Intellectual Property Manager

Job description

Essential Functions

  • Develop and manage strong relationships with faculty inventors and prospective inventors; maintain effective relationships with inventors to enhance the disclosure pipeline and with licensees for marketing of technologies
  • Provide specialized advice and counsel on technology commercialization, including disclosing inventions, screening and evaluation, intellectual property, licensing, etc.
  • Perform licensing responsibilities, including: evaluate and screen disclosures; identify and qualify licensees, assist with marketing strategies and plans, draft business terms for license agreements, negotiate and execute license agreements, and management of portfolio of technologies
  • Perform marketing responsibilities, including: independent development of and execution of marketing strategies and plans, build and manage strong industry relationships, and promote technology-associated sponsored research agreements
  • Manage process and procedures related to material and data transfer agreements, non-disclosure/confidentiality agreements, visiting research agreements, etc.
  • Perform intellectual property protection responsibilities, including: Recommending and managing the filing of intellectual property protection such as patents, trademarks, copyright, and trade secret, perform prior art searches and assessments, review of claims, generate dockets, and track upcoming deadlines
  • Work closely with the Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education to assess and structure terms of inter-institutional or licensing agreements
  • Manage regulatory compliance obligations regarding intellectual property (e.g., iEdison.)
  • Educate faculty and students about commercially valuable technologies, IP topics, licensing, startups and public-private partnerships
  • Maintain the University's Intellectual Property database (Wellspring Sophia)
  • Generate maintenance fee schedules, patent expenses and payment summaries and other standard reports such as financial reports, budgetary projections, and conduct operational audits as needed
  • Facilitate matchmaking between innovations and private industry in order to best meet all needs (This is not accomplished through the individuals own network, but those of Institutional Partnerships and University Advancement. Examples include connecting entrepreneurial faculty, postdocs and graduate students to businessperson and industry experts needed to develop their technologies, engage in applied research or launch startup companies.)
  • Responsible for depositing and distributing royalty checks to inventors and academic departments
  • Manage outside intellectual property counsel
  • Assist in the preparation and tracking of distribution or decision letters to inventors, collaborators etc.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors of Science in Engineering, Life or Physical Science, Computer or Information Science in combination with an advanced degree.
  • 1 to 4 years of combined experience in research, intellectual property, product development, or licensing/commercialization.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in science, engineering, business, or law.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) Monday, February 26, 2018.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted. Once within the job description online, please scroll to the bottom of the page to apply.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, people with disabilities and veterans. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 004135
Posted: 1/30/2018
Application Due: 3/31/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable