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Job Summary The selected candidate will perform a broad range of technical and business functions related to patenting and licensing of inventions created at Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The ideal applicant will have strong technical skills combined with business acumen, and will be familiar with the fundamental principles of intellectual property. In addition, the successful candidate must be self-directed and comfortable in a fast-paced environment characterized by a high degree of ambiguity and uncertainty.
Job Duties - Confer with inventors to understand and evaluate the commercial potential of inventions. - Participate in making patent filing decisions, manage external attorneys during patent prosecution, and support maintenance of the existing Caltech/JPL patent portfolio. - Formulate and negotiate license and other agreements relating to intellectual property (e.g., non-disclosure agreements, inter-institutional agreements, collaboration agreements) between the Institute and external entities (both for-profit corporations and non-profit entities). - Support other campus offices (e.g., Office of Sponsored Research) on issues relating to intellectual property. - Monitor and maintain existing license agreements. - Advise Caltech entrepreneurs on available options for start-up companies, and assist/counsel entrepreneurs during startup formation. - Carry out ad-hoc projects as needed including tasks related to OTTCP operations, finances, entrepreneurship, and corporate partnership objectives, etc.
Basic Qualifications - Master's degree or higher in an engineering discipline, physics, biology, or chemistry. - Ability to comfortably communicate and establish and maintain positive working relationships with people as varied as top scientists, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, attorneys, CEOs, and other business people. - Must be a registered patent agent or will be required to take the patent bar examination during the first year of employment. - Strong interpersonal and communication skills. - Strong negotiating skills; ability to understand constraints of deal stakeholders (faculty, licensees, etc.) and successfully map onto overall strategy to ensure successful deal outcomes. - Ability to excel in an unstructured work environment with a minimum of management oversight. - Comfort with ambiguity, autonomous decision-making, and managing multiple priorities simultaneously. - Ability to grasp inventions in a wide range of fields outside own area of technical expertise.
Preferred Qualifications - Previous business experience at a start-up company, in venture capital, or in industry. - Demonstrated technical proficiency at the PhD level or higher in an engineering discipline, physics, biology, or chemistry.
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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