Scott Catlin, a native of Lakewood, has been appointed associate vice president for innovation and technology commercialization at the University of Rochester, where he will oversee the Office of Technology Transfer.
Catlin is legal section head for Abbott Medical Optics Inc. in Santa Ana, Calif., where he managed a team of 18 attorneys and support staff. Catlin earned his bachelor's degree in optical engineering at the University of Rochester in 1992, graduating summa cum laude. Three years later, he graduated cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School with his Juris Doctorate. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and is a member of the Licensing Executives Society and American Intellectual Property Association.
Catlin served as division counsel for intellectual property at Abbott Medical Optics, managing all aspects of intellectual property development, protection, and enforcement. He also worked in a start-up company and as a management consultant for Bain & Company. Before starting his career in the private sector, Catlin spent four years in the U.S. Air Force as assistant staff judge advocate, where he was a criminal prosecutor and investigated cases of medical malpractice and aircraft mishaps.
Catlin, the son of Dr. and Mrs. John Catlin, graduated from Southwestern High School in 1988. He begins his new role at the university on March 1.