Rodney L. Sparks, J.D., Ph.D.


Rodney Sparks retired in April 2019, but continues to provide as needed counsel to the UVA LVG team.

Rodney Sparks, Emeritus, joined the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group in 2004 as a member of the in-house legal team supporting patent issues in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and chemical sciences, including medicine and gene therapy. Rodney is responsible for overseeing outside patent counsel, drafting and prosecuting patents, preparing opinions and providing counsel on patent matters. Rodney also provides counsel on government reporting matters for LVG.

Rodney teaches law students in the Law Student Patent and Licensing Clinic at the UVA School of Law.

Prior to joining LVG, Rodney practiced in the intellectual property group at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP in Philadelphia. He represented a variety of clients in the US and abroad, including universities, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Rodney is very active in the professional community, and has served in various consulting capacities for agencies of the US government. He also recently participated as a judge for the modern marvel patent contest sponsored by the US Patent and Trademark Office and

As one of the veteran employees of LVG, Rodney holds extensive institutional knowledge about the organization and has been known to offer newer LVG employees insight with his collection of anecdotes.


J.D., Loyola University

Ph.D., Cell Biology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

B.S., Biology and Chemistry, Sam Houston State University

Professional Memberships:

American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)

Association of University Technology Matters

Licensing Executives Society