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Senior Licensing Manager

Posted on Feb 14, 2019 by U of A TECH LAUNCH

Tucson, AZ 85726
Design & Creative
18 Jan 2019
Annual Salary
Full-Time
Senior Licensing Manager The University of Arizona (UA) Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) working with the College of Optical Sciences, is seeking a self-motivated, outgoing individual with experience in technology transfer and demonstrated ability to work independently in a Senior Licensing Manager (LM) position. This position will work primarily with faculty inventors in Optical Sciences and reports to TLA's Director of Licensing. TLA is the University of Arizona unit with the primary mission of ensuring greater cohesion among University researchers, the business community, and organizations supporting technology commercialization to significantly enhance the impact of UA research and creative endeavors. TLA represents a prioritization and resource enhancement of the University's technology commercialization efforts. The Optical Sciences LM, working directly with faculty, staff, and students, will help to significantly expand UA's portfolio of Optical Sciences intellectual property and realize the impact associated with important inventions and discoveries. Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more! Duties & Responsibilities:  Understand the research activities across Optical Sciences and UA and assess the potential of those research activities for intellectual property (IP) protection and commercialization;Help streamline the technology commercialization process for inventors by shepherding invention disclosures, CDAs, patent applications, marketing collateral, term sheets, options, license agreements, and other necessary elements in the technology transfer process;Familiarize the faculty, staff, and students with technology transfer in terms of purpose, intellectual property, process, and value of commercialization to the College, inventors, community, and Arizona;Foster relationships with faculty to make them aware of commercial potential for their research, both present and future;Participate as a valued added contributor in grant proposals, industry contracts and related activities;Work independently to guide inventors through invention disclosures, NDAs, conflict of interest considerations associated with startups, and other interactions with TLA, including meaningful prior art searches and results;Work with inventors to determine technology milestones, timelines for moving technology into a commercial product, and appropriate IP strategies, and help to assess and prioritize inventions for TLA's Asset Development funding;Work with TLA marketing and business intelligence teams to identify potential licensees and contacts within those companies;Work with researchers, TLA Intellectual Property Manager and team, and outside patent counsel to manage patent applications and the prosecution of inventions;Negotiate various agreements, including licenses or options for intellectual property rights, and manage ongoing relationships with licensees;Participate in outreach events to promote Optical Sciences, TLA and licensing opportunities;Senior Licensing Managers are expected to carry a larger caseload, perform their duties with minimal supervision, and act as a mentor to newer members of the licensing staff; andAdditional duties as assigned. Minimum Qualifications:  Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, with major studies in Optical Sciences or related field;At least two years' experience in a related field, with a preference for technology licensing, business development, sales and/or marketing, contract negotiation, or commercial assessment, and the development, preparation, review, or execution of contracts in optics related domains;General knowledge of intellectual property law, intellectual property evaluation, and contracts, especially as pertains to a university setting; Experience working collaboratively with researchers or technical staff in intellectual property matters;Experience as a team player who seeks, and uses effectively, instruction and advice from professional colleagues;Strong business ethics and service orientation; Superior communication skills, both oral and written;Multi-faceted negotiation skills with the ability to express complex ideas and positions clearly and succinctly; andAbility to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, peers, academics, and other professionals, including external agencies, with varied interests and perspectives. Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree in Optical Sciences or related field; or any equivalent combination of education, experience or training.Five or more years' technology licensing, business development, contract negotiation, or commercial assessment experience, including the development, preparation, review, or execution of a wide range of business contracts;Experience in working collaboratively with researchers, creators or technical staff in IP matters in related domains as would be encountered in a university setting;Working knowledge of intellectual property, specifically patents. Category: Marketing & Biz Dev , Keywords: Licensing Director

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