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The Intellectual Property Specialist, under the supervision of the Assistant Director of Intellectual Property Management, will serve in the Office of Technology Transfer to manage Rice University's patent portfolio by conducting prior art searches, coordinating patent prosecution strategy with Rice University inventors and outside patent counsel, and filing provisional applications for select university technologies.
Ph.D. or other Doctoral Degree;
Licensed as a U.S. Patent Agent or ability to obtain the license within thirty days from the start date;
1 year of experience in research, research administration, technology transfer or practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;
Excellent analytical, organizational, communication, negotiating and planning skills;
Demonstrated ability to work under pressure, pay attention to detail, meet inflexible deadlines on own initiative;
Demonstrated ability to deal with difficult situations while maintaining composure;
Demonstrated ability to remain effective under stress and in prolonged projects and be able to manage and lead many projects at the same time; and
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, especially the ability to relay highly technical information, explain and teach business and/or legal issues.
Conducts prior art searches for disclosed technologies;
Works with the Assistant Director of Intellectual Property Management to oversee the management of the patent docket and ensures timely responses to all patent related actions;
Reviews university technologies for marketability and commercial value;
Prepares, drafts and files provisional patent applications for select university technologies;
Works with outside patent counsel and inventors to draft, file, and prosecute patent applications with commercially relevant claims;
Ensures that Rice University's intellectual property portfolio appropriately captures the value and commercialization potential of Rice technology disclosures;
Prepares information disclosure statements, assignments and declarations and facilitates their execution as well as execution of other patent related materials such as power of attorneys;
Reviews outside patent counsel invoices for accuracy; and
Performs all other duties as assigned.
Licensed to practice as a patent attorney before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
3 years of experience with practicing before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Advanced knowledge of policies and procedures relating to intellectual property management and of U.S. patent copyright and trademark law and procedures
Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.
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