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Tulane University: Intellectual Property Contracts Officer


Location:  New Orleans, LA


The Office of Intellectual Property Management (OIPM) works with the recently established Tulane Innovation Institute to protect and advance the intellectual property created by faculty and researchers across the university. OIPM executes all aspects of Tulane’s intellectual property (IP) policy, including patent filing and management, agreement preparation, IP due diligence, government reporting and compliance, and identifying IP prospects for disclosure from the Tulane community. In addition, OIPM provides IP education seminars to Tulane faculty and students. These functions support Tulane’s Institute for Innovation, which is responsible for technology assessment, business development, marketing, and license negotiation.

The IP Contracts Officer serves within the Office of IP Management under the direction of the Executive Director. Essential functions include drafting, reviewing, and supporting the negotiation of intellectual property provisions within a high volume of research contracts in collaboration with other university departments and units. In addition, the IP Contracts officer will draft, review, and negotiate Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDAs), Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Tangible Property Agreements (TPAs), Inter-Institutional Agreements (IIAs), and Data Use Agreements (DUAs) on behalf of OIPM.

The IP Contracts Officer will exhibit responsiveness and professionalism in all interactions and collaborate with other university departments to achieve efficient contract negotiation and management, as intellectual property and data protection.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

• Education and/or work experience in health sciences and business/industry is desirable.
• The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to communicate effectively with academic scientists as well as executives in the biomedical industries, knowledge of current developments in the biomedical business sector, and the desire to work as a team member.
• Demonstrated familiarity with intellectual property licensing and technology commercialization in industry or academic settings.
• Excellent oral and written communication.
• Strong project management skills, with acute attention to detail
• Ability to organize and communicate complex information. 

Required Education and/or Experience

• JD and three years of academic technology transfer or similar experience in licensing or business development gained in industry.
• A Master’s Degree and four years of academic technology transfer or similar experience in licensing or business development gained in the industry.
• Experience drafting and negotiating contracts.

Preferred Qualifications

• JD preferred.
• Five plus years of experience in an academic, government, or similar business development licensing role.
• Experience drafting, negotiating, and closing complex license agreements.
• Experience negotiating non-licensing contracts such as MTAs, NDAs, DUAs, and collaborative research agreements.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently and set work priorities with minimal supervision.
• Demonstrated ability to manage many projects and relationships simultaneously across a broad range of innovations and markets.
• Strong team-oriented focus.
• Ability to build rapport and trust with faculty, colleagues, and stakeholders.
• Technology transfer experience managing the flow of research innovation, contracts, and other aspects of technology commercialization.

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