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Senior Licensing Manager, College of Science and Tech Launch Arizona

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The University of Arizona’s (UA) Tech Launch Arizona (TLA), working with the UA College of Science (COS), is seeking a self-motivated, outgoing individual with a scientific degree and experience in technology transfer and demonstrated ability to work independently for a Senior Licensing Manager (LM) position. This position will work primarily with COS faculty and is a joint report to the TLA Asst. VP and the COS Asst. Dean for External and Corporate Relations.

Duties and responsibilities: 

  • Familiarize the faculty, staff, and students with technology transfer in terms of purpose, intellectual property, process, and value of commercialization to the College, inventors, community, and Arizona;
  • Understand the research activities across COS departments (including Chem/BioChem, Physics, Geosciences, Biology, Psychology, and other life and physical sciences) and the potential of that research for intellectual property (IP) protection and impact through commercialization;
  • Foster relationships with COS 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;
  • Help to assess and prioritize inventions for TLA’s Asset Development funding;
  • Work with TLA marketing and business intelligence 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 prosecution and other protection of inventions;
  • Negotiate various agreements, including licenses or options for intellectual property rights, and manage ongoing relationships with licensees;
  • Participate in outreach events to promote TLACOS, 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;
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum qualificiations: 

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university, with major studies in chemistry, or other science related field;
  • 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.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a related field;
  • Experience in the chemical industry;
  • At least two 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;
  • Working knowledge of intellectual property, specifically patents.

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