Department: Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (OEI)
The George Mason University Office of Technology Transfer invites applications for a highly motivated 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.
About the Department:
The Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) is responsible for protecting intellectual property (IP) rights of inventions by faculty, researchers, and students at GMU. OTT also accelerates and facilitates the commercialization of university research and technology. In the past few years, Mason's disclosures have increased 53% and its need for licensing support has increased.
About the Position:
The Licensing Associate reports directly to the Director of OTT and will assist in all aspects of protecting and commercializing new technologies developed at GMU. This position manages a docket of technologies, builds faculty relationships, performs technology assessments, and develops licenses.
Promote the mission and business of OTT by developing strong and positive relationships with GMU faculty and students, Legal Counsel, prospective and actual licensees, and colleagues;
Participate in university outreach to educate inventors about IP and commercialization;
Solicit and evaluate invention disclosures for patentability and commercial potential;
With concurrence of the Director, authorize patent applications; facilitate the communication between patent attorneys and inventors during the application and prosecution of patents;
Formulate and implement IP management, copyrights and licensing strategies;
Develop strategies/plans for marketing inventions and technologies to industry;
Identify potential commercial applications and business partners for GMU inventions;
Communicate industry feedback to faculty as needed;
Draft, negotiate and execute licenses, and other related contracts such as confidentiality agreement, material transfer agreement, joint invention agreement, research collaboration agreement and license agreement;
Provide continuous management of existing licensing agreements for performance, compliance, and payment of associated fees;
Work collaboratively across various stakeholders within the university;
Perform other duties within the scope of the position, as required by OTT or the university.
Master's degree in Science, preferably with expertise in Engineering or Computer Science or Life Science or a related field;
Minimum of two years of direct technology transfer experience;
Working knowledge of intellectual property law, intellectual property evaluation, and contracts, especially as it pertains to a university; experience in working collaboratively with researchers or technical staff in intellectual property matters;
Ability to understand complex technology and perform technical feasibility, competitive landscape analysis and market analysis;
Ability to handle a wide variety of projects simultaneously to meet deadlines and be productive within a dynamic and ever-changing environment;
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with management, peers, academics, and other professionals, including external agencies, with varied interests and perspectives;
Self-starter with ability to work independently as well as in a team is necessary;
Entrepreneurial, communication and interpersonal skills are critical for success in this position;
Have a strong orientation toward customer service.
Advanced degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Bio-med Engineering or MBA strongly preferred;
A background in licensing, negotiating, and significant record of successful technology evaluation and transfer in areas of engineering, physical sciences, software and devices;
Some experience in the following areas: drafting and negotiating license agreements within a university/non-profit institution; working knowledge of intellectual property process, including Patents, Copyrights, Trademarks, Trade Secrets and or some business experience.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience
Location: Fairfax, VA
Mason Ad Statement:
Great Careers Begin at Mason!
George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report “Up and Coming” spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.
Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason’s diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.
If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at jobs.gmu.edu/!
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Special Instructions to Applicants:
For full consideration, applicants must apply at https://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, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 48971
About George Mason University
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.