The Office of the Vice President for Research, Technology Commercialization Services, is seeking an energetic, patent and licensing professional to join our technology-focused Licensing Team.
Under the direction of the Director of Technology Transfer, the Licensing Director will be responsible for managing the evaluation, patenting and licensing of a portfolio of University inventions in the physical sciences and engineering. This includes providing support to startup companies affiliated with the University.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Evaluating inventions disclosures received in the physical sciences and engineering for patentability and market potential, and assisting in similar evaluations for interdisciplinary inventions when appropriate.
Meeting with faculty and staff to aid in invention evaluations and to track progress of continued research related to inventions.
Participating in team-based review meetings for decisions on patenting and commercialization of inventions and presenting inventions for review as needed.
Managing patent prosecution for inventions in partnership with inventors and outside counsel.
Developing and executing invention-specific marketing plans, patent and commercialization strategies to attract potential licensees.
Negotiating options, licenses, letters of intent, term sheets, material transfer agreements, confidentiality agreement, etc.; and monitoring and managing compliance of such agreements.
Participating in discussions, advising and supporting decisions pertaining to the formation of University start-up companies.
Establishing strong relationships with relevant industry executives, investors, entrepreneurs and researchers in Connecticut, the region and beyond.
Helping develop and support programs devised to aid in the creation of startup companies by faculty and students, with access to information used in collective bargaining.
Supporting negotiation of sponsored research agreements as needed.
Working with other members of the OVPR to achieve the Office’s overall goals.
Performing other related duties as required.
Advanced degree in the physical sciences (Ph.D.) or engineering (MS) and a minimum of three (3) years of experience which may include a combination of management, marketing, product development, technology development, technology transfer and/or research demonstrating an ability to be entrepreneurial, identify and make effective contacts with industry resulting in partnerships, collaborations or business relationships.
Must possess strong interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to distill and articulate technical concepts in order to communicate effectively with both university scientists and industry representatives across a broad range of technologies.
Must have a demonstrated ability to understand the industrial relevance of early-stage inventions.
A combination of business and academic/R&D experience in the physical sciences or engineering. Experience in electrical engineering and or computer science is strongly preferred.
Strong writing and computer skills.
Knowledge of intellectual property management and patenting.
MBA or Ph.D.
Additional Salary Information: The University offers a competitive salary and outstanding benefits.
Internal Number: 2017370
About University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut (UConn) is a Land Grant and Sea Grant college and member of the Space Grant Consortium, and is ranked among the top 20 public universities in the nation according to the 2018 U.S. News and World Report. In support of an ambitious state investment in economic development, higher education and research, the Office of the Vice President for Research seeks highly motivated, skilled, and engaged individuals to work within an increasingly diverse and complex research environment.