Licensing Associate

November 06, 2012 - December 20, 2012
Location:Lawrence, KS
Salary Range:Negotiable; commensurate with education and/or experience
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:The KUMC Research Institute is a 501(c)3 corporation providing research management services to the KUMC campus. The KU Center for Technology Commercialization (KUCTC) is responsible for commercializing KU technologies. This position requires an experienced professional to work with the Director, Assistant Director and faculty researchers in engineering to evaluate/market new inventions and negotiate/manage various agreements, (CDA, MTA, licensing), with industrial and academic collaborators.

This position will also manage a portion of the KU engineering patent portfolio, work closely with outside counsel and faculty inventors to coordinate all aspects of the patenting process and ensure compliance with institutional policies, Bayh-Dole regulations and applicable law. This position offers an opportunity to; participate in a wide range of technology transfer experiences, work with a well-organized data base and participate in building and managing the university’s intellectual property enterprise.


  • Responsible for conducting analysis, evaluation and prioritization of “next steps” to develop and process new disclosures.

  • Conduct research on market sectors and competing technologies to valuate the new technology. Recommend and execute marketing strategies.

  • Market new technologies to companies, identify appropriate commercial partners, negotiate/draft agreements and promote sponsored research opportunities. Commercialization will include licensing to existing companies or developing start-up companies.

  • Coordinate and monitor office database activities daily to ensure timely technology transfer date entries. Willingness to follow established technology transfer management procedures is essential to success in this position.

  • Work with the patent portfolio and outside counsel patent prosecution, participate in faculty meetings and develop patent strategies. Track, review and monitor legal costs associated with protecting university technology.

  • Provide mentoring and guidance to technology transfer student interns. Conducting due diligence by monitoring licensee obligations to meet milestones and reporting requirements. Develop recommendations for standard office operating procedures as needed.

  • Provide regular updates to the Assistant Director on assigned duties. Develop reports as requested using technology transfer database capabilities.

  • The above-mentioned list is only a summary of the typical functions of the job, not an exhaustive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, duties, and assignments.

  • Qualifications:Required

  • Degree in engineering or business AND 3 or more years of relevant work experience. Engineering and/or related business experience in lieu of advanced degree will be considered.

  • Team player with excellent interpersonal skills, understanding of faculty needs and understanding of the university research enterprise.

  • Ability to work closely with researchers, top-level administrators and senior business executives while maintaining a pleasant work atmosphere.

  • Ability to work under pressure, self-motivate and manage multiple projects with great attention to detail.

  • Ability to meet inflexible deadlines, close licensing transactions timely and resolve tech transfer issues professionally.

  • Knowledgeable of patent prosecution process, to include; prior art searches, preliminary evaluation of novelty and business significance of patent claims.

  • Ability to work closely with patent attorneys to ensure timely filings.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to translate scientific concepts, (for marketing purposes), into comprehensible language.

  • Demonstrate a strong desire to develop skills and excel in tech transfer field.

  • Proficient in internet and PC software applications.

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