Manager Intellectual Property Services - Physical Sciences
Job#: 513707
Positions: 1
Posted: 08/20/2019
Job Type: Full Time
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Department: Skysong Innovations
Category: Skysong Innovations
Salary: Exempt
Benefits: Full Benefits
Apply To This Job
Return To List

Job Description

ASU Enterprise Partners–  Manager Intellectual Property Services - Physical Sciences,  Skysong Innovations

What we do:
ASU Enterprise Partners is a global-reaching non-profit based in Tempe, AZ. We raise resources to support students, researchers and programs at Arizona State University so that they can improve the world.

As is customary at ASU, we operate a little differently: not only do we cultivate philanthropy, we also identify real estate, technology transfer, international partnership and defense research opportunities that yield private support for the university. You can learn more about each of these entities at

Who we are:
Our team is varied – fundraisers, designers, scholars, financial wizards, ex-CEOs, filmmakers, venture capitalists, inventors, volunteers – and each member brings a different perspective to our vision.

Regardless of background, we share a mission that we can help, that quality higher education should be accessible -- no matter from where one comes -- and that we are responsible for the wellbeing of the communities we live in and serve.

Want to advance the most innovative university in the country – and your work? Join us.

There is no single career journey at Enterprise Partners. Roles often shift as passions are discovered. You’ll be encouraged to look across the organization to determine if new areas are of interest – whether in fundraising, real estate development, social media or something else. Training courses are offered every week, and our main offices face ASU’s Tempe campus, where our employees’ tuition is significantly reduced.

Our advancement opportunities are real – and so is the ability to be part of an intellectually stimulating, people-focused, mission-driven team doing meaningful work in a beautiful, vibrant, sunlit location.

Details about our comprehensive benefits are available at

Partner Description:

Skysong Innovations
As the top-rated university for innovation, Arizona State is a powerful generator of intellectual capital and technology. Skysong Innovations, a private non-profit organization, disseminates and manages that capital in the marketplace by nurturing relationships between faculty, investors and industry partners. Since its creation in 2003, Skysong Innovations has launched more than 120 startups, which support over 1,000 jobs and contribute hundreds of millions of dollars to Arizona’s economy.


Role Summary:

The Manager of Intellectual Property Services will work closely with faculty, in-house counsel and Skysong Innovations business development professionals on obtaining invention disclosures, evaluating them, and monitoring the preparation of patent applications. Additional responsibilities will include presentations to faculty, managing the patent prosecution budget, IP report generation and analysis, managing interns, and special projects.


What you'll do:

  • Interact closely with ASU faculty to monitor their research activities and to solicit and assist with the completion and submission of invention disclosures
  • Work with faculty to explain ASU’s technology transfer activities particularly with regard to invention disclosures, the patent application process and Skysong Innovations standard procedures and practices
  • Make presentations to faculty and student groups
  • When needed, work with in-house patent counsel and ASU inventors in crafting responses to patent office actions and other information requests
  • Work with internal leadership and the Skysong Innovations business development team to prepare reports and presentations communicating strategies, activities, and results obtained in the solicitation and management of intellectual property
  • Support researchers on intellectual property matters related to grant proposals for funding from public and private sources
  • Provide due diligence support to the Skysong Innovations business development team to assist in formulating strategies and action plans to bring innovations to market
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Assist with other SI projects as needed and as requested


What you'll need:

  • Ability to evaluate a wide range of Physical Science based technologies with respect to their commercial potential and application as/to products and processes in real world applications
  • Provide best-in-class IP services to faculty and staff
  • Team-oriented strategist able to effectively manage complex situations involving numerous and sometimes competing constituencies
  • Collaborative style, combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment
  • Strong and collegial interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in person, writing, and by phone with co-workers, faculty, researchers, administrators and industry
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities while being flexible
  • Attention to detail and thoroughness in completing assigned duties
  • Highly organized and able to handle multiple projects
  • Adept at navigating complex environments with evolving priorities and communication plans
  • Ability to represent and promote the institution well
  • Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to Skysong Innovations, ASU Enterprise Partners, its subsidiaries and University business and confidential prospect information
  • An advocate’s belief in the vision of ASU as the New American University


Relevant Experience:  

An advanced technical degree in the Physical Sciences (preferably a Ph.D.) is required. The incumbent will also be expected either to have, or to obtain within one year, admission to the US Patent Bar (as either an agent or attorney).


Contact us today.

ASU Enterprise Partners offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including medical, dental and vision insurance; a 401(k) plan, and reduced tuition at ASU.

For more information on ASU Enterprise Partners, visit our web site at  


ASU Enterprise Partners is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Apply To This Job