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The mission of CoMotion is to partner with the UW community on their innovation journey, providing tools, connections, and acumen to transform ideas into economic and societal impact.
The CoMotion Innovation Development group provides services including intellectual property strategy and management, project development guidance, portfolio management, and license, confidentiality, and material transfer agreements.
CoMotion has an outstanding full time opportunity for an Innovation Manager.
Within the Innovation Development group, the Innovation Managers use their technical expertise and business acumen to support researchers in their journey to launch ideas into the marketplace, guiding innovators to needed resources, advising on customer discovery activities and start-up formation, making intellectual property protection decisions, and negotiating agreements including intellectual property licenses direct-to-user, to existing companies, and to UW spin-outs. Innovation Managers also participate in CoMotion's outreach activities, including giving talks to faculty, students, and research groups, and working with external parties to assist in promoting understanding of university innovation transfer processes.
This role provides expert advice around copyright and acquiring early users, connects teams to resources, and supports the research team with guidance in their customer discovery activities. It also makes intellectual property decisions, and drafts and negotiates licenses. The portfolio this position manages is copyright focused with an occasional trademark, patent, or know-how component. This position supports and licenses rights to projects such as a molecular modeling suite, software to manage patient caseloads, and training materials.
Critical skills for this role include excellent interpersonal skills, an understanding of copyright-based intellectual property rights, extensive problem solving skills and an ability to work collaboratively across multiple UW units to find novel solutions that satisfy diverse stakeholders and comply with university policies.
Typically, projects in this portfolio are not one-time licensing opportunities, but rather ongoing projects with intellectual property rights licensed broadly on a non-exclusive basis. Duties and responsibilities will include advising University personnel on identifying market interest, on intellectual property and distribution models, perfecting rights (intellectual property and related rights), negotiating and drafting licenses, promoting University software and copyright transfer capabilities, and contributing to the CoMotion team culture.
These projects involve working closely with research teams over multiple years, and occasionally there are components of the project such as consulting or integration into ongoing research, or may involve software as a service provided by the research team.
University of Washington has world-class health science research, led by researchers with a great interest in seeing their university research translate into real-world impact.
Some discoveries are released freely, while others, whose potential may be best promoted by the adoption of the innovation through commercialization, are protected by copyrights, trademarks or patents and licensed commercially.
Innovations with intellectual property protection are licensed to commercial enterprises, government agencies, educational organizations, NGOs and directly to end-users. This leads to deployment and development of the innovations, and this in turn forms the basis of our knowledge-based economy. Frequently, the licenses generate revenue, which provide financial rewards for innovators/developers, financial support for academic activities and financial support for academic activities. Successful innovation deployment results in prestige inuring to the creator and the University and illustrates graphically the University's central role in the vibrant Washington state economy.
Project Mentorship and Marketing for UW innovations
Assessing innovations generated by University faculty and researchers for their potential IP and marketability. As appropriate, work with CoMotion IP team members to coordinate the protection of UW's proprietary rights in innovations via patent, copyright or trademark
Serving as faculty resource for questions on UW policies related to conflict of interest, outside consulting, and other relevant issues;
Reviewing and revising business pitches to attract investment in projects
Identifying commercialization gap funding sources and facilitating applications for those awards
As appropriate, work with CoMotion IP team members to coordinate the protection of UW's proprietary rights in innovations via copyright, patent, or trademark
Developing plans for effective transfer of technology to end-users, industry, or a new business venture
Working proactively with entrepreneurs, investors, and investigators to catalyze promising commercialization projects. Connecting with industry experts, CoMotion mentors, CoMotion Advisors, community angel investors, and local technology associations.
Responsible and accountable for opportunity generation and managing a successful technology portfolio
Negotiating and Drafting licenses for UW intellectual property
Initiating and responding to contacts with licensees, drafting and negotiating license agreements
Outreach and providing service to university and broader community
Educating UW community and private sector about commercialization and intellectual property;
Conducting presentations to schools and departments regarding commercialization, communicate UW policies on copyright, patents, and technology transfer;
Master’s Degree in digital content, marketing, business, technical, or related field and 2 years of progressive experience in product development and customer discovery related to copyright protected materials and software or any equivalent combination of experience and education.
Equivalency would be Bachelor's Degree in digital content, marketing, business, technical, or related field and 4 years of progressive experience in product development and customer discovery related to copyright protected materials and software OR 8 years of work experience in product development and customer discovery related to copyright protected materials and software.
Strong interest in providing guidance and licensing for copyright-based projects. Ability to understand health science related innovations. Experience identifying appropriate milestones for adding value, for example through participation in funding program, preferred.
Excellent organizational, research and information management skills. Self-starting, highly motivated, able to work independently as well as coordinate activities with a managing team. Appreciation for the academic research process, including federal and industry sponsored research agreement terms and publication practices. Some knowledge of intellectual property laws, publicity and privacy laws, and laws and regulations related to contracts, content and data, along with the willingness to learn more as necessary to become proficient. Knowledge of, or willingness to learn, licensing including development of non-exclusive distribution models, with the overall goal of helping university innovation developers create sustainable revenue to further research at UW.
Effective communications: Strong ability to engender confidence in faculty, staff, students and fellow colleagues. Expresses oneself clearly and empathetically in interactions with others in all forms of communication.
Interpersonal Awareness: Builds and maintains positive relationships and actively contributes as a member of working teams to achieve results. Ability to listen effectively, ask questions, and take feedback.
Critical Thinking: Obtains, analyzes and evaluates information effectively in the face of ambiguity. Makes appropriate decisions based on relevant information and experience.
Valuing Diversity and Inclusiveness: Respects, values and contributes to the UW’s commitment to inclusiveness and diversity.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Experience with copyright and content licensing including academic licensing.
Knowledge of software licensing models
Knowledge of data licensing models
Experience in consolidating and clearing title to intellectual property rights, particularly with creative works.
Experience in publishing and content development
Experience in SaaS business models
Entrepreneurial or industry experience focused on copyright, software, digital content, Saas, training, or data
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
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