IP Policy Counsel – Industry Org. – Washington DC

Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) is seeking an IP Policy Counsel. The candidate selected will report to the Executive Director and work closely with the Deputy Executive Director & Chief Policy Counsel and 50-member Board of Directors. Required education and skills:

  • A law degree and an outstanding record of achievement at a nationally recognized law school.
  • Outstanding writing, editing, and research ability, including demonstrated ability to translate complex IP issues into plain English.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and oral communication skills, ability to work in a collaborative environment, and ability to build relationships with individuals holding diverse points of view on IP issues.

The ideal candidate will have 3 to 5 years of intellectual property experience with a law firm, company or government agency, although applicants with more or less experience will be considered. Patent law experience, a degree in engineering or science, and a demonstrated ability to understand intellectual property policy and related politics are preferred.

Duties of the IP Policy Counsel will include coordinating the work of several of IPO’s 29 committees, a supporting role in lobbying the U.S. Congress (working with the Deputy Executive Director & Chief Policy Counsel and an outside government affairs consultant), analysis, research, and writing to help develop and promote IPO positions and educate IPO members and the public on pending legislation, proposed regulations, and a wide variety of other IP law and policy issues of interest to IPO members. The position is based in IPO’s office in Washington, DC. Occasional travel is required.

Salary and benefits are competitive with those for corporate and law firm IP positions, and commensurate with experience. IPO offers a unique opportunity to work in a fast-paced and collegial environment to influence intellectual property rights policy.

IPO is a trade association with 13 full-time employees, a combined annual budget of $6.6 million for the association and its education foundation, and roughly 200 company members from all major industries. More than 12,000 individuals from corporations, law firms and other members are involved in the association. Members of IPO’s Board of Directors are primarily corporate chief IP counsel.

To apply, send your resume and a writing sample to Ms. Susan McLoughlin at smcloughlin@ipo.org, 1501 M Street, NW, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20005.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Non-Profit
Job Location: Washington D.C.