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Licensing Associate - Engineering/Physical Sciences - USC Stevens Center for Innovation

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University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

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Licensing Associate - Engineering/Physical Sciences - USC Stevens Center for Innovation


Los Angeles


Licensing Associate - Engineering/Physical Sciences - USC Stevens Center for InnovationApplyUSC Stevens Center for InnovationLos Angeles, California

The USC Stevens Center for Innovation seeks outstanding candidates for the position of Licensing Associate in engineering and physical sciences.

The USC Stevens Center is a university-wide resource in the office of the Provost whose mission is to help USC innovators make maximum impact with their ideas. As part of this role, the USC Stevens Center manages the university’s intellectual property portfolio stemming from USC’s approximately $700 million in annual research expenditures, and manages related patenting, technology marketing, licensing, and new venture development activity aimed at transitioning university innovations into commercial applications for the benefit of society. Licensing Associates play a key role in supporting these efforts.

The best candidates will have an advanced degree in either computer science or engineering, a passion for emerging technologies, very strong organization and communication skills, and a desire to learn and grow. Prior licensing and/or technology assessment experience is preferred but not required. This position provides an opportunity for an entrepreneurial-minded computer science or engineering graduate to play an active and critical role as new technologies go from idea to market. This opportunity will allow you to contribute to new approaches in innovation management and licensing within an already bold and forward-thinking academic institution!

Job Accountabilities:

In this role you will manage a portfolio of University-owned engineering and computer sciences inventions and support intellectual property development, protection, marketing and licensing. You will interact with faculty and researchers and learn about exciting new technologies in the areas of electronics, telecommunications technologies, computing and big data analytics, energy, nanotechnology and advanced materials. Specifically, you will have the following responsibilities:

Assisting with the assessment of inventions and identification of commercial applications through research and analysis of markets, competitive technologies, prior art, and patent landscape,

Manage a portfolio of university software and inventions.

Identify potential commercial applications and business partners for university inventions. Market university inventions through multiple channels to prospects capable of bringing the inventions to market.

Negotiate and complete non-complex licenses and related agreements, including development of business terms and overseeing internal diligence procedures prior to agreement signing

Assist in the management of complex intellectual property portfolios;

Coordinate efforts on a wide range of activities with other USC Stevens staff members, university researchers, business partners, law firms, and others; tracking activities in databases and ensuring that information is up to date

Train and supervise interns

Contribute to ongoing process improvement to enable the USC Stevens Center to deliver high quality, professional service to a growing base of inventors and business partners.

Preferred Qualifications:


Master’s Degree in either the Physical or Computer Sciences fields.


3 years of experience in a corporate or university technology transfer and business development setting.

Experience with startups and new product development

Ability to gather information and perform research utilizing databases and other online sources.

Experience directly relevant to evaluating the market potential of early-stage software and inventions in engineering/physical sciences industries, and identifying commercial potential.

Understanding of the patent prosecution process.

An understanding of software application development and related business processes.

Highly self-motivated with outstanding organization and time management skills.

Ability to juggle multiple tasks and complete projects on a timely basis, working both independently and as part of a team.

Eager to take ownership of projects.

Requires a high level of attention to detail.

Outstanding communication skills and ability to convey technical concepts.

Demonstrated ability to develop relationships with collaborators.

Customer service oriented.

Demonstrated perseverance and problem solving skills.

Field of Expertise:

Knowledge of patent and contract law

Business Development experience.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor's degree

Minimum Experience:

2 years

Minimum Field of Expertise:

Bachelor’s Degree in Science or Engineering.

Two years sales, marketing, contract, patent, or licensing experience.

Requires an understanding of the research and technology development process.

REQ20058371 Posted Date: 04/20/2018

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The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international business, USC's diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study, and collaboration with leading researchers in highly advanced learning environments. With a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education, USC fosters a vibrant culture of public service and encourages students to cross academic as well as geographic boundaries in their pursuit of knowledge.

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