Technology Specialist/ Patent Agent

About The Research Foundation for SUNY:

The Research Foundation for The State University of New York (RF) is the largest comprehensive university-connected research foundation in the country.

Our mission is to provide talent, services, and technology that empower SUNY to research, innovate, and transfer discoveries that transform the world's knowledge economy.

Our vision is to make SUNY the best place for faculty, students and staff to research, innovate, and solve the world's most pressing problems.

The RF serves SUNY by providing essential administrative services that enable SUNY faculty to focus their efforts on the education of students and the performance of life-changing research across a wide range of disciplines including medicine, engineering, physical sciences, energy, computer science, and social sciences. We work with the academic and business leadership of SUNY campuses to support research and discovery through the administration of sponsored projects and technology transfer and management of intellectual property for public benefit and economic growth.

The RF is committed to diversity, inclusion and a working environment that enhances productivity, creates personal and professional opportunities, unleashes everyone's full potential and fuels innovation. We hold the organization and each other to the highest standards of integrity, accountability and ethical behavior.

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As a learning organization, the RF encourages all employees to continue to grow and develop professionally.  At the RF Central Office, employees are offered many opportunities for learning and development, including Professional Development Planning, a 12-month Mentoring Program, Tuition Reimbursement, Job Rotation, DiSC Profile Behavioral Assessment, Employee Engagement Teams, Job Skills Training, and an Employee Wellbeing Team.

Job Description:

Why should you want to work with us? You could work anywhere, but you choose to work with us because you want to make a difference in the world by challenging yourself creatively being part of a close-knit team that works hard and always has each other's backs.  You seek an  opportunity to make life-changing impacts that touch people across the world and want to pursue your dream job that applies your unique skills to defining the future of technology development in New York and beyond.


The Research Foundation for The State University of New York is seeking an energetic, results-orented Technology Specialist / Patent Agent to support its Industry and External Affairs (IEA) team and help make SUNY the best place for researchers and innovators to solve the world's most pressing problems, and connect those solutions with partners that translate them into products and services that will transform lives.

The Specialist will proactively partner with and build strong relationships with SUNY's research community. You will analyze and drive decisions related to SUNY's research and intellectual property portfolio based on your understanding of market trends and opportunities. Your technical knowledge will enable you to assess and evaluate new technologies disclosed by research from across the SUNY enterprise for patentability and marketability. The Specialist will work closely with the Associate Director for Innovation and Entreprenurship to engage researchers in technology transfer and commercialization, with a focus on disclosure mining and setting assessment priorities.

To be successful in this position, you will be a constant learner; you will utilize data to drive decisions, you will focus on outcomes and setting priorities. You will continuously develop your knowledge of SUNY's intellectual property and research assets, and you will always be identifying and assessing opportunities. You must be conversant, comfortable, and confident with academic and commercial partners and capable of leading conversations that are very technical in nature. If you are ambitious, curious, enthusiastic about technology, and outgoing, enjoy teamwork, thrive when continually challenged, and delight in opportunities for deep engagement with some of the world's brightest scientists, then this is a great opportunity for you.


• Meet with faculty to discuss their inventions, invention disclosures and the technology transfer process and also to help identify new technologies with promising commercial potential.

• Utlize various tools to proactively identify research teams with a high potential of new intellectual property generation and educate teams on the disclosure process, intellectual property, commercialization, and all of the services IEA provides across the enterprise.

• Complete intellectual property and market opportunity assessments of new technology disclosures by conducting web- and subscription-based patent searches and market research to evaluate the patentability and commercial potential of inventions.

• Support the implementation of strategies to maximize the value of the SUNY-wide IP portfolio, primarily the "integrated" campues.

• Perform research and complete timely preliminary assessments of commercial market opportunities and intellectual property strategies for SUNY technologies, and prepare market opportunity assessments within 60 days of disclosure submissions;

• Support the development and implementation of marketing and licensing strategies to move innovation developed at the centralized campuses to market, which includes regular and broad dissemination of the opportunities that exist, identifying and connecting external partners to the business development and licensing team;

• Consult with appropriate Sponsored Programs personnel to identify correct sponsorship, and assist in completion of reporting required for RF compliance with obligations to federal, state, industry, or foundation sponsor(s), including invention reporting for centralized campus disclosures.

• Travel as necessary and reasonable to campuses and other locations having a target of visiting each centralized campus at least once per year and spend two to three days embedded at each campus.

• Conduct 'customer discovery' to validate commercial opportunities with industry experts.

• Assist in the patent prosecution process by performing prior art searches, drafting patent summaries and detailed descriptions and related analysis.

• Prepare non-confidential and technical information for marketing campaigns.

• Collaborate with inventors to prepare successful proof-of-concept and other funding proposals.


The ideal candidate will have:

• A passion for science and technology and knowledge of the regulated process of transitioning technology from the academic bench to qualified industry partners for the development of products and services that impact human health and welfare. Candidates from all technical disciplines will be considered, candidates with advanced degrees will be more competitive;

• Extremely strong primary and secondary research skills;

• Working knowledge of the regulatory or certification environment and process within your area of expertise (e.g., FDA approval process);

• Experience managing patent dockets and portfolios;

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills and be comfortable communicating with anyone who interacts with SUNY research, innovation, and commercialization; this includes researchers, inventors, teaching faculty, entrepreneurs, business leaders at all levels, administrators, students, and representatives of all levels of local, state and federal government;

• An agile mindset, can-do attitude, a desire to "get to yes," and willingness to tackle any task needed to get the job done with the unwavering support of teammates and leadership;

• A proven, demonstrable track record of success; and

• Though having your patent agent credential is a large plus, we expect that many highly qualified candidates that we would be thrilled to hire will not have this credential.


Candidates must have:

• A bachelors degree in a scientific or technical field.

• Two to three years experience working in technology transfer, business development or intellectual property.

Additional Information:

As an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer, The Research Foundation for SUNY  will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, physical and mental disability, criminal record, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status with respect to receiving public assistance, domestic violence victim status, a disabled, special, recently separated, active duty wartime, campaign badge, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other characteristics protected under applicable law. 

The Company will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The Research Foundation for the State University of New York is not an agency or instrumentality of the State of New York. Employees of the Research Foundation for the State University of New York are not state employees, do not participate in any state retirement system, and do not receive state fringe benefits. The Research Foundation for the State University of New York operates under a contract with The State University of New York and receives no directly appropriated state funding.

Application Instructions:

Applicants interested in applying MUST submit the following documents online:

1. Resume/CV

2. Cover Letter  

After submitting your resume/CV, the subsequent pages enable you to upload additional documents including a cover letter.