Robert E. Sloat

Robert E. Sloat
  • BS Chemical Engineering 1965

Mr. Sloat joined Universal Oil Products Company after graduating in 1965, working in refinery process development and later in its patent law group while earning a Law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1972.  In the patent group he worked with fluidized catalytic cracking and xylene separation refinery processes researchers.  In 1975, he joined Amoco Corporation’s Law group as a patent attorney in the chemical and refining areas.  In 1977, he was promoted to Director in Amoco’s patent and technology licensing group and was involved in major chemical and refinery technology licenses in the US, Turkey, People’s Republic of China and Japan.  From 1982 to 1992, he managed Amoco’s patent group covering refinery research and development.  In 1992, he was promoted to Licensing Manager responsible for managing worldwide technology licensing activities of Amoco and was involved in major chemical process licenses in the US, South Korea and the PRC.  From 1995 to 2003, he managed its patent and licensing group covering crude oil exploration and production research.  In 2003, Mr. Sloat retired from BP Amoco after 28 years of service.  From 2003 to 2008 he was an adjunct law professor at John Marshall Law School in Chicago teaching patent and technology licensing.  He is a past member of the Licensing Executive Society and the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, and is a member of the Illinois Bar and a registered patent attorney.  He is currently the Executive Officer of the Waukegan Sail and Power Squadron and active in boater education and safety programs.  He is one of the founders of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity chapter at Michigan Tech and is a member of the Presidents Club.