Senior Licensing Manager, Eller College of Management
The University of Arizona (UA) Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) working with Eller College of Management (Eller), is seeking a self-motivated, outgoing individual with experience in technology transfer and demonstrated ability to work independently in a Senior Licensing Manager (LM) position. This position will work primarily with Eller and other UA faculty inventors and creators in the software and information technology (IT) domain and reports to the Director of Licensing and the Vice Dean for Eller College of Management.
TLA is the University of Arizona unit with the primary mission of ensuring greater cohesion among University researchers, the business community, and organizations supporting technology commercialization to significantly enhance the impact of UA research and creative endeavors. TLA represents a prioritization and resource enhancement of the University’s technology commercialization efforts. The Eller LM, working directly with faculty, staff, and students, will help to significantly expand the UA portfolio of copyright, software and IT based intellectual property and realize the impact associated with important inventions and discoveries.
Federal regulations require that the incumbent be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident to be ITAR/EAR compliant.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Familiarize the faculty, staff, and students with technology transfer in terms of purpose, intellectual property relevant to software and IT, process, and value of commercialization at the Eller and University levels;
- Help streamline the technology commercialization process for software and IT related inventors and creators by shepherding invention disclosures, CDAs, patent applications, marketing collateral, term sheets, options, license agreements, and other necessary elements in the technology transfer process;
- Understand the research activities across Eller and UA and assess the potential of those research activities for intellectual property (IP) protection and commercialization;
- Participate as a valued added contributor in grant proposals, industry contracts and related activities;
- Work with Eller and other UA students to appropriately involve them in classroom, internship and employment opportunities related to software and IT commercialization;
- Attend software and IT research seminars and related research and commercialization events;
- Foster relationships with software and IT focused faculty to make them aware of commercial potential for their research, both present and future;
- Work independently to guide inventors through invention disclosures, NDAs, conflict of interest considerations associated with startups, and other interactions with TLA, including meaningful prior art searches and results;
- Work with inventors to determine technology milestones, timelines for moving technology into a commercial product, and appropriate IP strategies, and help to assess and prioritize inventions for TLA’s Asset Development funding;
- Work with TLA marketing and market research manager teams to identify potential licensees and contacts within those companies;
- Work with researchers, TLA Intellectual Property Manager and team, and outside patent counsel to manage patent applications and the prosecution of inventions and filing of copyrights;
- Negotiate various agreements, including licenses or options for intellectual property rights, and manage ongoing relationships with licensees;
- Participate in outreach events to promote Eller, TLA and licensing opportunities;
- Senior Licensing Managers are expected to carry a larger caseload, perform their duties with minimal supervision, and act as a mentor to newer members of the licensing staff; and
- Additional duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with major studies in information technology, management information systems, computer science, or related domain;
- At least two years’ experience in software and IT industry/field, with a preference for software, including possibly software product management, technology licensing, business development, contract negotiation, or commercial assessment and the development, preparation, review, or execution of contracts in IT related domains;
- General knowledge of intellectual property law, intellectual property evaluation, and contracts, especially as pertains to a university setting; Experience working collaboratively with researchers or technical staff in intellectual property matters;
- Experience as a team player who seeks, and uses effectively, instruction and advice from professional colleagues;
- Strong business ethics and service orientation; Superior communication skills, both oral and written;
- Multi-faceted negotiation skills with the ability to express complex ideas and positions clearly and succinctly; and
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, peers, academics, and other professionals, including external agencies, with varied interests and perspectives.
- Master’s degree or equivalent in an IT related field;
- Five or more years’ technology licensing, business development, contract negotiation, or commercial assessment experience, including the development, preparation, review, or execution of a wide range of business contracts;
- Experience in working collaboratively with researchers, creators or technical staff in IP matters in IT related domains as would be encountered in a university setting;
- Experience working with mobile applications;
- Working knowledge of intellectual property, specifically patents.
Location/Region: Tucson, AZ