Department Name: 40420:Office of Technology Commercialization
The Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) is the technology transfer and new ventures office for the University of Kentucky (UK). UK OTC's mission is to advance innovation that makes a difference. UK OTC supports the University's strategic plan by committing to:
help build Kentucky's innovation ecosystem and collaborate with industry partners worldwide;
work cooperatively with innovators to strategically assess, protect, and license early stage technologies; and
cultivate entrepreneurship and co-create new technology startups.
Currently, UK Office of Technology Commercialization is seeking a Senior Associate Director, Intellectual Property Development (Sr. AD, IPD), to lead its IP Development Team. This team leader will be responsible for managing the invention disclosure, invention market assessment, patent protection strategy and IP portfolio management components for UK OTC on behalf of the University of Kentucky Research Foundation, including holistic portfolio strategies and individual patent filling strategies. The role will oversee the drafting and filing of certain provisional patent applications, where appropriate, and will coordinate with all outside patent counsel related to patent filings and prosecution, and will oversee all interactions with UK inventors related to technology evaluations, patenting questions, preparation for invention disclosure, market assessment feedback and patenting strategies. In addition, this team leader will oversee a team of OTC Fellows – UK graduate students employed by the office – related to creation and presentation of technology and market assessment reports, including initial prior art search. This position will be responsible for shepherding and guiding all patenting and renewal decisions in coordination with the participating inventor, UK Intellectual Property Committee (IPC), and the UK OTC Director, pursuant to UK OTC internal business processes and UK policies. The Sr. AD, IPD will be responsible for day-to-day management of the UK IP portfolio, its maintenance and docketing, and will work directly with UK faculty, staff and student inventors related to protecting and ultimately commercializing their discoveries. The position will oversee all collaborative efforts of the IPD Team to work with UK OTC's Commercialization & Licensing and its New Ventures & Alliances teams to develop strategy for and execute commercialization of UK technologies. This role will support the UK OTC in conducting education for faculty, staff and students related to patentable innovation, invention disclosure activities, and IP protection strategies.
Responsibilities and Duties:
Develop and foster ongoing and mutually beneficial relationships with UK faculty, staff and student inventors.
Oversee the IP Development team, including IP Docket Analyst and IP & Compliance Coordinator
Manage an efficient and transparent invention disclosure submission and review process utilizing advisory input from the Intellectual Property Committee (IPC), documented research review, other scientific advisory inputs, if available, and market research inputs.
Oversee and manage a team of OTC Fellows to ensure timely market assessment feedback to inventors
Advise the IPC on patentability issues, and manage the patent prosecution process with external attorneys, including overseeing the development of and managing an organized and collaborative (with UK inventors) IP development process.
Develop and oversee management of functional IP docket/data for quick research supporting progress updates, licensing and startup company development activities.
Collaborate with Commercialization & Licensing Team and New Ventures & Alliances team to support development of commercialization plans and licensing, and assist startup company strategy with IP strategy input.
Play a key role on the UK OTC Leadership Team related to overall office strategy and operations.
Bring a positive attitude and be ready to work in an energetic, busy and fun environment to advance innovation that makes a difference!
Position Time Status: Full-Time
Required Related Experience:
Required License/Registration/Certification :
University Community of Inclusion:
The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.
Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.
Adjacent to downtown Lexington, UK is nestled in the scenic heart of the beautiful Bluegrass Region of Kentucky. UK's campus covers more than 814 acres, with more than 30,700 students and 13,500 full-time employees, including nearly 2,400 full-time faculty and librarians.