Marc Tejtel

Partner, silicon valley

Professional Experience 

At Appleton Luff, Marc's primary focus is two-fold:

- To help non-US firms whose innovative technologies are of interest to US firms, enter into durable technology licensing agreements with these US firms. 

- To help build capacity in intellectual property and in technology transfer at institutions (e.g., universities) of countries transitioning towards knowledge economies.

For close to four decades prior to his joining Appleton Luff, much of Marc's work was conducted with non-US firms and institutions seeking to commercialize innovative technologies. 


Marc, a business economist who, later, became an IP lawyer, conducted such work in three successive capacities: most recently as a designer and implementer of technical assistance programs in commercial law, several of which were focused on technology transfer; in previous years, as the founder and CEO of a very small US firm whose mission was to help license, to large US groups,  technologies developed by European high-tech SMEs; in the late 1970s and early 1980s, as a business economist specialized in the risk analysis, from a financing perspective, of technological innovations developed by European SME.


 Technical Assistance: The Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP),  part of the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S.Department of Commerce (USDOC), helps developing countries create legislative, regulatory, and judicial environments conducive to trade and investment.

Marc joined CLDP in March 2002 as an attorney-advisor; he retired from CLDP in October 2021 as CLDP's Deputy Chief Counsel for Strategic Initiatives and Mentoring.


At CLDP, in addition to his managerial responsibilities, Marc designed and conducted "pioneer" programs in commercial law that resulted in the creation of four new domains of practice: Technology Licensing, Energy Law and Contracts, International Business Negotiations, Foreign Investments in/and Partnerships with State-Owned Enterprises (SOE). 


In addition, Marc launched  CLDP's first  programs in eight countries: Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Iraq, Kosovo, Morocco, Pakistan, Tunisia. In five of these countries, the focus of these first programs was on intellectual property, technology transfer and technology licensing.


For each one of these initiatives, Marc designed and conducted experiential skills building programs, for which he created specific methodologies, and case studies.


Initial Exposure to a Developing Country and to Technical Assistance

Marc's initial experience with a developing country and with technical assistance started prior to his joining CLDP, when, for a few years, he was a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) with the U.S. Department of State. In 2000, as an FSO, Marc volunteered to serve at the U.S. embassy in Algeria, at that time considered to be a "danger post" and therefore lightly staffed.  There, Marc served simultaneously in five positions (Economic Officer, Commercial Officer, Energy Attaché, Agriculture Officer, and Environment, Science, Technology and Health Officer) which gave him an opportunity to understand the multidimensional challenges faced by  an energy-rich developing country. As Economic Officer, Marc launched the U.S. government's technical assistance to Algeria. The implementer of this technical assistance was CLDP.


Technology Licensing: In 1988,  Marc founded and managed for ten years a small US subsidiary of DITT (Development, Innovation, Technology Transfer), itself a subsidiary of EDF, the French electric utility. The mission of the small firm created by Marc was to help European high-tech SME license advanced technologies to large US firms. Under Marc's leadership, the firm reached the breakeven point in six months; it was successful at helping clients enter into durable contracts with US licensees. 


Risk Analysis of  Technological Innovations: For 13 years prior to creating the small U.S. firm mentioned above, Marc worked, as an economist, for a French state-owned financial institution similar, in its mission and activities, to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) in that it guaranteed loans made by banks to SMEs (1). There, from 1978 to 1985, Marc was in charge of the risk analysis department of a subsidiary specialized in the financing of the commercialization of technological innovations.


(1) This institution was called Caisse Nationale des Marchés de l'Etat(National Agency for the Financing of SMEs Awarded Government Contracts); after a merger with another financial institution, it changed its name to  Credit d'Equipement des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises (Bank for the Financing of SME Equipment). After a merger with France's national agency for the commercialization of new technology, it is now known as Banque Publique d'Investissement (National Investment Bank)



Diplôme, Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales/HEC France (Business Economics), 1970

Master's of Management (now called MBA), Vanderbilt U., 1972

J.D. George Mason University 1998 



English, French, elementary Russian

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