Department: Office of Technology Develop
Position Summary: This position is located in the Office of Technology Development (OTD) which is located in the Division of The Vice Chancellor for Research. OTD manages the University's intellectual property including patenting and negotiation of licenses for the commercialization of university inventions. The Technology Development Associate (TDA) helps researchers conceptualize and commercialize novel technologies in the computer, engineering, chemical, or biological science industries. The TDA educates and assists faculty in disclosing, protecting (patent, copyright, or tangible property), developing strategic marketing plans for, and licensing their inventions. Duties include evaluating technologies, managing patent prosecution, coordinating marketing plans, and drafting and negotiating a range of intellectual property-related contracts. The TDA places special emphasis on building faculty relationships, making investment decisions, and developing commercialization strategies in coordination with a wide range of related offices and stakeholders.
Education Requirements: Requires relevant Master's degree in science or engineering, or a relevant bachelors degree plus three or more years of experience performing intellectual property due diligence. Advanced training in business, law, or science preferred. A Ph.D. in science or engineering is desirable but not required.
Qualification and Experience: This position requires three or more years of experience performing intellectual property (patent, copyright) due diligence in one or more of the computer, engineering, chemical, or biological science industries demonstrating a clear understanding of patent law. In addition, this position requires two or more years of experience working independently, setting work priorities with minimal supervision over regular work activities, and managing multiple projects. The selected candidate must demonstrate an ability to establish and manage many projects and relationships simultaneously across a broad range of innovations and markets. The position also requires the ability to interact with both academic scientists and business executives and also demonstrate familiarity with intellectual property licensing and technology commercialization in industry or academic setting. Experience drafting and negotiating license agreements is preferred but not required.
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