Intellectual Property Manager : The Royal College of Art


CLOSING DATE: 19 August 2019

SCHOOL/AREA: Research & Innovation



SITE: Battersea

SALARY: £41,044 - £44,620 per annum


The Royal College of Art is the UK’s only entirely postgraduate art and design university. In 2018/19 the College will have some 2,300 students registered for MA, MRes, MPhil and PhD degrees and over 450 permanent academic, technical and administrative staff, with more than 1,000 visiting lecturers and professors. 

InnovationRCA is the College’s entrepreneurship and incubation centre, and has an impressive track record of building a portfolio of successful design-led spinouts from high tech and patent-based businesses through to creative brands. Its new offers include Innovation Development for Business, for corporates wishing to foster innovation cultures in their ranks and accelerate new product development, and Entrepreneurship Development programmes, for organisations wishing to stimulate and develop entrepreneurial ecosystems. InnovationRCA is also responsible for the protection and commercialisation of RCA patentable intellectual property. 

We are looking to recruit an Intellectual Property Manager to act as the College's main authority on intellectual property (IP) issues in order to maximise the returns to the College and its students on IP generated at the College. The Intellectual Property Manager will deliver IP training to teaching and research staff and to students; identify and assess the IP arising from technology, designs and processes created at the RCA; lead on the protection of IP; advise and support students and staff in relation to IP ownership and exploitation in agreements with third parties to protect the RCA's ownership rights; act as the first point of contact to resolve IP disputes, build a network of business support for IP development activities externally and a culture of IP awareness internally. Given the inventive nature of RCA students, the role will involve considerable student-engagement.

It is essential that the appointed candidate has excellent knowledge of the legal protection framework for intellectual property rights – including patents, design rights, trademarks, moral rights in particular as they apply to the arts. They will have a proven track record of negotiating and executing licences and other commercial agreements, and be able to demonstrate experience of conducting business outreach activities and strong market research experience. Candidates must be educated to degree level in a science, law or business subject, and also demonstrate strong interpersonal skills.

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Closing date: 
Monday, August 19, 2019
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