CURRENT KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER VACANCIES
Reference : LIST-CORP-2019-017
Contract type: Permanent contract
The successful candidate will join the Valorisation and Transfer Officers team of LIST.
The Valorisation and Transfer Officer integrates an interdisciplinary team that supports the research departments to optimize and protect their intellectual property assets. The VT Officer will contribute to the identification, protection, management and commercialisation of intellectual property assets (technologies) arising from the Materials Research and Technology department (MRT), in fields ranging from chemistry to physics (including materials, processes and engineering).
With a team of around 190 scientists and engineers, the MRT department focuses on two key enabling technologies: nanotechnologies and advanced materials. Researchers investigate research questions related to transducing materials and actuators, photocatalysis and energy harvesters, transparent electronics and smart nanocomposites, point-of-care and drug delivery, modelling and design of structures and multifunctional composites, bio-based polymers and composites, adhesion and compatibilization of fibres/matrix, process engineering and advanced manufacturing.
While collaborating closely with the MRT research community, the VT Officer will naturally also interact with the MRT Partnership Development and Coordination team, with the IP legal advisors, as well as with other Departments for transversal tasks and with administrative offices at the corporate level.
The VT Officer maintains and grows the department’s intellectual property portfolio, with particular emphasis on identifying patent opportunities, preparing and filing patent applications in order to obtain patents for inventions that have a potential market value. The VT Officer evaluates scientific invention disclosures and conducts prior art searches, analysis and documentation of related patents, and contributes to the writing of patent applications. The selected candidate will advise on commercial issues in research contracts, also by considering the commercialisation of IP through licensing and/or the creation of spin-off companies.
Principal duties and responsibilities
- Collaborative interaction with the MRT department’s researchers to identify new invention disclosures and to search prior art patents in order to determine if an invention is patentable or eligible to a trade secret
- Evaluation of invention disclosures and advice to management and researchers for patentability and/or commercial viability
- Preparation and interaction with external patent attorneys for drafting patent applications, follow-up of patent procedures and contribution to the management of the IP portfolio (extensions, maintenance, etc.)
- Keep abreast of policy and practice changes, and implement changes as necessary
- Development and advice on best protection for future commercialisation strategies in collaboration with colleagues and professional advisers where appropriate
- Promoting awareness of the importance of IP and industrial collaboration
- Contributing to build market and technology transfer knowledge and a high level of understanding of relevant market sectors and developing and supporting relationships between local industry and researchers at all stages of research engagement, in collaboration with the Partnership Development team
- Implementing commercial strategies including technology marketing (national and international), contributing to negotiate balanced licence agreements, promoting entrepreneurship, establishing spin-off companies and advising promoters of such new ventures
- A Master’s degree in science (chemistry, physics, materials, processes, engineering), with a specialization in IP
- Significant experience (5 years minimum) working with patent law and intellectual property, preferably in the fields ranging from chemistry to physics, including materials processes and engineering
- Ability to assimilate and understand scientific and technological data and issues in these various fields
- Self-starter, volunteer and capable of identifying and assessing opportunities for commercialisation and networking with academics and industrials to realise those opportunities
- Strong organizational, administrative skills and communication skills
- Ability to multi-tasking, working independently, and as a team member
- Demonstrated experience and practical knowledge in IP protection, IP rights laws, and IP policy
- Proficient spoken and written knowledge of English is mandatory
- A good knowledge of French is considered an asset and German is a plus
Deadline for application: 20 January 2020
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Business Development Manager
Closing date: 30 November 2019
The Business Development Manager (BDM) will support both the CEO of DEBRA Austria, and its Board of Trustees, by providing strategic advice on prioritization of research support and investment for people with EB, a group of rare inherited skin blistering conditions for which no cure exists. The BDM will have extensive experience in managing exploitation of a research portfolio, in either biopharma or a biomedical charity environment. He/she will have demonstrated proactivity, creativity and leadership in attracting new partners and funding, and in developing collaborative R&D agreements to deliver new treatments or healthcare products.
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A team of professionals at the Technology transfer Office of the Czech Academy of Sciences is looking for a new colleague, a lawyer specialised in intellectual property. Help us in establishing a new system for transferring the top results of research and development to practice! We are ready to further develop your career by various educational and training activities. We are based in the centre of Prague and can offer flexible working hours.
What to expect?
- Legal agenda (research agreements, licensing and assignment contracts, state aid law, company law)
- Collaboration on the drafting of internal governance
- Analysis and systematisation of relevant European and national legislation
- Consultancy and various educational activities
- Cooperation with other members of the TTO and academics
What we expect?
- Master in law (LL.M. or equivalent)
- Experience in the areas of intellectual property law, competition law and R&D regulation is welcomed but not required
- Professional oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work independently as well as in a team
- Willingness to learn new things
What can we offer?
- Full-time employment contract (or part-time)
- Temporary employment until 31st of December 2020, for the duration of the project
- Flexible working hours
- Employee benefits
- Office in the centre of Prague
- Educational system to support your further development
Start date by an agreement. If this offer interests you, please contact Mrs. Lenka Mančalová, email@example.com and send her your LinkedIn profile or CV including a cover letter stating why do you want to work with us.
Job reference: REQ007061
Coventry University is a dynamic, creative and innovative organisation demonstrated by its continued rise up the university ranking tables. The University has a track record of successful IP commercialisation, business engagement and support to a wide range of sectors both regionally, nationally and internationally. To build on our recent successes in IP commercialisation, we are looking to recruit two IP Commercialisation Executives into the IP Commercialisation Office.
Reporting to the IP Commercialisation Director, the post holders will work with staff and students to commercialise University Group IP, with a particular focus on the identification, commercial assessment and support to market of IP to ensure revenue return to the University Group from its world class research outputs. You will identify and then progress opportunities through to completion and revenue generation, managing relationships with academics and students, industry and other key strategic partners. A close working relationship with colleagues in Legal Services will ensure that the desired route to market for IP is approved and agreed efficiently. This will include preparing elevator pitches to start new companies and negotiation of licences.
As such the role requires knowledge and experience of intellectual property commercialisation, routes to market for IP, starting new businesses, licence drafting and license management and you will have a demonstrable track record in spin-out company formation and negotiating and securing licences. Additionally, you will have highly developed presentation skills with experience of communicating complex technical and legal concepts to non-experts.
You will be a professional and persuasive negotiator with intuitive interpersonal skills, used to working to tight deadlines and exceeding agreed targets.
The two IP Commercialisation Executives will work in the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing and the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.
Application closing date: 14/07/19
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