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Job Req ID:  17076

Technology Transfer Associate


General Summary/Purpose:

Reporting to the Portfolio Director the Technology Transfer Associate/IP Manager works to identify and protect inventions resulting from university research.  Through interactions with faculty members, staff, students, and outside counsel, the IP Manager manages patent prosecution and disclosure-related tasks.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Reviews pre-analysis checklists and uses the information provided along with the other disclosure documents to prepare new disclosure summaries including conducting preliminary prior art analysis, if necessary, to identify patentable and commercially valuable subject matter.
  • Evaluates inventions for intellectual property potential and works closely with IP counsel to file for appropriate IP protection, i.e., patent applications, copyrights, trademarks, etc.
  • Works closely with internal staff and groups to generate IP landscapes for invention disclosures to identify market opportunities.
  • Engages in outreach and education related to JHTV’s mission, intellectual property and technology transfer practices.
  • Develops IP protection strategies for inventions retained by the university in consultation with licensing staff, inventors and IP counsel.  Implements the strategies.
  • Directs patent counsel in the preparation, filing and prosecution of U.S. and international patent applications.
  • Maintains a Computer Packages (CPI) docket for tracking filing obligations for their assigned portfolio.
  • Provides oversight and management of the patent budget for assigned cases.
  • Establishes and maintains contacts with industry IP managers, patent counsel and representatives at other academic institutions.
  • Works with Safesforce and Inteum databases to review IP for encumbrances or other issues before marketing material is sent to potential licensees.


Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • An advanced degree in science, business or law is required. 
  • The strongest candidate will have a working knowledge of intellectual property management and patenting that is typically gained through a minimum of 1 year of related intellectual property management experience.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Registered Patent Agent strongly preferred. 
  • Additional experience beyond one year is strongly preferred.


Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Basic understanding of intellectual property
  • Good organizational skills including ability to multi‐task and prioritize
  • High level of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Demonstrated skills in oral and written communication
  • Ability to converse on scientific and technical matters in a variety of disciplines with investigators, outside counsel and non‐scientific staff
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels of the organization and to work in a collaborative team environment
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality


Classified Title: Technology Transfer Associate 
Working Title: Technology Transfer Associate 
Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PE 
Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F/8;30am-5pm 
Exempt Status: Exempt  
Location: 04-MD:School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: 60006026-Tech Transfer 
Personnel area: Academic and Business Centers


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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