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The Intellectual Property Exchange
VP for Research and Economic Dev
Director, Intellectual Property Agreement Negotiations &
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Limited Term Length
Provides senior level knowledge and insight in the management,
control, and commercialization of
intellectual property (IP) created by Auburn University. Reviews,
drafts, negotiates, and closes IP related agreements on behalf of
the University, identifying and resolving risks in contractual
terms and conditions not conforming to AU policy or governing
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- Reviews, drafts, negotiates, and closes IP related agreements,
including complex or master agreements, on behalf of the
University, assuring completeness and compliance with University
policies and procedures and government regulations and laws, as
well as providing guidance, review, and negotiation of IP language
in University industry sponsored research agreements. Identifies
and resolves risks in contractual terms and conditions not
conforming to AU policy or governing regulations. Works closely
with faculty researchers to manage industry collaborations.
Provides guidance to the Senior Industry Negotiator and oversees
the negotiation of industry agreements.
- Engages with faculty and outside entities who have an interest
in the development of the University’s discoveries, inventions and
innovations, contributing to the local and state economic
development, and the branding, marketing, and licensing of Auburn
IP. Establishes formal research and development relationships
between companies whose strategic market concerns parallel the
University’s research and development capabilities.
- Provides guidance to faculty, administrative units, and staff
ensuring compliance with, and adherence to, IP related laws,
regulations, and policies, while building trust and providing
efficient and effective service to diverse constituents both on-
- Provides leadership and guidance to support staff; assists in
the management and oversight of daily operations of The
Intellectual Property Exchange ( IPX ); acts on behalf of the
Executive Director of IPX in his/her absence.
- Engages in educating faculty, staff, students, and outside
inventors regarding IP and the technology transfer process, as well
as other outreach activities of the IPX .
- Facilitates and fosters inter-organizational relationships,
while responding to and addressing stakeholder inquiries.
Represents IPX by participating with various internal and external
groups and associations related to intellectual property and
- Performs and takes a leadership role in special projects as
assigned by Senior Leadership of IPX, or the Executive Director of
Minimum Skills, License, and Certifications
Minimum Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of agreement drafting and negotiation practices;
knowledge of licensing practices; knowledge of risk management;
knowledge of state, federal and industry contract guidelines,
procedures and laws as they pertain to university research and the
intellectual property (IP) developed from research and IP
protection procedures. Knowledge of patent administration and
Bayh-Dole compliance requirements; general understanding of
business including startups, venture capital, etc.
Minimum Technology Skills
Minimum License and Certifications
Desired Certification: Certified Licensing Professional (C.L.P.) or
Registered Technology Transfer Professional (R.T.T.P.)
Posting Detail Information
$92,400 - $175,600
Working Hours if Non-Traditional
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- * Do you have at least 8 years of experience in business
development or technology commercialization with progressively
increasing levels of responsibility?