The University of Nevada, Reno is a public, land-grant university and is among the top universities with the highest levels of research activity designated by the Carnegie R1 classification.

The University is recruiting for a Licensing Associate/Senior Licensing Associate with primary responsibilities for managing and commercializing University innovations. The position is within the Office of Enterprise & Innovation which manages University's intellectual property and related transactions to maximize the commercialization potential of innovations created from faculty research for public benefit.

The Licensing Associate/Senior Licensing Associate is responsible for assisting with commercializing innovations created at the University through licensing, new company formation, and creation of strategic partnerships with the private sector. The incumbent will establish strong, productive relationships with University faculty and researchers, educate them about intellectual property and commercialization, and work with them to identify commercial applications, value propositions, development strategies, and potential licensees for their inventions. The incumbent will solicit and evaluate inventions, tangible materials, and copyrightable works for patentability and/or business potential; manage the patent process; create a robust and targeted innovation marketing program; and assist in negotiating licensing and collaboration agreements.


  • Establish strong rapport with faculty and other research staff; work with team members to provide effective and efficient services to faculty while maximizing IP and commercialization opportunities for the University;

  • Lead engagement efforts with faculty to identify promising technologies and facilitate new sponsored research and licensing opportunities;

  • Evaluate invention disclosures for patentability and commercialization potential;

  • Maximize the commercial potential of technologies by developing a commercialization plan including conducting market research, authoring and publishing marketing materials, and identifying potential licensees;

  • Assist in structuring license deals and drafting and negotiating term sheets and license agreements;

  • Manage assigned intellectual property portfolio including managing IP protection for inventions in various stages of development; work with patent counsel to coordinate patent filings and prosecution matters.

Required Qualifications - Candidates will be hired at the level that is comparable to their experience, knowledge, skills and abilities

Licensing Associate

Bachelor's Degree and three (3) years of related work experience; OR a Master's Degree and two (2) years of related work experience

Related Experience: Technology transfer, licensing, creation of startup companies, marketing technological innovations, intellectual property, experience in grant writing for awards, such as I-Corps

Senior Licensing Associate

Bachelor's Degree and five (5) years of related professional experience; OR a Master's Degree and three (3) years of related professional experience.

Related Experience: Technology transfer, private sector business development, negotiations/sales, strategy and operations consulting, intellectual property management, product development, product commercialization

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree, MS or PhD, in engineering, physical sciences or life/biological sciences.

  • Ability to assess the potential of a nascent technology for commercial applications including startup opportunities and strategic partnerships.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop marketing materials and to implement marketing strategies suitable for a given technology.

  • Demonstrated proficiency in identifying potential industry partners and negotiating and closing licenses.

  • Exceptional customer service mindset and approach that engenders confidence and trust among faculty and industry partners.

  • Ability to function as a member of a diverse team including sponsored projects office, legal counsel, and economic development entities.

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to prioritize and manage a diverse technology/IP portfolio.

  • Registered Technology Transfer Professional

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