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The University of Arizona (UA) Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) is seeking a self-motivated, outgoing individual with experience in technology transfer and demonstrated ability to work independently as a Manager of Intellectual Property. The position reports to the Director of Licensing. This position will be part of the broader Tech Launch Arizona network of resources. The Intellectual Property Manager has primary responsibility for activities supporting the Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) mission to protect University of Arizona Intellectual Property (IP) assets that are under the disposition of TLA. The position is responsible for ensuring IP records and documents are accurate and can be easily retrieved. The IP Manager has supporting responsibility for activities related to commercialization of the IP assets and overseeing compliance with federal rules requiring submission of reports to federal sponsors. The IP Manager will also supervise and when necessary train the IP staff who assist with TLA's patenting functions, as well as student interns. 

Duties & Responsibilities:

1) Patent Asset Protection

The IP manager will work primarily with outside counsel to file patent applications and track deadlines throughout prosecution until issuance and maintain patents in force, as well as work with the licensing staff to relay patent prosecution instructions to counsel and assist new licensees with the patent process. Specific duties include:

  • Engages external approved attorneys for new patent filings, analyses, and responses to Office Actions/Restriction Requirements, etc.
  • Responsible for securing University ownership of intellectual property by managing completion of assignment documents in a timely manner.
  • Act as the primary contact person at the UA for governmental agency personnel who monitor our compliance with federal law with respect to IP.
  • Monitors prosecution deadlines and coordinates responses and actions.
  • Reviews ownership and inventorship matters with licensing managers for each patent filing and instructs counsel in this regard.
  • Maintains complete patent files including entering prosecution information into the database and updates and clarifies patent records. 
  • Coordinates review of potential attorney conflicts of interest with Office of General Counsel

2) Financial Accountability

  • Oversight of IP related costs, actively investigates cost-saving measures.
  • Obtains cost estimates from attorneys for projects during prosecution.
  • Approves or denies requests from attorneys for increases in the not-to-exceed amount for projects, with the assistance of the Director of licensing for amounts over $500.
  • Coordinates certification of patent attorneys, orientation function for new attorneys and communicates procedures to new patent counsel.

3) Support for Commercialization

  • Reviews license, option and inter-institutional agreements as needed to correctly relate patent information and prosecution/maintenance provisions.
  • Ensures that co-owners and licensees receive required patent correspondence.
  • Corresponds with partners and licensees on ownership issues and patent deadlines.
  • Corresponds with licensees controlling prosecution and associated attorneys to maintain complete communication and division of duties.

4) Compliance Activities

  • Coordinates with the Director of licensing the waiver and election of title to government funded patents and manages this process.
  • Reviews draft and filed patent applications for Bayh-Dole compliance.
  • Reporting/Disclosure supervision.

5) Supervisory Activities

  • Hires, trains, and supervises IP Docket Clerk, responsible for patent docketing management.
  • Hires, trains, and supervises business analysis / internal database management, and government compliance personnel.
  • Serve as the point-person for database vendor contacts involving program updating and maintenance.
  • Reviews draft and filed patent applications for Bayh-Dole compliance.

Knowledge, skills & abilities:

  • Strong business ethics and service orientation; Superior communication skills, both oral and written; and
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, peers, academics, and other professionals, including external agencies, with varied interests and perspectives.

For all qualifications and a link to apply online, visit

The Tech Launch Arizona Venture Development team facilitates the creation of new ventures founded on UArizona inventions. The Student Entrepreneurial Fellow Program allows graduate students, working on behalf of UArizona, to gain practical startup company and technology commercialization experience. This is an incredible opportunity to build a resume, gain knowledge of the entrepreneurial process, and work with a team of seasoned entrepreneurs and executives (TLA Mentors-in-Residence (MIR)) dedicated to launching successful startup companies.

As Entrepreneurial Fellows, students will assist in the assessment of early-stage technologies for commercial potential, discuss concepts that drive design thinking, apply customer discovery methods, develop business and financial models, engage in the daily operations of a startup, shadow the MIRs in mentoring activities, and serve as TLA ambassadors on campus and in the community to promote commercialization activities.

Opportunities Available

TLA is seeking to fill multiple Entrepreneurial Fellow positions. Students have the opportunity to focus on a portfolio of industry-specific startups, like life science, software or physical sciences, or to focus on a particular functional area like finance or marketing.

Duties and Responsibilities

Students are asked to commit 10 hours per week. Their responsibilities will include:

  • Attend startup meetings and help with follow-up actions
  • Conduct industry research that may span multiple projects in the portfolio
  • Work with MIRs to develop startup materials; this may include developing the value proposition, financial model, business model, executive summary, pitch deck, company descriptors, or other materials as determined by the team
  • Attend workshops and training sessions with startups as schedule permits
  • Attend campus and community events with TLA where appropriate and as schedule permits
  • Attend regular meetings with the Venture Development team to discuss ongoing projects


  • Must be a graduate student
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Ability to commit to working 10 hours per week during the academic semester
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability and willingness to contribute ideas and thoughts to the Venture Development team
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple projects
  • Ability to take initiative and be a self-starter
  • Ability to independently manage several tasks and projects simultaneously
  • Ability to execute work with thoroughness and attention to detail
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team environment
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications, including Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

For information about applying for this opportunity, check out Handshake, #4331164. If you have questions, contact Ellen Ogley,

Your opportunity is now: you can play a key role in the commercialization assessment of new inventions stemming from UA research.
  • Work with technologies from six major intellectual property (IP) generating colleges of the University: Optical Sciences; Agriculture and Life Sciences; Engineering; Medicine; Eller IT/Informatics; and Science.
  • Assess early-stage inventions for their commercialization potential.
  • Help identify, formulate, and communicate about commercial and IP opportunities for such inventions.

We’re looking for people with experience in a technical field related to either physical science or life science (optics, chemistry, engineering, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, life science, software, etc.) Do your personal experiences or major field of study make you a strong candidate?

Send your resume and cover letter to Jace Langen,