Augustine V. Cheng

Augie Cheng assumed his post as AzTE’s managing director and chief legal officer in August 2007. Augie came to AzTE from Columbia University, where he was chief counsel of the Patent & Licensing Group in the office of the general counsel. In that capacity, he was responsible for a team of several attorneys and all legal affairs relating to Columbia’s patent protection and licensing programs. He managed several intellectual property lawsuits, including a multi-district patent litigation and other actions, along with related settlements, resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in returns for Columbia. He has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating agreements in the areas of IP licensing, industry-sponsored research, research consortiums, international collaborations, and inter-institutional agreements. He advised the university administration on policy issues relating to IP, research, and conflicts of interest. During his 13 years at Columbia as associate general counsel, Augie also practiced in the areas of commercial litigation and contracts. He represented Columbia before federal and state agencies on employment claims.

Prior to joining Columbia, Augie was in private practice with the New York law firms of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and Schulte Roth & Zabel. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable William H. Timbers of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Augie received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University in 1984. After graduation, he worked in the research department of Young & Rubicam, Inc., a marketing communications firm. He attended law school at Fordham University School of Law, where he graduated in 1989 and served as an associate editor of the Fordham Law Review.

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