Deputy General Counsel, Legal Affairs
James Laur is Deputy General Counsel in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Legal Affairs Department, and is the institution's senior intellectual property counsel.
Since 1994, Mr. Laur has played a leadership role in Cedar-Sinai's Technology Transfer Office, which in fiscal year 2004 earned more than $17 million in royalty income from its licensing program. In addition to managing the Medical Center's intellectual property portfolio, Mr. Laur has been instrumental in structuring more than a half a dozen spin-off companies based on early-stage technologies from the Medical Center's research laboratories. Among the better known of these companies are Zynx Health Inc. and Prometheus Laboratories.
Mr. Laur joined the Cedars-Sinai Legal Affairs Department in1991. He serves as primary counsel for the Burns & Allen Research Institute and the Enterprise Information Systems (IT) Department, both at Cedars-Sinai.
Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Mr. Laur worked in the Corporate Department of the healthcare law firm of McDermott & Trayner. Mr. Laur had previously worked as an attorney in the International Corporate Department of the law firm of Van Doorne & Sjollema in The Netherlands. (At that time, Van Doorne & Sjollema was the Dutch affiliate of Clifford Chance.)
During Mr. Laur's tenure there, he dealt with legal cases involving intellectual property, software licensing, high and low tech joint ventures, arbitration and general corporate matters. Mr. Laur handled projects on behalf of Dutch, English and American corporate clients throughout the European Union and the Middle and Far East.
Mr. Laur is a frequent speaker at local and international meetings on intellectual property issues, innovation management strategies and best practices.
He holds dual bachelor degrees, with honors, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in political science and philosophy. He earned his doctorate of law degree, cum laude, from the Boston College Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of California.