The Intellectual Property (IP) Manager is responsible for overseeing the patent portfolio for the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) at Ohio State. The Manager will manage the growth of TCO’s patent and other IP portfolios and ensure IP due diligence and research prior to patent filing. The Manager will work with licensing managers and legal professionals to maintain an extensive patent portfolio by interacting on a regular basis with outside vendors of legal services. The Manager will build and maintain positive working relationships with intellectual property law firms and assist in the evaluation of law firm performance to determine the most strategic partnerships. The interaction will include overseeing substantive work product and patent filings, managing attorneys and paralegals, invoicing, and process adherence. The IP Manager will work closely with the Licensing Managers to develop processes for outside vendors that enable the team to meet its goals.
The IP Manager is also responsible for analyzing the University’s patent portfolio and making decisions on prioritization, reporting back to leadership on a periodic basis. They will be expected to stay current on patent law changes, both domestically and internationally, and to implement these changes into the current process. The Manager will also support the Licensing Managers with licensing transactions related to IP assets. In addition, training for TCO employees and faculty regarding the IP process and any changes to the process will be performed. The IP Manager is responsible for supervising the Patent Coordinator and the Legal and Intellectual Property Interns. Key responsibilities include:
Oversees patent research process. Ensures invention due diligence and research prior to coordinating patent requests with law firms. Ensures patent compliance at all stages of process by ensuring proper reporting to grant agency such as the NIH. Supervises Patent Coordinator and Legal and Intellectual Property Interns.
Builds and maintains positive working relationships with local intellectual property law firms; liaison with firm on patent prosecution and remains current on patent rules and regulations, both foreign and domestic. Organizes training for TCO employees, seminars with law firms, and other professional development regarding patents for staff and faculty.
Analyzes and prioritizes patent portfolio. Directs Patent Coordinator to ensure effective reporting formats. Prioritizes decision making, ensures that all necessary decisions meet deadlines. Manages invoice charging process to ensure efficiency and determine cost savings initiatives. Manages database and creates standard operating procedures for patent process.
Manages the communication channel between internal team and outside firms to ensure that all IP related strategy decisions are implemented and the internal team is updated about key developments.
5 years of experience in patent portfolio management.
Experience in a project management role.
Strong attention to detail.
Proficient with Microsoft Excel and experience using a patent management database.
Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships.
Strong verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to adapt to a complex, multifunctional environment.
The Ohio State University(OSU) ranks 4th in the nation among all research universities in industry-sponsored research, according to statistics compiled by the National Science Foundation. The breadth, scope, and excellence of its research programs make Ohio State a leading force of innovation and change —locally, nationally, and globally.
Ohio State’s research and academic programs offer some of ...the widest variety in the country. The Ohio State University is also home to a top-rated medical center, a premier cancer hospital, and a state-of-the-art heart hospital. In addition, the University boasts over 80 research centers. The Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) at OSU features an Inventor’s Wall, which showcases the extraordinary contributions this institution has had in the world of science, research, and invention. Ohio State has more National Academy Awards than any other university.
In 2017, Ohio State was ranked #25 on Reuters Top 100 Most Innovative Universities in the World, ahead of CalTech, Cornell, and Oxford Universities.