The Massachusetts Institute of Technology invites applications for an Intellectual Property Officer working in the dynamic environment of the Technology Licensing Office (TLO). In this position, embodying a unique overlap of technology, business, and law, you will come to know well some of the world’s brightest scientists and engineers. Working closely with TLO colleagues you will lead the strategic management of MIT’s vast patent portfolio. With ~2,600 issued and ~1,500 pending US patents and over 350 new US patent applications annually, this role will work closely with licensing colleagues to ensure the appropriate protection of MIT’s intellectual assets.
You will work at the heart of Kendall Square, to assist colleagues who disseminate MIT technology to companies small and large through licensing and collaborative research agreements. Responsibilities include being the relationship manager with patent law firms hired to prosecute MIT’s patents. You must be able to work closely with Inventors and Technology Licensing Officers working in a wide range of technology areas to provide guidance on prosecution strategy. You will be responsible for managing three administrative staff. This position will play a key leadership role in developing and implementing strategies for improving the quality and value of MIT’s IP assets.
Interested candidates should apply on-line at http://careers.mit.edu/. Please reference job number 14681 and indicate where you saw this posting. MIT is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Applications from women, minorities, veterans, older workers, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged. MIT is unable to consider candidates for this position who are not either a legal permanent resident or a US citizen
A B.S. in science or engineering required and you must be a registered Patent Agent (USPTO) a law degree and/or advanced degree MSc and Ph.D. is preferred. You must have extensive, thorough, up-to-date knowledge of patenting processes, rules, procedures and practices surrounding U.S. and foreign patent prosecution. The ideal candidate will have a broad range of patent related experience, including significant experience in invention evaluation, strategic patent portfolio management, and drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications. Significant experience managing docketing, billing, budgets etc. as part of a legal operation. In-house experience in a university environment is a plus. Excellent verbal and written communications skills are required, as are strong interpersonal skills that reflect courtesy, diplomacy, and a collaborative approach to develop and maintain effective working relationships. You must have experience managing a team of people and have experience in successfully leading and implementing change in a vibrant working environment.
M.I.T.'s Technology Licensing Office's mission is to foster commercial investment in the development of inventions and discoveries flowing from the research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Lincoln Laboratory. We do this through licensing of the intellectual property resulting from our research.