Intellectual Property Manager, The Ohio State University

Work for a university that is consistently ranked as one of the most innovative in the nation.


The Ohio State University has partnered exclusively with the Vortechs Group to find an Intellectual Property (IP) Manager. The IP Manager is responsible for overseeing the patent portfolio for the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) at Ohio State. The Manager will oversee the growth of TCO’s patent and other IP portfolios and ensure IP due diligence and research prior to patent filing. In this position, the Manager will work with licensing managers and legal professionals to maintain an extensive patent portfolio.

The incumbent will build and maintain positive working relationships with intellectual property law firms and assist in the evaluation of law firm performance to determine the most strategic partnerships. The interaction will include overseeing substantive work product and patent filings, managing attorneys and paralegals, invoicing, and process adherence. The IP Manager will work closely with the licensing managers to develop processes for outside vendors that enable the team to meet its goals.

Learn more: OSU Intellectual Property Manager Position Specification


The University

The Ohio State University(OSU) ranks 4thin the nation among all research universities in industry-sponsored research, according to statistics compiled by the National Science Foundation. The breadth, scope, and excellence of its research programs make Ohio State a leading force of innovation and change —locally, nationally, and globally.

Ohio State’s research and academic programs offer some of the widest variety in the country. The Ohio State University is also home to atop-rated medical center, a premier cancer hospital, and a state-of-the-art heart hospital.In addition to this, the University boasts over 80 research centers.The technology commercialization office at OSU features an Inventor’s Wall, which showcases the extraordinary contributions this institution has had in the world of science, research, and invention. Ohio State has more National Academy Awards than any other university.

In 2017, Ohio State was ranked #25 on Reuters Top 100 Most Innovative Universities in the World, ahead of CalTech, Cornell, and Oxford universities.


The Position: Intellectual Property Manager

The Intellectual Property Manager’s key responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing patent research process. Ensuring invention due diligence and research prior to coordinating patent requests with law firms. Making sure patent compliance at all stages of the process through proper reporting to grant agency such as the NIH. Supervising Patent Coordinator and Legal and Intellectual Property Interns.
  • Building and maintaining positive working relationships with local intellectual property law firms; serving as a liaison with the firm on patent prosecution and remaining current on patent rules and regulations, both foreign and domestic. Organizing training for TCO employees, seminars with law firms, and other professional development regarding patents for staff and faculty.
  • Analyzing and prioritizing patent portfolio. Directing Patent Coordinator to ensure effective reporting formats. Prioritizing decision-making so that all necessary decisions are completed by the deadlines. Managing invoice charging process to ensure efficiency and determining cost savings initiatives. Managing database and creating standard operating procedures for patent process.

Read more about the position in the OSU Intellectual Property Manager Position Specification


The Area: Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio is an amalgam of industry and experiences. With state government activities taking center stage, it also boasts a rich academic community with The Ohio State University. Columbus is the headquarters for many large companies. Its diversified economy keeps the cost of living well under national average.

Columbus has been named to too many Best of lists to include all of them here but some of the notables are: One of the 6 Best Big Cities by Time and Money Magazine, one of the Top 6 American Dream Cities, and #1 Opportunity City according to Forbes. Read more about Columbus’ awards and listings.



For application process, see the OSU Intellectual Property Manager Position Specification

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