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Licensing Officer at the Ohio State University 



ERIK | Technology Commercialization

The Licensing Officer (LO) is responsible for identifying technologies with commercial applications, evaluating the commercial potential of technologies, identifying potential licensees, preparing non-confidential technical information for marketing purposes, developing, and implementing specific marketing strategies for each technology, and drafting and negotiating small to mid-sized license and option agreements. Responsible for performing own negotiations related to the Intellectual Property (IP), as well as demonstrating valuation and IP knowledge. The LO may receive some mentorship and coaching from Senior Licensing Officers or other team members to help them advance their knowledge, mastery, and independence.

The ideal candidate will be a visionary and inspiring team member who is committed to fostering an inclusive, innovative, and high performing culture with a varied group of people representing diverse ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds.  Has the ability to work in a complex organization and further the goals and objectives of technology commercialization at The Ohio State University. Is process and metrics oriented and is committed to continuous improvement. Embraces data-driven decision-making. Acts with urgency in all stakeholder interactions. Is self-motivated, an effective verbal and written communicator, has executive presence and demonstrates high emotional intelligence.

Education Required: Bachelor’s degree.

Experience Required: Minimum 4 years of relevant experience. Preliminary knowledge proficiency in licensing and intellectual property principles. Examples include preliminary licensing terms, targeted fundamentals of intellectual property, basic understanding of marketing methods, and intermediate negotiation knowledge. Active participant in deal teams with and without being a deal lead. Able to provide recommendations and justifications on filing decisions with modest supervision. Actively lead marketing campaigns with moderate supervision. Independently manages a small to mid-sized IP portfolio.

Education Desired: Master’s degree – Field of Study: Life Science

Additional Information:

The Ohio State University and the Office of Innovation and Economic Development value diversity in people and ideas. We are an inclusive, supportive community where our team can comfortably join in or confidently stand out. We treat everyone with dignity, kindness, and fairness regardless of origins, views, or affiliations. We demonstrate commitment to the ideas of diversity such as fostering diverse viewpoints and perspectives, allowing us to perform our best work.

Due to U.S. export control regulations governing information, technology, and facilities accessed during the performance of work, applicants must be: (1) U.S. citizens or nationals; (2) permanent residents; (3) asylees or refugees; or (4) individuals otherwise described as “protected individuals” pursuant to Title 8 U.S. Code Section 1324b(a)(3)(b).

OSU will not sponsor applicants for work visas for this position.

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All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, protected veteran status, or any other basis under the law.