The University of Florida is conducting a national search for an Assistant Director, Technology Licensing. Located in Gainesville, FL the University of Florida is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The University of Florida has earned a reputation as a leader in commercializing discoveries that cure diseases, create jobs and make the world a better place. This reputation is the result of the collaborative working relationship between faculty generating new discoveries and UF Innovate | Tech Licensing working to find commercial partners. UF consistently ranks among the top universities for startup launches and licensing. In the past 15 years, UF Innovate | Tech Licensing has launched more than 200 biomedical and technology startups, generating more than $1 billion in private investment. Each year, UF Innovate | Tech Licensing receives more than 300 invention disclosures on more than $800 million in UF research, signs over 100 licenses and options, and launches nearly 20 companies. The state's oldest, largest and most comprehensive university, Florida is among the nation's most academically diverse public universities and enrolls more than 50,000 students. The University of Florida has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities. UF was recently ranked as a top 15 Public University by U.S. News and World Report.
Gainesville, FL has experienced positive growth in conjunction with the University of Florida and is within a short distance to many of Florida’s cultural and recreational attractions.
The Assistant Director, Technology Licensing will work in UF Innovate | Technology Licensing within the Office of Research. The incumbent will conduct faculty outreach, manage their technology portfolio, connect with outside investors and CEOs, and must be able to effectively close deals as well as administer the necessary documentation for all of the above. Working as a team with a Licensing Assistant to relieve them of administrative workload, they will be expected to perform well above the national average for closing deals.
Excellent human relations skills including the ability to function in a team setting, work independently, with ability to improve the procedures of intellectual property intake. Knowledge of U. S. Patent Law.
Knowledge of computers and ability to use database.
Ability to organize and maintain records, to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments, to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, and policies and procedures.
Attention to detail
Key Initiatives for the New Assistant Director, Technology Licensing:
Manage Portfolio: Provide independent, ongoing liaison with inventors, patent attorneys, companies and institutions. Select attorney with appropriate experience related to the case. Draft communications relating to patent prosecution and license negotiation and maintenance. Review, monitor, approve and manage the legal costs associated with patenting and copyrighting related to the technology. Monitor license agreements for compliance to financial terms and due diligence. Draft and negotiate appropriate confidentiality agreements and evaluate Material Transfer Agreements related to UF owned technologies.
Close deals: Identify potential licensees and negotiate licensing terms to develop a mutually beneficial agreement to transfer university inventions from the laboratory to the marketplace. Construct license agreements with appropriate milestones and financial terms to ensure commercialization of UF technologies. Each licensing team has specific metrics for disclosures and deals for each fiscal year by which performance is reviewed and measured.
Faculty Outreach: Through their understanding of a wide variety of technologies in one or more of the following areas: therapeutics, life sciences or biotech sciences, must be able to apply and communicate to inventors the UF policies and procedures governing intellectual property rights while driving an increase in invention disclosures. Will investigate and monitor each case for impending publication, statutory bars and deadlines, and take appropriate action to assure the opportunity to protect the technology.
Connect with Investors and CEOs: Assist in identifying technologies suitable for specific investors and/or entrepreneurs and provide appropriate materials for their review.
Administration: Ensure that all relevant communications relating to a case are captured in the database and all records are entered accurately and in timely fashion. Work with the Division of Sponsored Programs to review and negotiate appropriate IP rights in research agreements. Negotiate inter-institutional agreements when an incoming technology is co-owned by another corporation, university or other third party. Obtain non-confidential descriptions of the technologies that are accepted for patenting. Notify research sponsor, federal funding agency, industrial sponsor, of the receipt of new intellectual property stemming from their support with UF researcher.
If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.
University of Florida is An Equal Opportunity Institution
Minimum: Master’s degree in appropriate area of specialization and two years of relevant experience or a bachelor’s degree in appropriate areas of specialization and four years of experience.
Preferred: A Master’s degree or Ph.D. in an appropriate area of specialization and at least two years of relevant experience in technology transfer.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
About University of Florida
The University of Florida, a public land-grant institution, is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and one of the five largest universities in the nation with 38,000 undergraduate and 10,000 graduate students. UF faculty attracted $644 million in research and training grants in 2013-2014, placing the university among the nation’s leading research institutions. It placed 4th nationally in number of start-ups, behind MIT and the University of California and Texas Systems. UF is among the nation’s most academically diverse universities, with 16 colleges offering 100 undergraduate degree programs, 200 graduate programs, and 30 combined degree programs. UF is a perennial national leader in attracting National Merit and National Achievement Scholars and in the number of patents awarded to faculty researchers.