemistry and a M.S. degree in neuropharmacology from the University of Maryland, College Park. A Certified Licensing Professional, he is a Past Chair of the Maryland Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society, and has served for many years as an LES Professional Development Series Faculty member. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences of the University of Maryland, College Park.