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Licensing Associate 1

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


About the Department

UC’s Office of Innovation is a resource for research and innovation partnership across UC, including the institution’s Technology Transfer function.  The Technology Transfer team works to help UC’s innovators create impact from their research and support them through various intellectual property and commercialization issues.

Job Overview

This position will join the Technology Transfer team as Licensing Associate 1 or 2, depending on the applicant’s education and experience.  The selected applicant will be primarily responsible for working with the Senior Licensing Associate(s) to support the commercialization of technologies developed at the university.  Those responsibilities will include interacting with university faculty and inventors, learning about and understanding their inventions, making patentability decisions, developing an intellectual property strategy for those inventions, managing a portfolio of assigned patent families, working with internal and outside counsel on patent prosecution issues and any other assigned tasks.  In addition, the selected applicant will be responsible for marketing the technologies in their portfolio, drafting and negotiating commercial agreements for those technologies and managing the resulting relationships.  


Additional responsibilities of the job may include: Controlling and managing legal costs; Making presentations to faculty or other groups about intellectual property or other subjects relating to technology commercialization; Working with the Venture Lab to assist inventors in developing their start-ups and commercializing their technology; Maintaining accurate records of all activities and patent applications; Managing our relationships with outside counsel; Maintaining faculty relationships and an outstanding level of customer service; and, Providing requested support to other members of the technology transfer staff.

Essential Functions

  • Monitor, review and track data use agreements, material transfer agreements and confidentiality agreements, including maintaining any related databases.
  • Perform market research on new technologies/inventions.
  • Develop marketing materials for new technologies/inventions.
  • Assist with identifying and recommending the best licensing candidates.
  • Assist with reviewing and negotiating option and license agreements for technologies.
  • Assist in educating UC faculty, students and staff on Intellectual Property and UC’s related policies.
  • Develop and maintain professional relationships between UC and industry as well as other academic institutions.
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Engineering or related field.
  • Five (5) years of relevant work experience and/or other specialized training can be used in lieu of education requirement.

Required Experience

One (1) year of experience in academic technology transfer; scientific or research/development; contract compliance; licensing in an intellectual property setting, or related field.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 86902 


Licensing Associate 1

Date:  Aug 13, 2022

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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