Required Qualifications (as evidenced by an attached resume): Bachelor's degree (foreign equivalent or higher) in engineering, mathematics, biomedical, physics, chemistry or a related field. Two (2) years of related full-time, progressively responsible technical and/or administrative experience. Experience with Microsoft Office Suite and/or Google Apps. Experience with subscription research services (eg. ZoomInfo, KtMine, Frost & Sullivan, InnovationQ/IP.com, GlobalData). Invention, intellectual property and/or business/market research and analysis experience.
Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree (foreign equivalent or higher) in engineering, mathematics, biomedical, physics, chemistry or a related field. A registered Patent Agent. Demonstrated experience in early stage technology assessment. Demonstrated experience in patent portfolio management. Experience in technology transfer on the academic and/or industry side. Demonstrated business acumen, including basic strategy, business model, and financial analysis. Experience in drafting and negotiating contracts. Working knowledge of patent law. Working knowledge of University and SUNY Research Foundation policies and procedures. Experience with project management.
Brief Description of Duties: The Licensing Specialist (LS) is broadly responsible for supporting Intellectual Property Partners (IPP) in commercializing Stony Brook innovation in partnership with both SBU faculty and the business community and, in so doing, bringing the benefits of research to the public. The full range of responsibilities includes invention identification, evaluation, and characterization in addition to working under the direction of an experienced Licensing Officer, to manage intellectual property, including patent prosecution, marketing, license negotiation, and contract management. In addition, the LS fosters development of the larger innovation ecosystem, both within the University and externally amongst the business community. The role requires a combination of scientific, intellectual property, and business acumen. In addition, success is dependent upon a strong ability to bring diverse constituencies together for successful collaboration. This position requires experience effectively multi-tasking in a fast-paced, dead-line driven environment with a high degree of accuracy and organization; exceptional ability to understand, evaluate, and communicate, in lay-person language, diverse, challenging scientific and technological subjects; excellent synthesis and summarization of complex subject matter; as well as a strong ability to define, structure, and drive multiple projects in parallel to demanding timelines. Through on-the-job training and mentoring by an experienced Licensing Officer, the successful candidate is expected to develop comprehensive working knowledge of the technology licensing process, marketing, patent management and negotiation of various technology transfer agreements, with the ultimate goal of having the capability to manage technology portfolios independently. In pursuing these responsibilities on behalf of SUNY and the Research Foundation for SUNY, it is imperative that all work be conducted in a timely manner under the best financial and legal conditions, in compliance with the appropriate federal and state law as well as SUNY and Research Foundation Patent Policy and sponsor regulations. The successful incumbent will have excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, exercising strong organizational and time-management skills with an exceptional attention to detail. Essential for this role is the adeptness to work independently as well as part of a team with a collaborative approach to problem solving.
Evaluate and characterize new inventions to determine commercial potential. This includes determination of strength of scientific / technological concept and data, intellectual property, and business model.
Identify and develop discussions with potential licensees, producing all necessary marketing materials. Provide support to the experienced Licensing Officer, in negotiating and closing strong option and license agreements with capable commercialization partners.
In support of the primary functions above:
Successfully manage a portfolio of projects
Facilitate, draft, and review confidentiality, memorandum of understanding, inter-institutional, material transfer, testing, and screening agreements
Maintain accurate, complete electronic records
Work with an experienced Licensing Officer to ensure compliance with relevant laws, regulations, and policies
Continuously improve process effectiveness and efficiency
With other IPP staff, manage business and financial components of portfolio, including patent costs, budgeting, and royalty distributions
Develop strong relationships with faculty to assist in understanding potential commercial application of research. Collaborate with faculty to ensure strong, complete invention disclosures. Conduct broad faculty education on commercialization. Facilitate a culture of innovation.
With other IPP staff, monitor and ensure compliance with the terms of the agreements.
Innovation Ecosystem: Build strong relationships with external partners, developing and expanding all components of the larger system required for successful commercialization on a continuous basis. This includes industry partners, investors, entrepreneurs, other SBU organizations, development organizations, and state and federal agencies, among others. Facilitate development of startups.
Under the direction and supervision of an experienced professional for commercially promising inventions, assist in developing strong claims, facilitate communication between patent attorneys and inventors during patent application and prosecution, and support internal prosecution processes.
Other duties as assigned.
Special Notes: The Research Foundation of SUNY is a private educational corporation. Employment is subject to the Research Foundation policies and procedures, sponsor guidelines and the availability of funding. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.
Due to U.S. Export Control laws and regulations, the candidate hired will need to be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or other "protected individual" (as defined by 8 U.S.C. Sec. 1324b(a)(3).
This position is eligible for alternative workplace arrangements/telework (remote or virtual) or hybrid.
Resume/CV and cover letter should be included with the online application.
Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning, and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.
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Job Number: 2200751
Official Job Title: Administrative Staff Assistant III
Job Field: Administrative & Professional (non-Clinical)
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