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Maurice Haff is an innovation and entrepreneurship educator. He helps his students learn the constructs of innovation and how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset in all facets of their lives. He combines understanding of intellectual property (IP) with entrepreneurial skills to show students how to create and launch new ventures. He guides and mentors students as innovators and entrepreneurs, connecting to foster creativity, understanding, motivation and interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Haff is an IP professional and registered U. S. Patent Agent, with experiential knowledge of the entrepreneurial process gained in four startup ventures. He has engaged in creating, building and commercializing technology based products, and developing business-focused IP. As an entrepreneur and patent professional, he is engaged in realizing value from IP in the technology sector, including IP rights formation, commercializing patentable technology from R&D, building strong patent portfolios, monetizing patents, and creating value for society. 

Classes Taught

BADM 1103 Introduction to Business

ENTR 3213 Innovation & Creativity

ENTR 3223 Innovation and Creating Wealth

ENTR 4233 Idea to Opportunity

ENTR 4553 New Venture Presentation

MGMT 5910 Seminar - Venture Launch

Education and Certifications

  • Patent Agent registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Experiential Classroom XIII, Oklahoma State University, Spears School of Business
  • MBA, International Business, George Washington University
  • M.S., Management Engineering, George Washington University
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, Oklahoma State University


Haff has been teaching entrepreneurship and innovation at UCO since 2012. He is currently serves as Director of Patent Strategy and Monetization at the law firm of Berenato & White, LLC and has held this position since 2009. In 1998, he founded Hyperspace Communications Inc. and was CEO until 2007. He has successfully started and lead the operations of three technology-based companies from product concept to commercialization. He is named inventor on 15 U.S. Patents. He has 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur in both commercial and government markets. His experience with patents, product development, government contracting, and new ventures provides a key resource for student learning at UCO.

Honors and Awards

Vanderford Initiative Award 2016

Barnabas Endowed Lecturer Entrepreneurship



Helping students learn about innovation and entrepreneurship.

Startup venture eco systems

Invention and intellectual property

Sailboats and sailing

Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursdays:  11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Wednesdays: 4-7 p.m.

Professional and Community Involvement

Oklahoma Venture Forum Member; also served as OVF Board Member for 4 years.

Research, Published Work, and Scholarly Activities

U.S. Patents

9,912,516 Method and apparatus for data file transfer using destination linked directories

9,626,655 Method, apparatus and system for regulating electronic mail

9,260,056 Display device mountable on an automotive vehicle and method

8,760,880 Display device mountable on an automotive vehicle and method

8,677,460 File transfer system

8,616,574 Compact ergonomic mobility chair

8,537,561 Display device mountable on an automotive vehicle, and method

8,522,313 Method and apparatus for data file transfer using destination linked directories

8,185,736 File transfer system for direct transfer between computers

8,046,825 Selective acceptance of electronic messages in communication systems

7,810,144 File transfer system for direct transfer between computers

7,536,554 Third party authentication of files in digital systems

7,263,528 File transfer system

6,442,571 Methods and apparatus for secure electronic, certified, restricted delivery mail systems

6,219,669 File transfer system using dynamically assigned ports

Teaching Philosophy

All students have a pathway over which they can find and achieve success.  It is up to the student and the teacher to discover that pathway together.

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