Berkeley Lab has a new opening for a Senior Technology Commercialization Associate in the Intellectual Property Office. Reporting to the Chief Technology Transfer Officer, you will play a key role in bringing Berkeley Lab’s science solutions to the world by managing and commercializing the intellectual property (IP) portfolio of assigned research divisions. You will be responsible for advising Berkeley Lab employees on matters relating to managing and commercializing IP, including supporting entrepreneurial opportunities, advising on industry collaboration, and providing regular updates on status and progress of management and commercialization efforts. In addition, you will interact with a broad range of professionals, including researchers, administrators, leadership, patent attorneys, contracting professionals, and business development professionals.
This is a great opportunity to join a dynamic, multidisciplinary research institution and work with a community creating ground-breaking science solutions across the energy, computing, environment, biosciences, and physics areas.
What You Will Do:
Manage the IP portfolio of assigned research divisions by evaluating and prioritizing new and existing technologies, and developing and implementing appropriate IP strategies.
Encourage invention disclosures by networking with scientists and educating them on technology transfer.
- Review technology disclosures and related information to identify critical technology, market, and IP issues.
- Evaluate technical, market, and IP hypotheses (e.g., product-market fit, market dynamics, go-to-market strategies, patentability, licensability) by conducting independent research and engaging industry.
- Prioritize technologies according to commercial and/or programmatic potential based on the results of hypothesis testing.
- Develop appropriate IP strategies to maximize impact while managing costs and overhead.
Manage the licensing life cycle to commercialize the IP portfolio of assigned research divisions.
- Identify potential licensees using outbound and inbound marketing approaches, including contacting leads, networking at conferences, and visiting business and investors.
- Develop satisfactory commercialization plans in collaboration with potential licensees and negotiate business terms, including license scopes and financial terms, with potential licensees and contracting professionals.
- Ensure licensees comply with licensing obligations by maintaining relationships with licensees and measuring and promoting compliance.
Advise Berkeley Lab researchers, administrators, and leadership on all matters relating to managing and commercializing IP, including supporting entrepreneurial opportunities, advising on industry collaboration issues, and providing regular updates on status and progress of management and commercialization efforts.
What is Required:
Bachelor's degree in the physical sciences with either an MBA or 5 years of business development experience; or an advanced degree in the physical sciences and 2 years of business development experience; or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
Experience with or demonstrated capability to learn IP subject matter, including IP law, IP transactions, and IP portfolio management.
Strong interpersonal and communication skills to effectively network and interact with researchers, patent attorneys, contracting professionals, and business development professionals in many contexts.
Excellent negotiation and consensus building skills.
Ability to develop strategies and goals, organize work toward those strategies and goals, and solve problems that might be encountered in executing work.
Computer literacy, including web-based research and use of intellectual property databases and office productivity software.
Experience with University of California and Department of Energy policies regarding IP and related matters.
Project management experience a plus.
This is a full-time career appointment, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
Work will be primarily performed at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, 1 Cyclotron Road, Berkeley, CA.
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Berkeley Lab (LBNL, http://www.lbl.gov/) addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.