Executive Director of Licensing – The Ohio State University

The Executive Director – Licensing will oversee the licensing function for The Ohio State University’s intellectual property for all schools, colleges, and institutes across the university.

The Executive Director is responsible for:

  • Establishing best practices and ensuring the effective performance of the team across all aspects of licensing including invention assessment, intellectual property protection strategies, market analysis and commercialization strategy, negotiating and structuring licenses, option and other related agreements, and post-license surveillance.
  • Through inspirational leadership, the Executive Director will foster a positive culture of service excellence by the licensing staff to all key stakeholders, both internal and external to the university.
  • The Executive Director will define clear objectives, strategies, and tactics for the licensing team which align with the mission of the Corporate Engagement Office and the university. In addition, they will actively work to develop the licensing staff, improve the effectiveness and efficiency of core processes, and ensure an outstanding customer experience through all aspects of stakeholder engagement.
  • The Executive Director will manage the university’s portfolio of intellectual property working with IP staff and outside counsel to achieve the appropriate level of claim protection. They will manage the pipeline of technologies from invention disclosure to license expiration and manage all aspects of reporting.

About The Corporate Engagement Office at The Ohio State University

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Ohio State has a breadth and depth that few universities possess.  They strive to make the right connections, by forming mutually-beneficial relationships that positively impact society by advancing innovation, developing talent and driving economic success.

They work closely with inventors, companies, entrepreneurs, investors and other organizations by connecting the right people and resources to fill gaps and solve complex problems. Learn more at https://ceo.osu.edu/about.

Offices within the Corporate Engagement Office include: Technology Commercialization, Corporate Business Development, New Ventures, & Economic Development.

FY20 Stats:

  • Invention Disclosures: 367
  • Patents Issued: 191
  • Technologies Licensed: 94
  • New Startups: 13


Required: Masters, MBA, JD, or Ph.D. in life sciences, biomedical sciences, engineering, physical sciences, or a related field. At least fifteen (15) years of experience in licensing early stage intellectual property with an emphasis on business development and deal negotiation. Excellent interpersonal skills, management skills and written and oral communication skills. Adept in negotiation, university policies, patent and recent changes in patent law, exceptional knowledge and network in industry licensing. Proven track record of closing successful deals demonstrable through deal sheet. Has positive attitude and models inspirational leadership to build strong, resilient, and innovative teams. 

Desired: Certified Licensing Professional and/or Registered Technology Transfer Professional. University and industry experience in the pharmaceutical, life sciences, or related sectors.