The Senior Director – Licensing will oversee the licensing function for The Ohio State University’s intellectual property for all schools and colleges across the university. The Sr. Director is responsible for establishing best practices and ensuring the effective performance of the team across all aspects of licensing including invention assessment, intellectual property protection strategies, market analysis and commercialization strategy, negotiating and structuring licenses, option and other related agreements. Through inspirational leadership, the Sr. Director will foster a positive culture of service excellence by the licensing staff to all key stakeholders, both internal and external to the university. The Sr. Director will define clear objectives, strategies, and tactics for the licensing team which align with the mission of the Corporate Engagement Office and the university. In addition, they will actively work to develop the licensing staff, improve the effectiveness and efficiency of core processes, and ensure an outstanding customer experience through all aspects of stakeholder engagement. The Sr. Director will manage the university’s portfolio of intellectual property working with IP staff and outside counsel to achieve the appropriate level of claim protection. The leader must have a track record of creating strong relationships with faculty, administrators, licensees and other stakeholders. They must be skilled at managing conflict and driving positive resolution when conflicting needs or demands exist. Collaborates with the startup team in the creation and licensing of technology to startup companies. Successful track record of marketing new technologies and guiding a licensing team in strategic marketing efforts for the Technology Commercialization Office. Has the ability to work in a complex organization and to further the goals and objectives of technology transfer at The Ohio State University. Acts with urgency in all stakeholder interactions.
Master’s degree in engineering, life sciences, biomedical sciences, physical sciences, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; 10 years of experience in licensing early stage intellectual property; excellent interpersonal skills, management skills and written and oral communication skills; adept in negotiation, university policies, patent and recent changes in patent law, exceptional knowledge and network in industry licensing; proven track record of closing successful deals demonstrable through deal sheet; positive attitude and models inspirational leadership to build strong, resilient, and innovative teams.
Certified Licensing Professional and/or Registered Technology Transfer Professional. PhD in engineering, life sciences, biomedical sciences, physical sciences, or a related field.
Target Salary: $190,000.00 - $205,000.00 Annually
Job Category: Administrative and Professional
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