Manages the assessment, marketing and protection of intellectual property created at the University of Utah and assists in the management of the Technology Commercialization operations.
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Life or Physical Science, Computer Science, or a related field, or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). Five years of full-time experience in industry; and demonstrated effective communication interpersonal skills are critical for success in this position.
An advanced degree in specific area of assignment (Engineering, Life, Physical or Computer Sciences) is preferred. Work experience in an industrial field specific to area of assignment (Engineering, Biomedical/Biotechnology, Physical Sciences, or Computer Industry) is strongly preferred.
Previous university administrative or research experience, or familiarity with the university environment preferred. Work experience in a university or industry technology transfer office or a position in business development preferred.
Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.
1. Manages a portfolio of inventions. 2. Evaluates the commercial potential of new inventions, identifying new uses, potential markets, market sizes and competing technologies through the use of personal knowledge of emerging technologies, information developed from network of experts, on-line databases, internal tools and programs. 3. Evaluates the patentability of new inventions and is responsible for selecting the most effective strategy to protect them. Works with inventors to develop IP strategies. Selects and works with outside counsel to prepare patent or other applications. 4. Oversees management of the ongoing patent prosecution by outside patent counsel to assure that the proper strategy is followed, expenses are controlled, and patent, copyright, trademark and other intellectual property rights are properly protected. Manages the interaction between outside counsel and inventors to ensure that high quality IP is obtained. 5. Develops and implements commercialization strategies for a portfolio of technologies, identifies and cultivates qualified companies as potential licensees and evaluates business and marketing plans in a team environment. Proposes financial terms such as licensing fees, royalty rates, and business milestones to ensure that the licensee is required to make an effort sufficient to commercialize the technology. Negotiates, drafts, and executes confidential disclosure agreements, option and license agreements. 6. Develops and facilitates deep partnerships with multiple stakeholders including faculty and researchers, individual and industry partners, investors and entrepreneurs to drive the department vision and realize maximum value from University technologies. 7. Develops and implements customer service objectives for serving University researchers consistent with department goals. Ensures customer satisfaction by analyzing customer complaints, concerns and suggestions and provides appropriate follow through to ensure quality customer service. 8. Ensures University compliance policies are met in all aspects of the position. 9. Participates in industry specific conferences and national meetings of licensing associations.
DISCLAIMER This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job. Due to export control regulations and the nature of the position at TVC, TVC will not sponsor work-authorization visas.