The George Mason University Office of Technology Transfer is currently seeking a Licensing Associate. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
This position reports directly to the Associate Director/Director and will participate in all aspects of protecting and commercializing new technologies developed at the George Mason University. Responsibilities include:
Evaluation of new invention disclosures from faculty, and manage ongoing portfolio of intellectual property, including, pre-disclosure, disclosed, provisional applications, non-provisional applications, published patents, and pending licenses;
Market university technology portfolio along with negotiating and drafting various agreements including licensing agreements;
Focus on marketing intellectual property (IP) to prospective licensees, using a variety of methods and approaches to understand the marketplace; and to identify potential licensees, including use of informational public databases and direct contact with prospective licensees and partners;
Responsible for license compliance communications and performing other duties within the scope of the position, as assigned;
Establish and maintain positive relationships with Mason investigators regarding research innovations, their potential markets and associated confidentiality and IP contractual issues; and
Participate with the Associate Director/Director in establishing terms and conditions for option and technology license agreements and assists in networking for potential licensees.
Master’s degree in engineering or computer science, or a closely related field;
Some familiarity with market research and technology evaluation;
Some experience in technology transfer and negotiation of complex agreements, preferably in an academic setting;
Strong interpersonal skills;
Accomplished communication skills both orally and in writing;
Excellent interpersonal skills; and comfortable working with multiple constituents, including faculty, industry representatives, and attorneys;
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously with little supervision; and
A self-starter with an ability to work effectively independently as well as part of a team is necessary.
Recent Ph.D. in engineering or computer science, or M.B.A. or J.D. in a closely related field is a plus;
Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain professional relationships is strongly desired;
At least one year of specific experience in the following areas: drafting and negotiating license agreements within a University/non-profit institution; ability to perform technical feasibility and competitive landscape analyses; performing market analyses; performing preliminary patentability assessments; and new venture creation; and
Working knowledge of intellectual property law, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and/or some business experience is a plus.
Salary: Up to $80,000; commensurate with education and experience.
Criminal Background Check: Standard Background Check
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number FA57Ez at http://jobs.gmu.edu/; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.
George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.
George Mason University is Virginia's largest public university located in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, public policy, economics, visual and performing arts, life sciences and biotechnology, Mason prepares its alumni to succeed in the workforce and meet the needs of the region and the world.