If you have general questions, please call the Innovation Partnership Services main desk at 541-346-3176, email or complete a Consultation Request.

We encourage members of the UO community as well as the business community to contact our staff members directly. Areas of expertise and contact details are listed below.


Charles Williams, PhD, JD, CLP
Associate Vice President for Innovation 
Policy, Media Inquiries, RAIN, Biological Sciences
Phone: 541-346-2028

Jim Deane, PhD, MBA, CLP
Associate Director
Physical, life and data sciences; patentable and software innovations
Phone: 541-346-4146

Christine Gramer, PhD
Senior Technology Development Associate
Chemistry, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences
School of Architecture & Allied Arts
Phone: 541-346-3499

Orca Merwin, JD
Associate Director
Industry Agreements, College of Education, Arts, University of Oregon Digital Press
Phone: 541-346-0832

Vanessa R. Ringgold, JD
Licensing & Contracts Associate
MTAs, NDAs, Data Use Agreements, University of Oregon Digital Press

Jesse Conway, JD
Innovation Asset Administrator
Patent coordinator, Invention Disclosures, IP Database, Federal Reporting, Copyright Registration, Trademark Registration, Royalty Sharing



Innovation Partnership Services is located at 677 E. 12th Avenue, Suite 500

Mailing Address:
1238 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1238

Phone: 541-346-3176
Fax: 541-346-5138