The Associate Director of Intellectual Property will assist the Senior Associate Director of Intellectual Property in the management of the Wyss portfolio, including inventions relating to life science, engineering, computer science and other inventions in various stages of development, disclosure and patent prosecution. In this position, the Associate Director will work with the Wyss team in the development and execution of an overall strategy for coordinating, managing and overseeing the intellectual property (IP) assets of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University. Under direction, the person will be responsible for assisting in the development and implementation of innovative strategies to protect the Wyss's IP assets, and providing ongoing service and education to Wyss faculty and staff on issues relating to the protection of intellectual property.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions*):
Under the direction of the Director of Intellectual Property and Senior Associate Director of Intellectual Property, assess the patentability of new inventions disclosed by Wyss faculty and Wyss research staff. Implement innovative, novel strategies to patent and protect Wyss technologies and inventions. Obtain and maintain intellectual property protection through external counsel, as appropriate. Working under direction, communicate effectively with a broad range of constituents including members of OTD, Wyss faculty, members of the Wyss Advanced Technology Team, members of the Wyss Business Development Team, Wyss administration, external patent counsel and industry patent counsel and other representatives of industry and government. Under direction, conduct due diligence on the IP of potential industrial partners and licensees, as appropriate. Under direction, assist in the development and implementation of effective strategies to commercialize the intellectual property assets of the Wyss Institute at Harvard University, as appropriate, to meet strategic program objectives. Prepare and deliver reports and presentations as needed.
Salary Grade: 060
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Candidates MUST meet the following basic qualifications in order to be considered for this role:
A minimum of 10 years of experience, which includes 4 years of experience in intellectual property prosecution and management, with knowledge of current patent and licensing law and practices. Education may count towards years of experience.
The ideal candidate will have appropriate scientific and technical training and J.D., with a concentration in patent law. Significant experience as a patent agent at the USPTO or a law firm will be considered in lieu of a J.D. Demonstrated work experience managing multiple responsibilities, setting priorities, taking initiative and meeting deadlines. Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively and independently in a fast paced environment. Must be detail oriented and have the ability to complete tasks accurately.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 48040BR
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