Manager, Intellectual Property

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Updated: December 21, 2019
Job ID: 214925
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Location: Bethesda, MD, United States

Join the HJF Team!

HJF is seeking a Manager, Intellectual Property to support the Technology Transfer Department located at the HJF Home Office in Bethesda, Maryland.

The responsibilities of the Manager of Intellectual Property cover a broad range of scientific and legal activities relating to the administration and management of intellectual property. The position works with the Senior Director of Technology Transfer, the existing Manager, Intellectual Property, and the Intellectual Property (IP) Specialist in the management of HJF’s intellectual property portfolio and performs technical and legal analyses of invention disclosures, patent applications and patent office actions; advising the Technology Transfer section of the Office of the General Counsel concerning the same.


  1. Manage filing and prosecution of HJF patent applications by developing prosecution strategy, coordinating technical content with inventors, and evaluating and authorizing the activities of outside patent counsel on behalf of HJF.
  2. Manage incoming intellectual property by analyzing invention disclosures, manuscripts, abstracts and posters for intellectual property and providing technical and legal evaluation of their scientific merit, patentability, and competitive landscape, in coordination with the Director of Technology Transfer, Director of the Joint (USU-HJF) Office of Technology Transfer (JOTT), and the Chief Technology Transfer Officer.
  3. Promote the expansion of HJF’s intellectual property portfolio by educating internal and external customers on technology transfer, patent law and commercialization strategy. Assist in the development of operating procedures, policies and goals to improve operations as they relate to intellectual property management.
  4. Negotiate Inter-Institutional Agreements with co-owners of intellectual property and provide patent management support for the Agreements Management function.
  5. May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned or directed by the supervisor. This may include attendance of and participation in required training for role.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Self-starter with excellent analytical, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated skills in handling complex inter- and intra-organizational issues in a timely manner and managing multiple projects simultaneously. Ability to assist in the management of a large portfolio of technologies with diverse subject matter. Ability to present material in a concise and professional manner to a wide variety of individuals and groups, including faculty, staff, attorneys, and business people. Detailed knowledge of patent law and practice in the US and some knowledge of foreign patent practice is essential. General knowledge of technology transfer, licensing and business principles is desired, as well as a high degree of computer proficiency, including knowledge of intellectual property management systems, is preferred. Ability to interact creatively and harmoniously with co-workers, inventors, and outside business professionals is essential.

Minimum Education: Master’s degree required. Doctoral degree preferred. 

Minimum Experience/ Training Requirements: 6 – 8 years of relevant work experience. 

Work Environment: Office.

Employment with HJF is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, which may include, but is not limited to, contacting your professional references, verification of previous employment, addresses, education, and credentials, a criminal background check, drug screening, and a department of motor vehicle (DMV) check.  

HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Any qualifications to be considered as equivalents, in lieu of stated minimums, require the prior approval of the Chief Human Resources Officer.