Licensing Associate

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: College Station, TEXAS
Job Type: FullTime

Job Title

Licensing Associate

Agency

Texas A&M Agrilife Research

Department

Research Director Staff

Proposed Minimum Salary

Commensurate

Job Location

College Station, Texas

Job Type

Staff

Job Description

Texas A&M AgriLife Research Intellectual Property & Commercialization (IPaC) is looking for a Licensing Associate to join their team to facilitate the transfer of new discoveries from Texas A&M AgriLife-supported research to benefit the public. IPaC manages a technology portfolio from Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, AgriLife Research Centers and Institutes, Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, Texas A&M Forest Service, and parts of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

Job Description Summary:

The Licensing Associate will be responsible for supporting the management of a portfolio of intellectual property originating from Texas A&M AgriLife Research administered-research funding. This position evaluates an assigned portfolio of innovations in various stages of development, tangible research properties, and copyright materials developed from AgriLife Research funded programs within the A&M System for technical utility, commercial potential, and available protection under federal and state statutes. The Licensing Associate, under direction of the Program Director, accomplishes the transfer of proprietary research results to commercial application through license agreements with industry partners. Primary duties include:

  • Assist/advise faculty and researchers in the process of invention disclosure and intellectual property matters.
  • Review, analyze and evaluate new disclosures for technical development, patentability, commercial potential, and practical utilities.
  • Assist the Program Director to recommend strategy for statutory protection and best path to market.
  • Conduct market research, projection and valuation of technologies.
  • Contact potential licensees and explain the possible utilities and value of new innovations to entice their interests.
  • Propose and negotiate, with oversight of the Program Director, reasonable terms and conditions for licensing rights to use technologies with potential licensees.
  • Represents the Program Director to interact with Texas A&M Technology Commercialization support staff to ensure assigned disclosure and agreement information is accurate.
  • Represents the Program Director to interact with AgriLife Corporate Relations, AgriLife Contract Office, Sponsored Research Services, AgriLife administration, and departments/colleges/centers as a resource for intellectual property matters.
  • Interacts with other Texas A&M System member commercialization offices regarding matters of common interest.
  • Assist Program Director in educational activities to increase general awareness of intellectual property matters among faculty and staff.
  • Coordinate with other licensing staff regarding licensing opportunities, disclosure management, and technology transfer topics.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in applicable field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Two years of related experience in in technology transfer in academia or industry setting.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others. Strong analytical and organizational skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to present information clearly and concisely. Ability to draft and interpret legal language in contracts and other documents. Technical writing skills and ability to draft and read legal language in various contracts and other documents.

Preferred Education/Experience:

MBA, Master’s and/or PhD in Agriculture or Life Sciences.

Preferred Knowledge/Skills:

Familiarity with The Texas A&M University System (A&M System) policies relating to intellectual property, faculty consulting, and sponsored research.


Note to Applicants: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.



Job Title

Licensing Associate

Agency

Texas A&M Agrilife Research

Department

Research Director Staff

Proposed Minimum Salary

Commensurate

Job Location

College Station, Texas

Job Type

Staff

Job Description

Texas A&M AgriLife Research Intellectual Property & Commercialization (IPaC) is looking for a Licensing Associate to join their team to facilitate the transfer of new discoveries from Texas A&M AgriLife-supported research to benefit the public. IPaC manages a technology portfolio from Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, AgriLife Research Centers and Institutes, Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, Texas A&M Forest Service, and parts of the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.

Job Description Summary:

The Licensing Associate will be responsible for supporting the management of a portfolio of intellectual property originating from Texas A&M AgriLife Research administered-research funding. This position evaluates an assigned portfolio of innovations in various stages of development, tangible research properties, and copyright materials developed from AgriLife Research funded programs within the A&M System for technical utility, commercial potential, and available protection under federal and state statutes. The Licensing Associate, under direction of the Program Director, accomplishes the transfer of proprietary research results to commercial application through license agreements with industry partners. Primary duties include:

  • Assist/advise faculty and researchers in the process of invention disclosure and intellectual property matters.
  • Review, analyze and evaluate new disclosures for technical development, patentability, commercial potential, and practical utilities.
  • Assist the Program Director to recommend strategy for statutory protection and best path to market.
  • Conduct market research, projection and valuation of technologies.
  • Contact potential licensees and explain the possible utilities and value of new innovations to entice their interests.
  • Propose and negotiate, with oversight of the Program Director, reasonable terms and conditions for licensing rights to use technologies with potential licensees.
  • Represents the Program Director to interact with Texas A&M Technology Commercialization support staff to ensure assigned disclosure and agreement information is accurate.
  • Represents the Program Director to interact with AgriLife Corporate Relations, AgriLife Contract Office, Sponsored Research Services, AgriLife administration, and departments/colleges/centers as a resource for intellectual property matters.
  • Interacts with other Texas A&M System member commercialization offices regarding matters of common interest.
  • Assist Program Director in educational activities to increase general awareness of intellectual property matters among faculty and staff.
  • Coordinate with other licensing staff regarding licensing opportunities, disclosure management, and technology transfer topics.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in applicable field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Two years of related experience in in technology transfer in academia or industry setting.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. Ability to multitask and work cooperatively with others. Strong analytical and organizational skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to present information clearly and concisely. Ability to draft and interpret legal language in contracts and other documents. Technical writing skills and ability to draft and read legal language in various contracts and other documents.

Preferred Education/Experience:

MBA, Master’s and/or PhD in Agriculture or Life Sciences.

Preferred Knowledge/Skills:

Familiarity with The Texas A&M University System (A&M System) policies relating to intellectual property, faculty consulting, and sponsored research.


Note to Applicants: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer committed to diversity.


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