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At Skysong Innovations, You Matter.

As a Skysong Innovations employee, you are the critical liaison between university inventions and real-world impact.

As a member of our team, you move university technology to the marketplace in a variety of ways. Whether it’s facilitating invention disclosures, providing entrepreneurial coaching, linking to venture funding, connecting researchers to outside companies or developing commercialization strategies, the work we do inspires further innovation, develops new products, creates jobs, grows future companies and even launches new industries. 

You think creatively, and you don’t sacrifice the critical details in favor of the big picture.

You look at the broad-scale applications of nascent products and technologies, and work to bring each one of them into the marketplace. You’re willing to brainstorm alternative commercialization pathways to find the best mode to market. 

You’re a powerful mind in your own field, and you’re eager to work with present and future leaders in others.

Your expertise allows you to appreciate how different marketing and licensing decisions will affect potential industry partners, and allows you to act as a sentinel who ensures a fair return on the value provided by university intellectual property.

You’re excited to engage

with the highest-level faculty and students, interface with dynamic ventures both within the local community and around the country, and provide access to top-tier entrepreneurial support that will help retain and grow high-performing startups.

You’re an innovator among innovators.

You devise and deploy broad, unique outreach initiatives within and beyond the university, launching and protecting intellectual property while maximizing opportunities for technology transfer in broader industries. You look for ways to ensure that top products and startups deliver maximum social, economic and even global impact.

We Want You on Our Team.

Current Openings

Compliance and IP Assistant

Compliance and IP Assistant Job#: 498345 Positions: 1 Posted: 01/31/2019 Job Type: Full Time Location: Scottsdale, AZ Department: Skysong Innovations Salary: Non-exempt Benefits: Full Benefits Apply To This Job Return To List Job Description ASU Enterprise Partners - Compliance and IP Assistant , 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. General Summary: This Compliance and IP Assistant position is a newly created full-time position within Skysong Innovations, LLC. Skysong Innovations is the exclusive provider of technology transfer and intellectual property (IP) management services to Arizona State University (ASU). The new Compliance and IP Assistant will join an accomplished technology transfer office in its mission to advance ASU innovations from the laboratory to the marketplace for the good of society. The Compliance and IP Assistant will work closely with, and support, Skysong Innovations’ IP paralegals on both the Physical Sciences and Life Sciences teams What you'll do: •Identifying and executing upon compliance activities, including those related to federal reporting, utilization reports, compliance notifications, confirmatory licenses, government support clauses in patent applications, and others •Monitoring team member activity lists and following up with team members to stay ahead of upcoming docket deadlines •Assisting in-house legal counsel with the coordination and preparation of inter-institutional agreements •Providing support, as needed, to IP paralegals and other IP team members on both the Physical Sciences and Life Sciences teams •Backing up other administrative team members on an as-needed basis •Other duties as assigned Skills/Requirements What you'll need: •High attention to detail •Ability to learn databases quickly and effectively and use them on a daily basis (e.g., Inteum, Wellspring, etc.) •Ability to navigate and utilize the iEdison reporting platform effectively •Familiarity with federal compliance responsibilities under Bayh-Dole •Familiarity with the basic timeline and sequence of events associated with patent prosecution •Collaborative style, combined with the ability and desire to work in a team-based environment •Ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality and responsibility regarding information related to ASU Enterprise Partners, its subsidiaries and University business and confidential prospect information •Strong and collegial interpersonal skills and an ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and by phone •Ability to work both independently and as part of a team •Problem solver who can take initiative and set priorities while being flexible •Team-oriented strategist able to manage complex situations effectively, involving numerous and sometimes competing constituencies •Ability to represent the institution well •An advocate’s belief in the vision of ASU as the New American University •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 Relevant Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess at least two (2) years of prior hands-on experience in a similar role to include education and/or training in compliance as well as a general understanding of intellectual property knowledge and processes. Bachelor's degree a plus. Skysong Innovations, through 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 Skysong Innovations, visit our existing web site at Skysong Innovations is an equal opportunity employer

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Marketing Associate

General Summary: · The mission statement for the Physical Science Technology Transfer function is to identify, evaluate, protect, market and commercialize innovative physical science based technologies developed at Arizona State University, a $600MM research enterprise. The aim is for ASU technologies to be licensed to both established and startup companies with a view to promoting societal benefits while also ensuring a fair return for the university While the incumbent will be joining SI to assist in the evaluation of technologies for commercial potential, prepare written non-confidential descriptions, assist in the development of commercial strategies and identify potential licensees for technologies. The major activity will be to carry out marketing campaigns, updating marketing records and following up on leads. · Further, he/she will search relevant business information and analyze commercial factors such as market size, developmental risk, and competitive environment. He/she will work independently with the internet and other technology and literature database tools to perform research on the new technology for commercial potential. SI has an extensive database of companies working in a wide range of PS related fields and the successful candidate will need to maintain and update this database on a regular basis. He/she will assist the other members of the PS team in determining the keys aspects of invention disclosure with respect to marketing strategies and will take the lead in all marketing activities. · Through on-the-job training, he/she will develop a working knowledge of the technology transfer process including patent management, and the negotiation of technology transfer agreements. This will lead to making preliminary recommendations supporting final investment decisions and assisting other SI staff with invention disclosure reviews and inventor interviews. Report writing and presentation skills are essential. What you'll do: · Preparing written non-confidential disclosures, assembling a target-marketing list, recording marketing activities in Inteum database and running marketing campaigns for faculty innovations. · Perform market research studies to aid the assessment of disclosures. Create Market research reports and marketing documents. · Conduct and support marketing outreach activities and support licensing negotiations · Actively market PS technologies via e-mail campaigns and support the PS team in formulating strategies to bring innovations to market. · If needed interact closely with ASU faculty to monitor their research activities and to solicit and assist with the completion and submission of invention disclosures · If needed meet and work with faculty to explain ASU’s technology transfer activities, solicit invention disclosures, and explain the patent application process and Skysong Innovation’s standard procedures and practices. · Make presentations to faculty and student groups · Provide back up and support to the PS team as needed in any aspect of the technology transfer process.

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Director Business Development Physical Sciences

The overall responsibility of the Business Development Manager is to work with faculty and administration in identifying physical science inventions; securing appropriate IP coverage; marketing to potential licensees; executing commercial license agreements including facilitating faculty startups; and ensuring diligence on the part of the licensees. What you'll do: · Engage and enhance strong working relationships with faculty · Search-out and work with faculty to disclose commercially valuable ideas and prosecute intellectual property filings · Market to potential licensees via emailing, phone calls, and face-to-face meetings · Negotiate and execute licensing transactions from term sheet to definitive agreement · Maintain up to date project status via central database · Make presentations to faculty, industry, university leadership and boards · Other duties as assigned

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Student Patent Assistant

Skysong Innovations (SI) is seeking an extremely detail-oriented undergraduate or graduate student to assist with a specific step in the process by which ASU patents new university innovations. SI is the technology transfer arm of Arizona State University, assisting in the commercialization of innovations that are developed by ASU researchers. SI is located at SkySong, the premier portal serving the needs of businesses, research, and technology industry and academia while building vital networks between university innovations, regional progress, and the global technology industry. SkySong is located at the intersection of Scottsdale Road and McDowell Road in Scottsdale. As part of the patenting process, applicants must disclose certain information to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. One way in which applicants do so is by submitting a particular type of document called an Information Disclosure Statement or “IDS.” The Patent Assistant will assist Skysong Innovations in preparing such IDS documents in the context of the large patent portfolio managed by Skysong Innovations. Specifically, the Patent Assistant will be given lists of scientific papers and patent-related publications called “references.” Using those lists, the Patent Assistant will independently obtain copies of the references and generate a list of citations in a particular format suitable for submission to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Although extremely high attention to detail and a general familiarity with research publications is required for this position, Skysong Innovations will provide the Patent Assistant with the specific training required to create the requested work product.

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This externship will expose the students to technology transfer issues, including the identification, protection and commercialization of new technology.

Students in our legal externship program must hold a technical undergraduate or graduate degree (science, engineering, technology, computer science). Experience with IP in general and patent law in particular is helpful; an eagerness to learn is required.

You will coordinate with inventors and internal and external counsel as you prepare technology transfer documents, including technology evaluations, claim charts, patent applications, office action responses, and more.

Graduate (Masters/PhD/MBA) students with backgrounds in engineering, physical sciences, biology, biochemistry and bioscience are encouraged to apply.

Students will be responsible for writing reports, assessing commercial viability of inventions submitted to Skysong Innovations, identifying potential investors or licensees, developing marketing materials for our inventions, and/or conducting financial analyses for negotiations. Students will be invited to attend internal staff presentations and engage with our team.

Students that fill this position will be reporting to our administrative team and should be able to work in a team environment, have a basic knowledge of MS office programs, strong attention to detail and willingness to learn. The essential functions of this position are answering the phone, filing, and data entry as well as any other duties needed to improve and support our day-to-day operations.