MUSCP - Director of Intellectual Property & Licensing - Zucker Institute for Innovation Commercialization

  • 548351
  • Charleston, South Carolina
  • Bu/Other
  • Business Operations
  • Full Time

Entity/Organization:  MUSC Physicians (MUSCP)

Hours per week: 40

Scheduled Work Hours/Shift: Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Pay Basis/FLSA:   Salary / Exempt

Job Summary/Purpose

Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer of the Zucker Institute, the Director of Intellectual Property & Licensing (Dir IP & Licensing) is responsible for managing the legal activities surrounding MUSC’s portfolio of IP including directing patent prosecution, and drafting and negotiating agreements with industry partners to create viable products thereof.

Required Minimum Training and Education: 

Graduate degree in a technical field. Five or more years of relevant work experience managing intellectual property in the life sciences, physical sciences, or computer sciences. Extensive knowledge of intellectual property and principles of licensing. Significant experience in patentability assessment. Ability to lead a team of intellectual property specialists. Strong competency in developing complex collaborations. Experience managing a team. Ability to communicate complex scientific concepts clearly and concisely to audiences with and without technical expertise. Demonstrated ability to effectively enable strong collaboration and team work among a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders. Exceptionally capable of simultaneously managing multiple projects at different stages in execution. Capacity for thinking both strategically and tactically.

Required Licensure, Certifications, Registrations: N/A

Job Duties and Responsibilities: Responsibilities for the Dir IP & Licensing role include, but are not limited to:

  • Cultivating and actively managing MUSC’s pipeline of inventions, patent applications, patents, copyrighted works, and tangible results.
  • Serving as the final decision maker regarding expenditures for new patent applications and ongoing patent prosecution, relative to the advisement of other the Zucker Institute team members.
  • Building, training, and managing a team of IP Specialists that will be eliciting invention disclosures, evaluating disclosures for patentability and commercial relevance, and managing the filing and prosecution of patent applications; conflict resolution for matters that are escalated by the IP Specialists and stakeholders.
  • Creating and managing the operating budget for IP-related expenditures.
  • Developing an outreach plan for the IP team and faculty as it relates to innovation activities to ensure stakeholder awareness and satisfaction and to promote a culture of innovation.
  • Coordinating with the commercialization and development teams to evaluate the appropriate commercialization pathway for intellectual property – via any combination of licensing, new venture formation, or corporate sponsored research.
  • Coordinating with the commercialization team to receive market validation on innovations supporting strategic decisions on whether to file and/or continue prosecution of intellectual property.
  • Coordinating with the commercialization team and patent administrator to balance recapture of past patent expenses with the mission to place technologies in the hands of industry partners, including startups.
  • Preparing cost / benefit proposals concerning areas of work to perform in-house, versus paying for an outside firm.
  • Coordinating with the VP of Commercialization on deal structure including term sheet development.
  • Drafting and negotiating IP-related agreements.
  • Collaborating with the General Counsel of the Zucker Institute to efficiently monitor license compliance.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Physical Requirements: Continuous requirements are to perform job functions while standing, walking and sitting. Ability to bend at the waist, kneel, climb stairs, reach in all directions, fully use both hands and legs, possess good finger dexterity, perform repetitive motions with hands/wrists/elbows and shoulders, reach in all directions. Maintain 20/40 vision corrected, see and recognize objects close at hand and at a distance, work in a latex safe environment and work indoors.  Frequently lift and/or carry objects weighing 20 lbs (+/-) unassisted. Lift from 36” to overhead 15 lbs.  Infrequently work in dusty areas and confined/cramped spaces.


Founded in 1824 in Charleston, MUSC is home to the oldest medical school in the South as well as the state’s only integrated academic health sciences center, with a unique charge to serve the state through education, research and patient care. Each year, MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and nearly 800 residents in six colleges: Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. MUSC brought in more than $271 million in biomedical research funds in fiscal year 2020, continuing to lead the state in obtaining National Institutes of Health funding, with more than $129.9 million.

As the clinical health system of MUSC, MUSC Health is dedicated to delivering the highest quality and safe patient care while training generations of compassionate, competent health care providers to serve the people of South Carolina and beyond. Close to 25,000 care team members provide care for patients at 14 hospitals with approximately 2,500 beds and 5 additional hospital locations in development, more than 300 telehealth sites and nearly 750 care locations situated in the Lowcountry, Midlands, Pee Dee and Upstate regions of South Carolina. In 2021, for the seventh consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the No. 1 hospital in South Carolina.

MUSC and its affiliates have collective annual budgets of $4.4 billion. The more than 25,000 MUSC team members include world-class faculty, physicians, specialty providers and scientists who deliver groundbreaking education, research, technology and patient care.

In 2020, MUSC launched its bold new strategic plan, OneMUSC 2025, with seven goals including “Create a culture of innovation.” To meet its strategic objective, MUSC continues to refine its innovation infrastructure and to invest in new programs and initiatives that incentive innovation and serve to advance the Zucker Institute towards its own goal of becoming a best-in-class commercialization engine for the enterprise.

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