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Licensing Manager / Licensing Associate – Engineering & Physical Sciences, University of Virginia Licensing & Ventures Group


The University of Virginia has exclusively retained Gardner Innovation Search Partners to find their next Licensing Manager / Licensing Associate – Engineering & Physical Sciences to join the Licensing & Ventures Group.

As a member of the licensing team, the Licensing Manager/Licensing Associate – Engineering and Physical Sciences will support the Director of Licensing (and other senior licensing professionals) in invention disclosure solicitation, legal and technical due diligence, patent preparation and prosecution, business development, license agreement drafting and negotiation. The Licensing Manager/Associate will also establish relationships with University of Virginia (“UVA”) faculty inventors to support a wide range of activities to contribute to the overall success of the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group.

Reporting to the Director of Licensing, essential duties and responsibilities include:

  • Support the Director of Licensing (and other senior licensing professionals) in all functional areas; including such tasks as:
    • Solicit new invention disclosures from faculty, staff and students at the University of Virginia;
    • Perform technical, commercial and legal due diligence, including prior art searching, market analyses and commercial pre-marketing;
    • Make recommendations regarding the appropriateness and scope of intellectual property protection;
    • Draft and negotiate non-disclosure agreements, option/evaluation licenses, non-exclusive licenses, exclusive licenses, etc.;
    • Serve as the primary customer service and faculty liaison to select University departments, centers, programs and partnerships;
    • Manage scientific, legal and patent interns as designated by the Director of Licensing;
    • Actively participate in University, local and regional events/activities promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and intellectual property awareness; and
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Licensing.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or physical sciences (e.g., computer science, physics, chemistry);
  • Positive attitude, resourcefulness, and demonstrated good judgement;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong organizational abilities;
  • Ability to work independently.

Strongly Preferred Qualifications:

    • Advanced degree in engineering or physical sciences, and/or an MBA;
    • >5 years of experience in an academic, non-profit technology transfer organization managing a portfolio of technologies in engineering and/or physical sciences;
    • Knowledge of and experience with patent preparation/prosecution, contract negotiation business development, and university technology commercialization;
    • Experience working in a university environment.

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