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Intellectual Property Specialist

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Work type: Staff
Senior management: Vice President for Research
Department: Univ - Tech Transfer
Location: Blacksburg - Main Campus
Categories: Other, Research / Scientific, Program/Project Management

Job Description

The LICENSE team within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation (OVPRI) and the Center for Power Electronics Systems (CPES) at Virginia Tech are seeking an Intellectual Property (IP) Specialist to join the LICENSE team. The IP Specialist will collaborate closely with CPES to assist in administering the CPES IP portfolio and other portions of the Virginia Tech IP portfolio as needed. LICENSE, within the Division of Innovation & Partnerships, is taking a holistic and integrated approach to commercialization of technology from “discovery to market” to ensure strategic partnerships and innovation management deliver impacts and growth for the university, region, state, and beyond. This position will assist both LICENSE and CPES leadership in the administration of IP owned and licensed by Virginia Tech.

The Intellectual Property (IP) Specialist manages the administration and maintenance of Virginia Tech’s worldwide intellectual property portfolio (involving patents, copyrights, trademarks and licensing), as well as preparation of legal documents and providing other documentation and compliance support. The ideal candidate is energetic, able to work independently and with a team, flexible, and highly organized with an extreme attention to detail. The successful incumbent must be able to juggle multiple projects and thrive in a fast-paced environment while maintaining confidentiality and a positive attitude. This position has a dual reporting structure to CPES’ Director and to the Director of Technology Commercialization at LICENSE. The position will be located on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, with time split between the LICENSE and CPES offices to ensure a close working relationship to both LICENSE and CPES.

Required Qualifications

- Technical Diploma, Associate Degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience
- Demonstrated experience with IP prosecution matters
- Demonstrated project management experience
- Strong communication skills across multi-disciplinary teams
- Demonstrated experience with event planning or event support
- Demonstrated experience using office software such as databases, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and email
- Strong problem solving skills

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Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

June 20, 2022

Additional Information

Position is located on-site in Blacksburg, VA.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kaitlin Winfree at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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