Counsel – Patent – Corporation – Remote Hybrid, CA or Ohio

American Honda Motor Company, Inc. The patent attorney has a high level of technical expertise in the fields of electrical/computer engineering and software to be able to properly support the engineers discovering and implementing features for Honda products and in clearing proposed technology being considered for Honda products to make sure that it is not infringing on third party patents. This attorney also prepares and negotiates intellectual property provisions and contracts with suppliers and universities on behalf of Honda.
At Honda, our associates take pride in their responsibilities. A typical day will include:

  • Collaborate with inventors to create and align patent strategy toward future technologies including for example connectivity/autonomous technologies, advanced materials, energy systems, or robotics; expand or adapt inventor ideas to the broadest extent possible and evaluate inventions for patentability, perform and review patent searches and prepare opinion reports, including patentability analyses, infringement analyses, invalidity analyses and litigation support
  • Work with engineers in developing a robust strategy that ensures the appropriate technology for incorporating electric motors to generate movement instead of internal combustion engines and focusing on the major components found in electric cars together with their function within the system; provide advice as to what extent Honda’s new advanced technologies will rely on patented technology standards
  • Research forward-looking technology to identify innovation whitespace, scout for innovations, and benchmark the R&D strategies of competitors in both traditional Honda-related fields as well as new competitors from new business areas; Perform IP analyses such as IP landscape studies, and make proposals for development and business groups; evaluate patents in new fields that may be worthwhile commercializing
  • Prepare and prosecute patent applications in advanced technologies, and perform all tasks related to managing the assigned portfolio of patent applications through the patent offices
  • Negotiate and draft contracts for AHM-IP clients; meet with engineers and other relevant associates to understand the project details, schedule and other requirements; report contract terms/negotiation status to management

We are looking for qualified people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, open minds, and a disciplined work ethic. To bring the future to Honda as a Counsel - Patent, you must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical/computer engineering, computer science, physics or other similar scientific discipline
  • JD from accredited law school and member in good standing of the bar of Ohio or California, or willing to arrange to become admitted in Ohio or California.
  • Must be a registered patent attorney in good standing with the USPTO
  • 10 years of patent prosecution or relevant experience in complex technologies including software, electrical, computer or advanced materials
  • Ability to understand technical information including drawings, schematics, and formulations, and to communicate effectively with engineers/scientists regarding complex matters
  • Knowledge of how to perform patentability, clearance and invalidity investigations and provide opinions in complex technology areas including software, electrical, computer, or advanced materials
  • Ability to manage outside counsel in complex matters
  • Ability to communicate effectively with management regarding activities involving complex technologies
  • Ability to understand and create IP landscape reports
  • Ability to negotiate and draft contracts

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Additional Info
Employer Type: Large Corporation
Job Location: Remote Hybrid, CA or Ohio