The licensing associate is responsible for negotiating material transfer agreements and non-disclosure agreements that flow through the Technology Transfer Office. Full responsibility for these documents includes recording receipt of the document, diligently pursuing the completion of each agreement by communicating and negotiating with the other party to the agreement in coordination with the case manager for the agreement, obtaining necessary signatures on final agreements and distributing completed agreement to all parties involved. Negotiation of these agreements is a highly technical task, both scientific and legal, and requires an understanding of university policy governing the office's position on a variety of negotiable items. In concert with, and/or support of, the more senior licensing positions in the Technology Transfer Office, is responsible for: the identification, evaluation and disposition of invention disclosures by Case Western Reserve University faculty, staff, and students; obtaining appropriate protection of inventions; vigorously marketing CWRU-developed biomedical technologies to industry; and structuring and negotiating complex licensing agreements; participating in the development of initiatives to inform and educate university faculty about technology transfer and nurturing a culture of entrepreneurship at the university.
1. Record, track, negotiate, and execute all material transfer agreements;
2. Support case management functions of the Licensing Managers, including: performing market research in support of the marketing of university-developed technologies in the life sciences, including biomedical sciences and technology, to industry;
3. Learn how to structure and negotiate complex legal agreements by serving as backup on a number of cases which are managed by Licensing Managers and assisting them as needed;
4. Participate in the development of initiatives to inform and educate CWRU faculty about technology transfer and nurturing a culture of entrepreneurship at the CWRU.
5. Facilitate the invention disclosure process on multiple projects, including technology evaluation; pre-marketing, communications, and reporting.
6. Identify potential external licensing partners in industry, government, and the not-for-profit sectors.
7. Structure and negotiate complex licensing agreements for CWRU-developed technologies.
8. Coordinate the legal review of these agreements; overseeing the follow-up and collection of royalties and other payments from active licenses.
9. Manage relationships internal and external to Case Western Reserve University relevant to disclosures and licensing.
10. Assist in developing up-to-date technology transfer databases and reports for the university.
11. Produce technology transfer education and support programs for faculty, students, and staff at Case Western Reserve University.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Department: Daily ongoing contact is necessary with the professional licensing team comprised of the AVP, technology management, the director, technology transfer, life sciences, the senior licensing managers, licensing managers, and other license associates.
University: Frequent contact is expected with faculty and staff in all units of the university who are directly relevant to technology transfer activities in the School of Medicine and other university departments engaged in life science.
External: Frequent ongoing contact with external partners in industry, government, not-for-profit sectors who are relevant to technology transfer at the university is also essential. These contacts include: patent/ intellectual property attorneys, marketing consultants, persons related to actual or potential university startup companies such as investors, candidates for positions in such startups, and professional support functions such as law, accounting, real estate, or insurance
Students: Little or no contact with students.
Experience: 2 to 3 years experience in a biomedical research environment, handling biological materials.
Education: Bachelor's degree in a life science field (e.g., biology, chemistry, genetics) is required. Post-graduate work in biology, chemistry, other life science-based field, or graduate business program (e.g., M.B.A) is strongly preferred.
1. Ability to work with highly complex material, both legal and technical.
2. Ability to process work with a sense of urgency, while paying attention to detail.
3. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to handle multiple tasks.
4. Ability to remain calm and deal with high pressure situations diplomatically.
5. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
6. Must be organized with demonstrated ability to work with little or no supervision.
7. Must possess the ability to prioritize workload and work efficiently.
8. Must possess ability for independent problem solving.
9. Must possess a professional demeanor and appearance.
10. Computer literate, with extensive working knowledge of e-mail, database software, spreadsheet software, word processing software, and use of the World Wide Web.
11. Knowledge of legal databases and the USPTO is preferred.
12. Demonstrated project management capabilities.
13. Ability to concurrently manage multiple diverse projects.
14. Working knowledge of the disciplines of biomedical sciences. Personal dedication to and fascination with the "endless frontier" of evolving science and technology.
15. Creativity and problem solving capabilities; perseverance to get things done, to high standards.
16. High energy and stamina to remain effective under stress and in long-drawn-out projects.
17. Ability to work under pressure, pay attention to detail, meet inflexible deadlines on own initiative, and deal with difficult situations while maintaining composure.
This position offers an attractive office environment on campus. In addition to working in his/her own office, the job will also require a substantial amount of "moving around" by the incumbent including (a) frequent contacts with others on campus in their locations, (b) contacts with professionals and others in Cleveland and elsewhere, (c) travel around the US and perhaps occasional international travel. The workload and job requirements of this position are expected to be intense, permitting little or no functions and activities other than those deemed essential by TTO management.
In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.
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