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Robert Charles, JD, LLM, MPH

Fort Detrick, Maryland, United States
Current: Chief, Medical Research Law, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command. Serve as the principal legal advisor to USAMRDC and its subordinate laboratories and multiple sub-entities on technology transfer issues,, and as technical transfer legal technical-channel supervisor to the U.S. Army Medical Command.

2002 – 2011: Served as Chair, Legal Issues Committee and on the Executive Board of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) ( The FLC was created by Congress to assist Federal agencies to carry out their responsibilities to transfer federally owned or originated technology to state and local governments and to the private sector. Teach (2006 – present) a CRADA Workshop as part of the Basic Training course for tech transfer professionals at the FLC’s annual meeting, as well as organized (and often presented) at the Legal Issues Forum. Operated an electronic roundtable on current legal issues affecting federal technology transfer.

2006 – Present: Member of the FLC’s Education and Training Committee; served as editor of the 2009 edition of the Federal Technology Transfer Legislation and Policy (“The Green Book”), and as Revision Committee Chair of the FLC’s Technology Transfer Desk Reference, A Comprehensive Guide to Technology Transfer (published 2013). Served on the editorial staff of the annual Technology for Today, Enhancing America Through Federally Developed Research and Technology.

ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY: Served as a U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps officer.
1981 – 2001: Served as a U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps officer.
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