Licensing, Technology Transfer and Commercialization
The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) at the University of Maryland (UMD) provides in-house technology commercialization services and expert guidance in protecting and commercializing intellectual property.
UMD is seeking two transaction-oriented licensing professionals with proven records of bringing promising physical and/or information sciences technologies to market.
The Licensing Associate manages the information (IS) or physical science (PS) inventions/technologies originating at the University of Maryland from disclosure through marketing, licensing the technologies, and the issuance and maintenance of patents. Interaction with faculty, staff, students, patent attorneys, joint owners, and licensees (current and potential) is essential for this position. The Licensing Associate reports to the Assistant Director, Licensing.
The Licensing Associate’s responsibilities are, but not limited to: assessment of the technologies, determination of the marketability (including preparation of concise marketing information) and appropriate intellectual property protection required (e.g. patent and/or copyright); preparation and execution of confidential disclosure agreements; negotiation of terms and preparation of draft license agreements consistent with UMD’s standard form agreements for review and signature of the Director, OTC; and management of intellectual property activities of external legal counsel.
Best consideration date: July 28, 2018
Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics, materials, computer science, or related discipline with six (6) years of experience;
Master's degree in engineering, physics, materials, computer science, or related; or business (MBA); or law (JD) and at least four (4) years of related experience.
Experience: Relevant experience in commercializing technology, which may include demonstrated experience in entrepreneurship, technology transfer, licensing, or business development, including in an academic, government, or corporate setting.
Experience with intellectual property (patents, copyright, trademark protection); for IS position: working knowledge of open source licenses.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Working knowledge of federal, state laws regarding technology transfer and intellectual property. Understanding of commercialization processes.
Technical background and ability to understand/interpret physical/information science based technologies.
Ability to understand business and legal concepts relevant to technology transfer and communicate the same effectively.
Ability to interact effectively in an academic and corporate setting.
Ability to problem solve and work both independently and collaboratively with colleagues.
Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
Possess strong negotiation and marketing skills.
Ability to work on multiple tasks at the same time and under time constraints.
Ability to handle sensitive matters with discretion and tact while maintaining confidentiality.
Ability to project a professional and positive image of the office and the university. Independent self-starter with strong work ethic.
PhD in engineering, physics, materials, computer science, or related discipline preferred.
Previous university-based technology transfer, industry-based marketing, or business development experience preferred.
About University of Maryland, College Park
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.