Certified Licensing Professionals, Inc.

Elevating the Licensing Profession Through Knowledge and Standards


I earned the CLP because it provides knowledge that I can use in my various professional responsibilities, including developing a patenting strategy, a copyright strategy and negotiating license agreements.  I would recommend earning the CLP distinction to anyone currently working in or aspiring to work in the licensing industry.

- Bruce Harrer, CLP
Commercialization Manager, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Industry Testimonials

What are CLP certificants saying about the value of earning the CLP certification? Read below to find out.

"I recently obtained, or should I say, earned, my CLP status.  Because of my experience in the profession (you can interpret that as my advanced age, but I prefer my advanced length of service), I would have been eligible for the grandfathered application.  I chose, however to actually take the test in order to better understand what it entails and how it will promote the licensing profession.  I am happy to report that I passed!

I will continue to work with the CLP organization to further improve the test to incorporate additional questions specifically pertinent to academic licensing and to advocate for its use and acceptance in academic institutions, first in the United States and then globally.  I can now say from personal experience, it IS a good test, it CAN and WILL be an important professional certification for our members."

- Robin L. Rasor, MS, CLP, Director of Licensing at the University of Michigan and Past President, AUTM

"At Merck we embrace the CLP designation as a mark of distinction. We already have 12 Certified Licensing Professionals at Merck and we expect to increase this number significantly over time."

- Barbara Yanni, CLP, Vice President and Chief Licensing Officer, Merck & Co., Inc.

“Earning and maintaining your designation as a Certified Licensing Professional will distinguish you in the licensing industry as someone with experience and knowledge. Our Office now requires that new senior licensing associates be CLP-certified or eligible to take the exam.”

-Wes Blakeslee, CLP, Executive Director, The Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer, at Johns Hopkins University

"With more than 18 years of assertive licensing experience I value most a licensor with the confidence and knowledge to arrive at a conclusion, to get a deal done.  Knowing the person I am negotiating with is a CLP is a significant benefit to me.  It raises my confidence that we can work toward a resolution instead of wasting efforts on non-productive posturing.  I hope it says the same to him about me."

-Chuck Neuenschwander

"The profession has long deserved recognition and a method of establishing its legitimacy.  With the CLP certification now available, people will know that there are professionals who are recognized as experienced and well-qualified, and on whom they may rely for licensing and technology commercialization services and advice. I have spent a long and successful career in the technology transfer and licensing arena and intend to continue well into the future.  Having this certification should, I believe, offer an edge in gaining future work in the licensing field and as an expert witness.

The certification carries recognition of professional qualities we wouldn’t otherwise be able to convey.  Since CLP certification relates to standards and experiences not easily achieved, it carries high value, not only to the one certified, but in the eyes of those who would engage a CLP for quality services.

I believe that at least some business prospects have viewed the reference to CLP certification in my CV as having significant value.  The CLP designation is particularly useful in distinguishing me in the expert testimony arena, and listing the certification among my other qualifications adds credibility on the witness stand.

When I need to employ professionals to assist in carrying out a project for a client, I expect to look to fellow CLP’s as hiring prospects.  I certainly would encourage any licensing professionals on my team to work diligently toward earning this distinction for themselves and to benefit the team. The CLP certification has brought us great new opportunities in this field."

-Gene Partlow, CLP, CEO, Partlow Associates


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