Licensing Professionals - Career Path

AUTM Provides a Wealth of Opportunities for Those Working in the Tech Transfer Licensing Field

Licensing in a technology transfer office is a multi-disciplinary career. Licensing professionals are involved in business development, commercialization of intellectual property, patenting, marketing, valuation, IP law, negotiation and intellectual assessment management.

Are you new to the profession?
The AUTM Essentials of Academic Technology Transfer Course is offered each year for those who are new to the profession. The course guides people from diverse backgrounds and levels of experience to a common understanding of the fundamental goals and processes of academic technology transfer. This course builds the skills and resources necessary to work effectively at evaluating inventions and negotiating license agreements. The workshops are designed to follow the lifecycle of the invention, patenting and licensing process: evaluation of invention disclosures, triage, patenting, IP marketing, valuation and license negotiation to established companies and start-ups. The Essentials course uses a mix of instruction, case discussions and small-group interactions to maximize useful learning and networking opportunities. Course attendees benefit from networking with seasoned instructors and forge relationships with other technology transfer professionals from around the world.

Candidate Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP)
Apply for this new designation designed for those with six months of experience. Securing this designation signals a serious interest in a career n technology transfer, and aspirations for the highest performance standards. Visit the ATTP website

Apply for Your RTTP 


  • AUTM Essentials Course
  • AUTM Agreement Maintenance Course
  • AUTM IP Portfolio Management Course

Webinar Resources:
AUTM offers many webinars for licensing professionals at all levels of experience.

Special Interest Groups
Participate in this discussion group to share your challenges and solutions with colleagues Experienced Professionals
For those licensing professionals who have a few years of experience, AUTM offers these in-person courses:
  • Business Development Course
  • Intellectual Property Portfolio Management Course
  • Agreement Maintenance Course

Hunkered down? AUTM has recorded versions of courses for your convenience.

Additional Resources:
The AUTM Annual Meeting offers a full track of training for licensing professionals. Here are some examples of how you can advance your career at an AUTM Annual Meeting.

Ready to move your career to the next level?
  • Visit the AUTM Career Center for career opportunities.
  • Learn more about the Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP) certification.
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