Under the direction of the Senior Director of Finance & Administration, the Manager of Compliance & Docketing is a player manager in the Innovation and New Ventures Office actively responsible for both managing compliance and docketing while also participating in the execution of the function. The Manager of Compliance and Docketing leads the compliance and docketing team in the execution of all administrative, procedural, and inventor issues related to an intellectual property portfolio in support of INVO. Participates in patent prosecution and license agreement activity within the portfolio to support commercialization efforts. Responsible for managing the monitoring and satisfaction of government compliance for intellectual property within the university’s patent portfolio. Possesses advanced knowledge of patent prosecution, has the ability to work on patent portfolios with minimal supervision and guidance. Manages performance of and provides direction to a junior member of the compliance and docketing team.
Leads compliance and docketing team in the review and processing of patent activities and license agreements through: Review of standard legal documents and all patent correspondence, Correspondence/Meeting with faculty and inventors to provide outreach and guidance, Monitor of status of agreements, Maintenance of all files, Correspondence with stakeholders to monitor compliance with agreements, correspondence with external NU legal counsel, and Maintenance patent and license dockets.
Manages the requests for as well as development and execution of Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDA) and Inter-Institutional Agreements (IIA).
Leads the receipt of invention disclosures, proseution of patents, and guarantees compliance with Northwestern University requirements; documents appropriate information in INVO’s database (Wellspring); documents disclosures elections and releases. Identifies, reviews, and monitors all government and private sponsor compliance requirements and time lines. Produces reports as required.
Partners with other INVO midddle management and leadership to develop standard processes and structures for managing support of patent prosecution, licensing, and compliance reporting activities. Assists Invention Managers and Associate with creating licensing timelines, action plans, and deadlines.
Manages performance and trains junior member of compliance and docketing team. Trains other members of the INVO team on aspects of government and private sponsor compliance requirements as well as docketing requirements.
Other duties as required.
B.S. degree or equivalent experience with related IP experience.
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communications and analytical skills.
Experience leading other team members in a supervisory capacity.
J.D or advance degree.
Experience with information and knowledge of relational databases.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
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