Sandra Sovinski - Deputy General Counsel, Office of Research

Sandra M. Sovinski is Deputy General Counsel, leading the Research-legal team, and also working across the University and with its direct support organizations on a wide variety of intellectual property matters. She also serves as counsel for the University of Central Florida Research Foundation, Inc., with Robert Wilson. Prior to joining UCF in 2010, she practiced in the areas of patents, trademarks, copyrights and related intellectual property matters for her firm, Innovative IP, LLC, and for the Atlanta IP boutique Myers & Kaplan Intellectual Property Law, LLC.

Ms. Sovinski is a Registered Patent Attorney, Board Certified in Intellectual Property Law. She received her Juris Doctorate from Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, IN, where she was on the Deans List, was the winner of an International Law Review Writing Competition, and also received the CALI award for excellence. Ms. Sovinski is a native Floridian who proudly calls University of Central Florida her alma mater for her Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science, with a chemistry minor. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Sovinski was a forensic scientist, frequently testifying as an expert witness in the DNA and serological arts, and is co-author of numerous scientific publications in the field.

Ms. Sovinski volunteers as a speaker on intellectual property topics for various Central Florida small business and community organizations, is a member of the Florida and Georgia Bars, and has been admitted to practice in the Middle District Court of Florida, the Northern District Court of Georgia, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Principal areas of responsibility: Compliance (Research; Contracts (research, IRB); Copyrights and Trademarks; Export Control; Intellectual Property; Licensing; Patents; Public Records (Research); Research; Sponsored Research; and Technology Transfer.