IP MANAGER : University of Liverpool

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Job Ref: 011295


Faculty: Central Professional Services, Research Partnerships and Innovation, IP Commercialisation

Location: University Campus         

Grade: 8

Salary: £40,792 - £51,630 pa

Hours of Work: Full Time

Tenure: Available until 31 July 2021


Shortlisting and interview arrangements are the responsibility of the Recruiting Department. Please contact Emma Nolan,

email: emma.nolan@liverpool.ac.uk for all enquiries.


The University of Liverpool is a global institution; it is one of only several UK HE institutions to have a campus in China, has recently opened an innovative new campus in London and is the largest provider of wholly online degrees in Europe. The University’s research power has been ranked 20th in the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF), with seven subjects in the top 10. We have a national profile for our contribution to widening participation in UK HE, ensuring that no student able to benefit from studying at a Russell Group University is deterred from applying as a result of financial constraints.

This is a very exciting time to be joining the University; we have embarked on a new strategy and have ambitious plans for growth as a global university at the forefront of knowledge leadership. This is manifest in part by the significant development in the Liverpool campus and the introduction of award winning teaching laboratories, on-campus student accommodation, a £25m investment in our libraries and a £36m investment in our engineering facilities.

The University is at the heart of a world famous city, Liverpool, which has been energetically re-inventing itself over the past 10 years. The award of Capital of Culture in 2008 led to a £14bn development programme and the city has recently been voted in the top three cities to visit in the world by the Rough Guide. Liverpool is a truly vibrant place to be.

We are seeking to recruit a University IP Manager to join our increasingly successful IP team. The role will be central to the successful management of University IP assets arising primarily from research activities.


  • Promoting awareness of the importance of IP protection and exploitation and related impact.
  • Delivering IP related training events and in conjunction with the Head of IP Commercialisation developing a programme and processes for training/advising academics on IP issues. Providing specialist advice, awareness workshops and training across the University on all aspects of IP protection, including patent filing, copyright protection, design rights and use of trademarks.
  • Supporting academics and the legal office with IP and commercial aspects of funding applications.
  • Advising academics on the management of IP related issues when engaging with new and existing partnerships or collaborations.
  • Engaging with academics regarding invention disclosures, the identification of IP requiring protection, leading on the determination of the most appropriate mechanism for protection, in particular for patentable inventions with commercial potential.
  • Developing and implementing policy and procedures for undertaking IP due diligence in relation to IP ownership through analysis of contracts (including funder’s IP ownership and exploitation rights) relating to specific inventions, technologies and disclosures.
  • Assessing and advising on the strength of IP rights including patent prior art searches.
  • Advising on IP protection strategies, leading on the process of filing patent applications, liaising with patent agents, ensuring that deadlines are monitored and the University’s patent processes are managed effectively. Working with other members of the team and the University’s external patent agents and legal resources to develop and implement procedures for the optimisation of patenting, licensing and contract processes.


Working closely with the IP Commercialisation Managers to evaluate the commercial potential of IP 

  • commercialisation opportunities and preferred exploitation routes. Contributing to the decisions of the IP Commercialisation Managers on the most appropriate route for exploitation, and negotiating with potential licensees/assignees to facilitate the commercialisation of the University’s IP.
  • Developing, implementing and maintaining effective IP and commercialisation contracts information systems to document identified IP through the invention disclosure process, and associated documents signed on behalf of the IP Commercialisation team. This will include providing specialist advice and the preparation, negotiation and execution of a range of contracts and other legal documents, including non-disclosure agreements, material transfer agreements, assignment and licence agreements, joint ownership agreements and the development of template agreements for the Commercialisation Team.
  • Supporting academics in submitting applications for funding (translational/industrial/POC) for IP development, liaising with external funding agencies regarding contractual obligations.
  • Supporting other members of the IP Commercialisation team in delivering their objectives, assisting in the negotiation of disputed contractual clauses and disputes in relation to IP, or other contracts – including advising on risk mitigation associated with warranties and liabilities.
  • Managing staff involved in patent administration and financial management. Setting appropriate targets, manage and motivate staff to ensure the achievement of those targets and assisting in the development of staff to improve their performance.
  • Where appropriate representing the University on external partnerships and liaising with companies and external bodies to promote the University’s profile and knowledge transfer activities.
  • Other duties commensurate with the grade.

You should have a degree in a relevant subject area (or relevant professional experience). You will have a successful track record of IP and contracts management. You should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both verbally and written, with the ability to work successfully within a close-knit team.


The Department of Research, Partnerships and Innovation is responsible for the development of research, impact, international and business development policy and the delivery of high quality, flexible and service orientated professional support to achieve the University’s priorities of improving research performance and positioning as a local and global institution.

The Department includes the following areas of responsibility


  • Research and Impact: Strategy and Policy 
  • Research Support Office 
  • Research Development and Partnerships 
  • International Development Office  
  • Industrial Strategy and Consultancy
  • IP Commercialisation


The department has a number of key roles including:

  • Delivering high quality, flexible and professional responsive services to ensure the university delivers creative and successful research, impact and international activities.
  • Identifying, initiating and nurturing the University’s corporate strategic partnerships, helping to maximise our pathways to impact for public funded research and providing an alternative diverse source of research funding.
  • Developing institutional policies relevant to the full lifecycle of research and innovation activities, including funding, impact, REF, KEF, governance and integrity, data management and sharing, and delivery of commercial and knowledge services including consultancy and IP. 
  • Ensuring proactive development of systems and processes to support academics, facilitate collaboration with external bodies, ensure an appropriate response to institutional risk, ensure compliance with financial, regulatory and governance requirements.


The core principles for the Department and how we set out to deliver our work are as follows:

  • Flexible and responsive - to needs of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Externally-facing, with our work informed by policy landscape and external environment.
  • Focused on big opportunities, adding value to work of the Faculties and making a significant difference to the University.



A key function of IP Commercialisation team is to support the University’s ambitions in creating a new approach to IP exploitation to maximise opportunities for impact and income generation, including the creation of an enterprising environment and culture.

The IP Commercialisation team is responsible for filing patent applications and managing the University’s patent portfolio and associated patent budget, alongside the evaluation and marketing of IP and commercial licensing activities. This includes post contract management and royalty distribution. The IP Commercialisation team manage the University’s spin-out process, liaise with the University’s Enterprise Board regarding company investments and equity realisation, and is responsible for the management of the University’s Enterprise Investment Fund. The success of the IP Commercialisation Team is dependent on the team’s ability to provide efficient services to its academic community and other stakeholders, to build effective networks and communicate its success stories.

Closing date: 
Thursday, April 25, 2019
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