Patent Counsel – Large Corporation – Phoenix, Ariz.

W.L. Gore W.L. Goreis looking for a highly experienced Intellectual Property (IP) Counselor to join our corporate patent team in Phoenix, AZ. Associates in our corporate functions support the work done by the divisions of Gore.

If you are looking for a company where you can make a difference, we're looking for you. In this role, you will advise business and technical leaders and teams, primarily in our Medical Products Division, on third party Intellectual Property (IP) risks and risk mitigation strategies in support of new product initiatives. You will be a member of the Clearance & Opinion Center of Excellence within the Gore patent team.

The ideal candidate will

  • Be passionate about providing IP counsel support for a world-class manufacturer
  • Be energized by collaborating on cross-functional teams
  • Recognize the importance of building and maintaining strong interpersonal relationships

Responsibilities include

  • Advising cross-functional teams and businesses, and R&D leadership about exclusivity, freedom to operate, due diligence, patent marking and potential patent infringement issues
  • Providing a strategic divisional and/or Enterprise view with respect to IP risk while addressing the needs of individual businesses
  • Executing freedom to operate analysis in concert with product development processes
  • Analyzing risks with appropriate consideration of business objectives and the environment
  • Developing sound tactical approaches to minimizing adverse impact of third party IP
  • Participating in the creation and implementation of new risk management policies and procedures
  • Evaluating and opining on potential infringement of Gore patents
  • Initiating and overseeing measures to invalidate third party patent rights (e.g. Post grant proceedings, opposition, etc.) where appropriate
  • Effectively communicating legal advice and analysis to associates with varying degrees of IP and technical (R&D) experience
  • Prioritizing and managing multiple projects across various business units
  • Contributing to implementation of new policies and procedures within the Enterprise and the Legal team
  • Efficiently engaging and managing external counsel including, analyzing, reviewing and evaluating the quality, cost-effectiveness and scope of work performed
  • As needed, leading or participating in due diligence, licensing, or inter partes matters

Required Job Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) from an accredited U.S. law school
  • Member of the bar of at least one state
  • Registration to practice before the USPTO
  • Minimum of 8 years of patent experience, with at least 6 years of in-house experience, preferrably in the life sciences or medical device industries
  • Considerable experience in product clearance/freedom to operate analysis, developing associated risk mitigation strategies, and opinion drafting
    Demonstrated ability to lead cross functional teams and initiate and drive multiple projects simultaneously
  • Business acumen with a strong track record of strategic legal thinking and behavior
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to negotiate positive resolutions and influence business decisions
  • Ability to thrive within an ambiguous environment or organization
    Ability to travel 20% of the time, primarily within Arizona

Desired Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Biology, BioChem, Chemistry, or Mechanical or Chemical Engineering
  • Experience with U.S. and foreign post grant proceedings and oppositions
  • Patent litigation and IP licensing experience

For more information and to apply, please visit and search for job number – 141369. Gore is committed to a drug-free workplace. All employment is contingent upon successful completion of drug and background screening. EEO/AA Employer (applies to all positions located in the U.S.).

Additional Info
Employer Type: Large Corporation
Job Location: Phoenix, Arizona

Gore is a technology-driven global company built on entrepreneurial innovation, integrity, and teamwork. Our diverse portfolio includes everything from high-performance fabrics and implantable medical devices to industrial manufacturing components and aerospace electronics. Through our product leadership, we've been changing lives and changing industries for more than 50 years. What can you change by joining Gore? Visit to find out.