The Intellectual Property (IP) Manager is responsible for overseeing the patent portfolio for the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) at Ohio State. The Manager will manage the growth of TCO's patent and other IP portfolios and ensure IP due diligence and research prior to patent filing. The Manager will work with licensing managers and legal professionals to maintain an extensive patent portfolio by interacting on a regular basis with outside vendors of legal services. The Manager will build and maintain positive working relationships with intellectual property law firms and assist in the evaluation of law firm performance to determine the most strategic partnerships. The interaction will include overseeing substantive work product and patent filings, managing attorneys and paralegals, invoicing, and process adherence. The IP Manager will work closely with the Licensing Managers to develop processes for outside vendors that enable the team to meet its goals.
The IP Manager is also responsible for analyzing the University's patent portfolio and making decisions on prioritization, reporting back to leadership on a periodic basis. They will be expected to stay current on patent law changes, both domestically and internationally, and to implement these changes into the current process. The Manager will also support the Licensing Managers with licensing transactions related to IP assets. In addition, training for TCO employees and faculty regarding the IP process and any changes to the process will be performed. The IP Manager is responsible for supervising the Patent Coordinator and the Legal and Intellectual Property Interns. Key responsibilities include:
Oversees patent research process. Ensures invention due diligence and research prior to coordinating patent requests with law firms. Ensures patent compliance at all stages of process by ensuring proper reporting to grant agency such as the NIH. Supervises Patent Coordinator and Legal and Intellectual Property Interns.
Builds and maintains positive working relationships with local intellectual property law firms; liaison with firm on patent prosecution and remains current on patent rules and regulations, both foreign and domestic. Organizes training for TCO employees, seminars with law firms, and other professional development regarding patents for staff and faculty.
Analyzes and prioritizes patent portfolio. Directs Patent Coordinator to ensure effective reporting formats. Prioritizes decision making, ensures that all necessary decisions meet deadlines. Manages invoice charging process to ensure efficiency and determine cost savings initiatives. Manages database and creates standard operating procedures for patent process.
Manages the communication channel between internal team and outside firms to ensure that all IP related strategy decisions are implemented and the internal team is updated about key developments.
5 years of experience in patent portfolio management.
Experience in a project management role.
Strong attention to detail.
Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Proficient with Microsoft Excel and experience using a patent management database.
Ability to adapt to a complex, multifunctional environment.
Time management and prioritization skills.
Ability to work as a team player.
Bachelor’s or equivalent experience and experience in corporate licensing or university technology commercialization/transfer. Desired: JD, Paralegal or patent agent.
Procedure for Consideration:
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