Howard W. Bremer passed away on Friday, ending a long career at the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, where he served as Patent Counsel for 28 years, and continued with emeritus status thereafter. He also was one of the founders of SUPA (Society of University Patent Administrators) which became AUTM in about 1990. He received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering and his Law Degree from UW-Madison, and so was an enthusiastic “double Badger,” like myself.
I knew Howard by reputation both while I was a graduate student in Chemistry, a Post-Doctoral Researcher and a Law Student (WARF supported my Post-Doctoral Research). I remember speaking to him about a possible position as a patent clerk in the Forest Products Laboratory – WARF didn’t have patent clerkships—I think Howard was about it in IP law. I left Madison in 1981 – there were no jobs for pharma/biotech patent attorneys. In fact, there were very few jobs in biotechnology period.