Nikolaus Traitler, Ph.D., is Senior Licensing Associate, bringing a background in business consulting, intellectual property management, and engineering to his role.
Prior to joining USC, Traitler started his own consulting firm where he guided various startups and established companies as a technology innovation manager for four years. He managed patent portfolios, intellectual property protection, licensing, partnerships and collaborations, advising in fields such as microtechnology, medtech, cleantech, consumer electronics, semiconductors, spatial measurement, and space technologies.
He also previously worked as a patent engineer for an intellectual property law firm performing patent analysis, drafting, and prosecution with an emphasis in semiconductors, electronic circuits, optics, and mobile and wireless communications. He served as a technical advisor for one of the nation’s leading law firms, Perkins Coie LLP, with an emphasis in electrical, computer, communications, signal processing, consumer electronics, and energy-related technologies.
Traitler earned a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, as well as a Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of York. He is a Certified Licensing Professional.