Data Manager – Patent and Trade Paralegal – NIH

CAMRIS International, LLC
February 2, 2021
Rockville, MD
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CAMRIS is a clinical and life sciences firm that realizes innovative solutions to challenges worldwide through high-quality, cost-effective program and research management services. We combine our proven systems with today’s most effective, evidence-based best practices to improve the lives of people around the world. Our core practice areas include HIV/AIDS, microbiology and infectious disease research, vaccine research, development and production, global health security, bio-defense, and clinical research.

CAMRIS attracts the next generation of scientists to work at premier government research and development institutions with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, under world leaders in health research. Our exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental and vision coverage, 401k plan with employer contribution, paid holidays, vacation, Medical and Flexible Spending Accounts, and life insurance. If you enjoy being a part of a high performing health and research organization dedicated to making the world a healthier place, please apply today!

We are seeking a Data Manager - Patent and Trade Paralegal to support the overall functions of the Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Office (TTIPO), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).


  • Manage all aspects of license agreement related work in support of the TTIPO Technology Transfer and Patent Specialist (TTPS) including license application review, database entries, licensing-related documentation review, maintenance and retention, licensing workflow navigation, etc.
  • Review, analyze and maintain licensing agreements and forecast future royalty income for the Institute; create executive summaries of license agreements; communicate with licensees on under the direction of TTPS.
  • Research and analyze changing foreign patent policy that has implications for affecting patent protection for NIAID and CDC inventions.
  • Identify and formulate foreign patent filing recommendations affecting Institute decisions related to patent applications and patents for NIAID and CDC inventions.
  • Analyze the patent expense budget and project foreseeable costs associated with pursuing domestic and/or foreign patent protection for NIAID and CDC inventions.
  • Docket Office Actions from the USPTO and Patent Offices worldwide and responses filed by law firms for patent prosecution matters; discern actionable items for TTIPO staff.
  • Maintain and enter data into databases (including primary responsibility for maintaining the integrity of data entered therein) including patent, license, employee invention report (EIR) and agreement data (Confidentiality Disclosure Agreements (CDAs), Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), Conditional Gift Fund Agreements (CGFs), Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), etc.), and patent legal services contract administration-related data.
  • Generate docket reports and help assure that upcoming deadlines are communicated within the office.
  • Make recommendations to TTIPO Director and other staff members to develop an acceptable plan for technical and administrative matters, including identification of work to be done, the scope to the project, and deadlines for completion, and proceeding independently.
  • Coordinate with TTIPO staff on assignments with broadly defined goals or mission to be accomplished and make specific directives as required.
  • Manage administration of MTAs to provide more efficient timely transfer of materials for NIAID scientists.
  • Act as liaison between technology transfer specialist and external organizations inquiring about establishing MTAs as well as helping NIAID inventors prepare PHS employee invention reports (EIRs).
  • Act as primary point of contact for reviewers and TTIPO specialists related to the NIAID Technical Advisory Evaluation Committee (TEAC).
  • Assist with preparation for and during TEAC and pre-TEAC meetings, and with postTEAC proceedings.
  • Assist with advertising and marketing efforts; prepare and submit materials for publications in Federal Register, Federal Business Opportunities and other publications.
  • Assist in the administration of technology transfer agreements, including the preparation of reminder letters for payments under Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs).
  • Originate, review and draft cover letters and memos, and various other documents.
  • Provide accurate verbal and written responses to inquiries regarding the status of technology transfer agreements.
  • Coordinate with staff members to complete special projects including preparation of educational and marketing materials.


  • All support positions require a minimum of a BS degree; some require a MS, MD, or Ph.D.
  • At least 3 years of patent paralegal experience in a law firm required.
  • The education, skills and relevant years of experience required for each support position are consistent with those identified as the minimum requirements for the labor categories specified in the contract.
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