AURIL2017 Annual Conference
5th and 6th October 2017


Bristol Marriott Royal
College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TA 

Contact: Fiona Lees
  0141 548 4754

IP Specialist - AgorIP
Closing 27 June 2017

Reference: AC02174
Salary: £39324 to £46924.per annum (pro-rata if part time)
Location: Swansea University

The AgorIP (Open IP) Operation will provide an Open Access Open Innovation Framework, available to academia, University Health Boards and industrial collaborators across West Wales and the Valleys servicing a pipeline of some 300-400 commercial opportunities at various levels of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs).

AgorIP will be led and managed by the School of Management, within the established governance of Swansea University. Research commercialised by the project will be drawn from across the University’s Colleges and partners (such as the Welsh University Health Boards), providing clear separation between project activity and resource, and the researchers involved in development of the technology for commercialisation.

The IP Specialist will lead the management of the AgorIP IP portfolio ensuring the quality of filings and registrations and the deployment of specialist contractors for drafting and other services. The IP Specialist together with a contracts manager to be appointed, will liaise with legal functions within REIS and partners ensuring that appropriate contractual agreements are in place.   The IP Specialist will line manage the Portfolio Administrator to ensure appropriate management of the relevant IP databases.

The role is part-funded by REIS and will receive task management for this element from the REIS Head of IP Commercialisation. This is to ensure that University IP which does not fall within the scope of the AgorIP Operation can still be managed by the University in a consistent and professional manner.  The incumbent will be expected to work within REIS on a hot-desking basis.

Main Duties:

AgorIP is an ambitious project to build linkages with IP inventors across Wales with particular emphasis on Universities and Health Boards (UHB), and to commercialise those IPs for the good of the regions. This will require substantial external efforts to build, consolidate and contractually define external relationships and the IPs relevant to the project.

The role of the IP Specialist is to lead on the management of the portfolio of IP for AgorIP Operation and for the University. This will involve liaison with inventors, generation of patents via external contractors, and will primarily manage relations with external contractors regarding management of filings, renewals, licencing and assignments. 

The IP Specialist must be able to deputise for the Project Director and the Head of IP Commercialisation when required and also act on behalf of the Project Director when working remotely across Wales.

It is anticipated that the IP Specialist will be experienced in technology transfer, particularly in a university setting, and experienced in managing external contractors such as patent firms, and trademark attorneys.   Experience associated with IP licensing or company formation within a University context would be highly desirable.

In achieving these outcomes, the IP Specialist is expected to interact with a diverse project team of resources involving multiple skills from multiple sources. The role requires strong abilities and experience in the management of senior stakeholders and an ability to independently supervise each project team independently from the senior management teams at the University.

In particular the IP Specialist is responsible for applying the following competencies independently in complex situations:

  1. Defining IP and how it can be protected.
  2. Identifying and interfacing with senior University, company and UHB executives that can assist with IP ownership and resolving gatekeeping issues.
  3. Identifying, addressing and resolving differences between individuals and/or interest groups involved in the project. These parties to include Universities, Companies, Investors, WG and NHS.
  4. Managing project stakeholders, taking account of their levels of influence and particular interests
  5. Managing, supervising and directing external legal and IP contractors.
  6. Working closely with the Technology Transfer Team of the Project and the IP & Commercial Research Manager in REIS
  7. Developing and managing the Portfolio Administrator
  8. Working closely with the REIS IP team to develop a seamless approach to IP development

For more information and to apply, please click on this link to visit the website of Swansea University.