Assistant Director, Technology Licensing

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Sep 12, 2023
Full Time - Continuing

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Assistant Director, Technology Licensing

Job Description:

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: agriculture, food science, veterinary medicine, 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.

Assist with entrepreneurship: Work with UF Innovate | Ventures, UF Innovate | Pathways and entrepreneur-in-residence to assist faculty with forming or participating in startup companies.

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. Work with a Compliance Manager to notify research sponsor, federal funding agency, industrial sponsor, of the receipt of new intellectual property stemming from their support with UF researcher.

Expected Salary:

Commensurate with Education and Experience

Minimum Requirements:

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 Qualifications:

A Ph.D. in a relevant technical discipline with experience working in or with agbiotech or agriculture in the private sector, plus technology licensing or technology management experience is preferable.

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.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In order to be considered, you must upload your cover letter, resume and list of professional references.

This is not a remote work position, and it is located on the University of Florida main campus in Gainesville, FL.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

Health Assessment Required: No