Job Details

Stony Brook University
  • Position Number: 5245724
  • Location: Stony Brook, NY
  • Position Type: Business - Business Law

Licensing Associate

Required Qualifications: (as evidenced by an attached resume)
Bachelor's degree (foreign equivalent or higher). Five (5) years of directly related, full-time technology transfer, technology scouting/assessment, intellectual property licensing, business development experience and/or related legal experience, including at least two (2) or more years experience working in a University Technology Transfer Office or in a business development capacity in industry. In lieu of five (5) years of experience, a combination of an advanced degree and three (3) years directly related, full-time technology transfer, technology scouting/assessment, intellectual property licensing, business development experience and/or related legal experience equaling five (5) or more years may be considered. Demonstrable experience negotiating contracts.

Preferred Qualifications:
Masters degree (foreign equivalent or higher) in an engineering discipline, computer science, or physics. Experience negotiating intellectual property license agreements. Experience successfully negotiating complex agreements (sponsored research agreements, collaboration agreements, or other complex agreements). Experience drafting and reviewing contracts (confidentiality agreements, material transfer agreements, option agreements, license agreements or other agreements). Patent Agent. MBA or JD (foreign equivalent or higher).

Brief Description:
The Licensing Associate will manage a portfolio of technologies; they will identify, evaluate, market and license inventions and software developed by SUNY and Research Foundation faculty and staff. They will ensure such activities are being conducted under the optimal financial and legal conditions and in compliance with the SUNY patent policy and sponsor regulations. The successful incumbent must have a proven track record of negotiating intellectual property license agreements, other complex agreements (sponsored research agreements, collaboration agreements or other complex agreements) and demonstrated experience drafting and reviewing contracts.

Specific activities include, but are not limited to, evaluating the commercial potential of inventions, preparing non-confidential material, developing and implementing marketing strategies for each technology. In addition, the incumbent will be drafting and negotiating terms of commercialization agreements and other agreements, including by not limited to options, licenses, material transfer agreements and confidentiality agreements. The incumbent may supervise interns and other junior members of the licensing team. They may occasionally need to function as an alliance manager on ad-hoc basis for collaborations associated with technologies in their portfolio. The incumbent will be responsible for activities associated with ensuring post agreement compliance.

The successful incumbent will have excellent customer service and interpersonal skills, exercising strong organizational and time-management skills with an exceptional attention to detail. Essential for this role is the adeptness to work independently as well as part of a team with a collaborative approach to problem solving. The successful incumbent will be a self-starter with excellent verbal and written communication skills.


New technology evaluation (technology evaluation and characterization), including overseeing such activity of Jr. Licensing team member(s) and forming decisions regarding how to proceed with the technology

Business development type activity (engaging with potential licensees, developing and reviewing licenses, options and term sheets, drafting and negotiating license agreements)

Marketing and gathering KOL (Key Opinion Leader) /industry feedback on a portfolio of technologies and overseeing Jr. Licensing team members on same.

Faculty support and education with respect to inventions, intellectual property and office policy and procedure.

Portfolio management and post-agreement management activities

Marketing sheet development, including overseeing Jr. Licensing Staff of the same.

Technology portfolio support, including, but not limited to, assisting with patent prosecution and assisting with patent budget planning.

Supporting Office of Sponsored Programs and Risk Management Functions

Other duties or projects as assigned.

Special Notes:
The Research Foundation of SUNY is a private educational corporation. Employment is subject to the Research Foundation policies and procedures, sponsor guidelines and the availability of funding. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.

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The starting salary range (or hiring range) to be offered for this position is noted below, it represents SBU's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

Salary: $100,000-$130,000

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