Tom O’Keefe is an attorney and Associate Officer in the Technology Licensing Office (TLO) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since joining MIT in 2008, Tom has served a primary role in addressing the TLO’s day-to-day legal issues, including litigation involving MIT patents. Additionally, he has overseen the protection and licensing of MIT inventions including medical imaging advancements, biomechanical devices, piezoelectric fiber technologies, and network coding methods. Tom also supervises the TLO’s end-use software licensing efforts and manages MIT’s trademark portfolio.


After graduating from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Tom studied graduate-level applied mathematics at Michigan State University before enrolling in law school. In 2007, Tom earned his Juris Doctorate from Brooklyn Law School where he developed a keen interest in intellectual property law, particularly as applied to the field of biotechnology. Eventually, his appreciation for biotech led him to Tufts University where he obtained a Master of Engineering in Bioengineering, focusing on siRNA delivery systems.


Tom is presently pursuing an MBA at the Yale School of Management, and he enjoys advising early stage ventures on tactics for using intellectual property strategies to secure competitive advantage. He lives in Cambridge, MA and was once an avid skier (before enrolling in an MBA program).