Job Information

University of Utah Intellectual Property Manager in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 02/14/2023

Requisition Number PRN33879B

Job Title Manager, Program(s)

Working Title Intellectual Property Manager

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area President

Department 00642 - PIVOT Center

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $47,600 to $79,699

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The PIVOT Center at the University of Utah is seeking a Patent Manager that will play a critical role in the organization. The Patent Manager is accountable for maximizing the value of the University’s intellectual property portfolio. The individual will be responsible for managing the full patent life cycle including: directing work to law firms, liaise with counsel on prior art searches and coordinating the drafting of patent applications and office action responses, and maintenance/annuity decisions. The key to success in this position is comfort with complex issues, excellent communication skills and the ability to organize and prioritize work.

Knowledge in the patent and intellectual property field is required and experience in technology transfer and the commercialization field is desired. The ability to grasp complex issues quickly and proactively manage a high volume of information and deadlines is necessary.

The PIVOT Center serves as a catalyst for on campus discoveries and innovation. We are responsible for all aspects of invention management, patent prosecution, licensing, startup formation and support, early stage funding and bringing important discoveries to market. The IP team coordinates with University outside counsel, University inventors, and other institutions to properly manage and protect University IP assets. If you are motivated to make a difference, and enjoy learning about new discoveries in the technological world, you’ll find the high paced atmosphere at the PIVOT Center an interesting place to work.


  1. Liaise with inventors and counsel to perform IP assessment, file, and prosecute patent applications.
  2. Review invention disclosures, work with outside counsel, technology experts and other PIVOT Center teams to assemble necessary information to facilitate strategic decision making relating to intellectual property.
  3. Direct and manage outside counsel, related budgets and, where applicable, enforce rates, project fees, and timelines.
  4. Manage patent portfolio and strategies under the guidance of TVC leadership.
  5. Manage IP process to ensure that appropriate and timely information is communicated to internal teams, legal counsel, and adherence to application timelines.
  6. Ensure customer satisfaction by analyzing complaints, concerns and suggestions and providing appropriate follow-through. Facilitates cooperative and collaborative community and institutional relationships.
  7. Implements departmental SOP’s and best practice policies consistent with the PIVOT Center’s continuous quality improvement program.
  8. Foster strong, collaborative relationships with stakeholders across all functional areas and create efficient and effective processes for communicating, advising and working with stakeholders at all levels of the organization.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in a related area or equivalency (2 years related work experience may be substituted for 1 year of education). Four to six years of progressively more responsible management experience. Background knowledge of hiring department’s area of specialization in order to analyze, plan and draw conclusions for recommendations to superiors. Demonstrated leadership skills in planning and directing employees and processes in order to effectively monitor and develop subordinates and to ensure the smooth operation of department. Completion of provided supervisory training within one year of employment may be required. Master’s degree in a related area may be preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


  1. A degree in business, law, science, engineering or related field and four years of experience in technology transfer, including experience in intellectual property protection and commercializing technology. Master’s degree in one of these related areas may be preferred.
  2. Working knowledge of state, federal, and international laws regarding technology transfer and intellectual property.
  3. Understanding of commercialization process.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

383 University Street, Level 1 OEO Suite

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

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