Johns Hopkins University Associate Portfolio Director in Baltimore, Maryland

General summary/purpose: The Associate Director is a senior licensing or intellectual property professional within the office of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV) who is responsible for managing a portfolio of inventions. Under the direction of the Portfolio Director, the Associate Director manages a team of IP and licensing professionals and provides scientific, intellectual property, licensing and marketing expertise, mentorship, team building for members working within the portfolio and across portfolios, educational outreach, relationship management, and organizational and communication skills to commercialize inventions resulting from research at Johns Hopkins University.

This position reports to the Portfolio Director of the life sciences licensing teams.

Specific duties & responsibilities:

  • Manages a team of IP and licensing professionals on a day-to-day basis including hiring decisions, work allocation, employee development and mentoring.

  • As part of the deal team facilitates high value license agreements individually and as part of his/her team as well as other related contracts, with outside organizations including major pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.

  • Assists IP Managers and Licensing Associates in resolving, complex issues raised by faculty related to licenses and intellectual property (IP) protection.

  • Establishes and maintains contacts with industry representatives and representatives at other academic institutions.

  • Engages in outreach and education relative to JHTV, intellectual property and technology transfer practices.

  • Reviews new invention disclosures to analyze IP and licensing potential.

  • Determines an invention’s current stage of development, and its future development path.

  • Evaluates inventions for intellectual property protection probability and freedom to operate.

  • Recommends a technology transfer path for new inventions (e.g., patent, waive rights, assign rights to inventors).

  • Develops patenting, licensing and commercialization strategies for inventions retained by the university and directs patent counsel in the preparation, filing and prosecution of U.S. and international patent applications.

  • Qualifies potential licensing opportunities and licensees.

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

An advanced degree in science, business or law is required. Must have at least 4 years of IP protection and/or technology licensing experience in academic or industrial environments with progressively increased levels of responsibility. Must have experience in the assessment of innovations from faculty research in healthcare information technology, working knowledge of U.S. and international patent law. Must have experience in the negotiation of technology licensing agreements.

Preferred qualifications:

PhD, or combination of an undergraduate degree in science with an MBA or JD strongly preferred. Supervisory experience is desired.

Special knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Must have the technical background to understand complex technologies.

  • Experience with healthcare information technology preferred. Corporate experience in an intellectual property sales/marketing role desired.

  • Must have the ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

  • Must demonstrate outstanding work ethic and desire and ability to work in fast-paced high-expectation environment.

  • Must be a self-starter capable of handling a docket of highly technical inventions, managing a complex patent portfolio.

  • Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively with academic scientists and industry executives, and overall business acumen.

Technical qualifications or specialized certifications: CLP – Certified Licensing Professional or CLP Eligible.

Supervisory responsibility (indicate the number and type of persons supervised by incumbent): 4 IP and licensing professionals

Role/Level/Range: ATP/4/PG

Starting Salary Range: $91,348 - $125,651

Employee group (Full time/Part-time/Limited/Casual): Full time

Employee subgroup (FLSA Status): Exempt

Schedule (hours/days): M-F / 8:30am-5pm

Location: School of Medicine - East Baltimore Campus

Personnel area (School): Tech Transfer

Department name: Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures

The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

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