Intellectual Property Services Program Manager Position Opening

07.03.19 04:32 AM By Jennie Hempstead

Wright Brothers Institute (WBI) is a cutting-edge innovation and technology commercialization center for the Air Force Research Laboratory, with facilities located just outside of WPAFB in Dayton, OH. We drive fast, agile innovation that enables successful technology development to solve the Air Force’s most complex challenges by leveraging resident experts, unique facilities, disruptive innovation processes and extensive networks.

WBI is looking to identify an Intellectual Property Services Program Manager to work with Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) personnel to identify, enable, accelerate and support AFRL technology transfer and commercialization opportunities. The incumbent will work closely with other WBI personnel and AFRL Technology Transfer personnel (ORTAs); AFRL scientists, engineers and program managers; as well as businesses, universities, and regional and state-funded economic development programs.

Activities and Responsibilities of the incumbent may include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

  • Plan and execute Innovation Discovery Events (IDEs) for AFRL scientists and engineers to facilitate invention identification and commercial application ideation;

  • Assist WBI and Air Force personnel with the invention disclosure process, which includes identifying inventions, assisting with drafting invention disclosure documentation, and facilitating the patent application drafting process;

  • Advise AFRL scientists and engineers on technology transfer activities, such as preparing invention disclosure forms, evaluating patent correspondence, and presenting IP;

  • Facilitate IP and technology transfer education, training and mentoring programs, and design associated workshops for AFRL personnel, inventors, and entrepreneurs;

  • Assist WBI and AFRL in setting IP licensing strategies and plans, and work toward facilitating improved patent license administration;

  • Assist in writing sections of grants, reports, presentations, and marketing summaries;

  • Support AFRL and WBI in patent related communications and marketing; and

  • Implement and maintain a database of technology transfer data and workflow activities.


Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in a science, technology, or engineering discipline. A post graduate degree in science, technology, engineering, business or law is preferred. Also preferred is technical understanding in areas that align with AFRL research areas (e.g. mechanical, electrical, chemical, or aeronautical engineering and material science). The ideal candidate should also have a strong working knowledge of intellectual property protection methods and regulatory requirements in federal labs. A minimum of five years of technology transfer or intellectual property management experience is required. Experience with technology transfer agreements or government contracts is a plus.

The successful applicant must have the confidence and competence to work well with senior level internal and external personnel including scientists and engineers, lawyers, business executives, government employees, university administrators, and entrepreneurs.

Accordingly, the selected applicant must be personable, a good listener, possess strong verbal and written communication skills, and be capable of working and excelling in a highly diverse, professional environment. Additionally, the selected applicant must have the initiative to identify new opportunities and the capability to manage multiple detailed tasks simultaneously to completion in order to meet deadlines.

The Intellectual Property Services Program Manager reports directly to the Director of Technology Commercialization Services for WBI. The incumbent must be a U.S. Citizen. The primary place of work is WBI’s Springfield St location in Dayton, Ohio.

What Wright Brothers Institute Offers:

  • An exciting work environment with a great organizational culture and highly engaged employees

  • 25 days paid time off, Medical, Dental, Simple IRA with organizational match

If you have an interest in applying for this position, please send your resume, cover letter, citizenship, and salary history to: with subject line of “Intellectual Property Services Program Manager”

Download the PDF of the job description here.

Wright Brothers Institute provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.