Cruise Automation, who creates autonomous driving technology to build a safer and more efficient world, is seeking a Patent Portfolio Manager. Administer Cruise’s patent program, including promotions, incentives, recognition, and training.
Update patent guidelines and information
Manage the invention intake and review process, including adapting seamlessly to various invention disclosure communication styles
Formulate and communicate constructive feedback and intelligent suggestions to inventors on their invention disclosures
Perform prior art searches to assess patentability
Strategically encourage patenting in key areas by actively maintaining awareness of autonomous vehicle progress and approach at Cruise and in the industry
Manage the patent process by driving the workflow for patent preparation and prosecution by outside counsel
Create and distribute status reports
Forecast and budget patent costs
Monitor, maintain, troubleshoot, and improve patent management software
PolyOne, a $3+ billon world-class, global provider of polymer solutions with materials used in everyday products ranging from sports equipment to medical devices to electronics and more, is seeking an Associate Counsel, Intellectual Property. Under the guidance of the General Counsel and reporting to the Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property, this person will provide a full range of intellectual property legal support for portions of PolyOne’s businesses globally. As part of the company’s small in-house IP legal team, this position will play an integral role in building and managing a global IP portfolio aligned with commercial and technical objectives, identifying and advising on IP-related risks and other issues associated with development and sale of new products and other business activities, and promoting awareness of and compliance with IP-related policies and best practices throughout the global organization.
This position will be based at PolyOne’s global headquarters located in Avon Lake, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Relocation assistance for this position is negotiable.
Prepares, files, and prosecutes patent and trademark applications in the United States and coordinates with foreign counsel to file and prosecute the same outside the United States
Drafts, negotiates, and advises on IP-related agreements and agreements containing IP provisions, including confidentiality agreements, development agreements, services agreements, license agreements, supply agreements, etc.
Counsels internal clients regarding a full range of IP issues, including patentability, product clearance / freedom-to-practice, protection and use of trade secrets and confidential information, trademark protection and clearance, copyright protection and use, etc.
Conducts patent and trademark searches, analyzes the search results, and effectively communicates relevant advice or information to internal clients
Supports IP-related aspects of M&A activities as assigned
Supports aspects of IP-related litigation, IP-based oppositions, and other disputes as assigned
Develops and delivers IP-related training to internal clients as assigned
Acquires in-depth knowledge of PolyOne’s products and technologies and gains familiarity with relevant products and technologies of PolyOne’s customers, suppliers, and competitors
Works collaboratively with existing IP team, other attorneys and staff within the Legal department, and individuals throughout the global organization from functions including Technology, Marketing, Product Management, Sales, Sourcing, Global Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions, Tax, Finance, etc.
Performs special projects/duties as assigned
To succeed in this position, an individual must be able to perform each job duty satisfactorily and productively. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to address gaps in experience for an otherwise qualified candidate who is willing to learn. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
In addition to the PolyOne Competencies required for all jobs, the following qualifications are required for this job.
Required Education & Special Qualifications:
Juris Doctor degree from ABA accredited Law School
Bachelor and/or advanced degree(s) in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, Polymer Science, or similar fields
Licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio (or another state and qualified for corporate counsel registration in Ohio)
Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Required Length & Type of Experience:
5+ years of intellectual property legal experience, including a balance of patent preparation and prosecution for chemical technologies, IP-related agreements and transactions, and IP-related counseling and opinions
Demonstrated knowledge of or familiarity with all aspects of intellectual property law with a focus in and substantial experience with patents, trade secrets, and confidential information; at least some experience with trademarks is preferred
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with the Patent Cooperation Treaty and familiarity with patent practice and procedure in Europe (EPO) and China (SIPO)
Experience with polymer technologies is preferred
Experience with a global, publicly-traded organization is preferred
Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Strong legal, business, and technical acumen
Detail-oriented, motivated, confident, and approachable
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to interface and communicate effectively at all levels of the organization
Excellent business judgment, problem solving, negotiation, follow-through, and time management (including docket management) skills
Excellent analytical skills, including an ability to review technical information and data to identify patentable subject matter
Exceptional document drafting skills (candidate should be prepared upon request to provide a writing sample including at least one published patent application and at least one publicly available office action response that were principally authored by the candidate)
Ability to provide timely and pragmatic legal advice that guides the business to successful outcomes
Ability to quickly learn and comprehend complex technical subject matter
Ability to function autonomously while possessing sufficient judgment to understand when to seek assistance from or provide updates to management and/or stakeholders
Ability to function in a fast-paced environment and operate efficiently and effectively to manage time pressures and meet deadlines
Ability to take on progressively greater responsibilities
Awareness of cultural differences between the United States and other countries; familiarity with a language other than English is a plus
Each position at PolyOne focuses on 12 competencies in the areas of Personal and Strategic Skills as well Thought Rigor and demonstrating an Action Bias. Each position ties to specific competencies and levels of proficiency which help individuals excel at their current role as well as chart their growth path with the company through our Career Planning process.
This position is global in scope.
The characteristics listed below are representative of the physical and environmental demands required by an individual to successfully perform the essential duties of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
Requires standing and sitting for prolonged periods of time, talking, listening, and thinking
Typical work is in an office environment where the noise level is low to moderate
Equal Opportunity Employer
We offer a competitive salary, incentive and benefit plan to eligible employees. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, spending accounts, and 401(k).
PolyOne Corporation is a drug free workplace. PolyOne is an equal opportunity employer. We maintain a policy of non-discrimination in providing equal employment to all qualified employees and candidates regardless of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, protected veteran’s status, or other legally protected classification in accordance with applicable state and local law. *LI-BS1
Brown & Michaels, PC is seeking a registered U.S. patent attorney with 3+ years of patent preparation and prosecution experience. Our work includes patent prosecution, trademarks and opinion work. We work with of-counsel firms for all litigation work. Our ideal candidate would have a computer science or electrical engineering and significant patent preparation and prosecution experience, but we are less concerned with a specific technical background than the variety and quality of the patent prosecution experience.
Brown & Michaels, PC offers a flexible & competitive compensation structure along with various benefits including health care and retirement benefits. Our current professionals are committed to a collegial and competent work environment. Our compensation system is designed to allow the flexibility to work different schedules and automatically varies the compensation to the billable hours worked.
Please forward a resume/CV and a list of several patent prosecutions that are published on PAIR with your work product. We just need the application serial number and we will review the file history on PAIR.
The Webb Law Firm, a Pittsburgh-based intellectual property law firm with a long-standing history, is seeking multiple associate candidates with a technical background in either Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or Mechanical Engineering. The firm is seeking qualified candidates holding at least a Bachelor of Science degree, a J.D. from an accredited law school, and a minimum of 4 years of experience as an IP attorney. Industry experience, or experience in software development for web-based applications, mobile devices, Internet or social media is a plus.
Responsibilities include drafting and prosecuting patent applications (U.S. and international) and client counseling regarding patentability, infringement and validity, with significant opportunities to practice in all aspects of IP law, including litigation. Registration to practice before the USPTO preferred with prior industrial and/or legal experience helpful.
Contact Interested candidates should send cover letter, resume, undergraduate and law school transcripts and a writing sample to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Info Employer Type: Law Firm Job Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
OKADA PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE P.C. , a leading Japanese intellectual property law firm in Nagoya, Japan, seeks a US patent attorney or agent to fill a position which will be vacant. The position is for two days work per week except national holidays. Salary is negotiable based on experience. The successful candidate will work at our office in Nagoya, Japan.
The duties will include overseeing our foreign prosecutions, providing opinions on matters relating to US patents, providing advice/support on litigation and transactional matters involving US intellectual property issues, updating our Japanese qualified attorneys and staff on current US practice and US legal developments, and providing general advice in connection with copyright/trademark matters and related matters.
Japanese language skills are not required. However, the successful candidate will have (a)-(c) and agree with (d).
(a) A Juris Doctor (JD) with admission to a state bar, and registration to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.
(b) At least 2 years experience either in private practice or in-house as a registered US patent attorney or agent, with significant prosecution experience.
(c) A degree in mechanical or electrical engineering (though other engineering or related disciplines may also be considered).
(d) A minimum two-year employment contract (notice clause is provided in the contract).
Chernoff Vilhauer is seeking a Patent Attorney. Candidate must be USPTO licensed. We prefer at least 3 years of substantive experience drafting applications and office action responses. Technical background in metals, hydraulics, or electrical engineering preferred but not required.
Chernoff Vilhauer exclusively practices intellectual property law, with a focus on patent and trademark prosecution, intellectual property litigation, and licensing. We help our clients grow their portfolios and enforce their interests domestically and internationally. We offer flexible work hours, room to grow your practice, and a congenial work environment while providing exceptional legal services to our clients.
CPA Global is seeking a Search Trainer who is responsible for content development, delivery of live and recorded training sessions, and achieving training department objectives for contractual and internal quality metrics. Leads training staff and supports quality assurance personnel to align training activities with business needs and deliverables. Provides training support for patent classification, Patent Cooperation Treaty examinations, and commercial searching. Leads and manages library team member.
Develop patent search and patent classification content.
Deliver live and recorded training sessions.
Utilize metrics to ensure alignment of training department functions and customer needs.
Monitor and schedule training workloads in addition to review and analysis of monthly quality reports to provide targeted training to employees in close coordination with the Director of Quality.
Responsible for coordination of training delivery based on quality review metrics.
Monitor quality and deliver targeted training as required by individual or group performance.
Work closely with India-based training team to support training of US and EMEA Commercial Search teams.
Collaborate with corporate management and foreign and domestic training teams to ensure consistent documentation and adherence to operational processes/procedures between delivery centers, including standard operating procedures, quality procedures, and training initiatives.
Continually review processes and procedures to recommend changes and improve efficiencies.
Responsible for training team members to ensure content development is delivered in a consistent and effective manner.
Plan and lead training activities for commercial and government search groups.
Responsible for the leadership, management and mentorship of team members.
Lead and support library team member in management of domain-specific database systems, contracts, IDs, vendor relationships.
Conduct performance reviews of direct reports and manage performance issues effectively including annual reviews.
Bachelor’s or advanced degree in an engineering or science discipline and four or more years of relevant work experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
One year of previous supervisory experience is required.
Advanced written, oral and verbal communication skills
One or more years of Patent search, examination, classification, or patent prosecution experience
Proven ability to teach, lead, mentor, manage and develop team members
Ability to obtain US Government public trust clearance within 30 days of hire
Strong decision-making skills with an ability to effectively prioritize and delegate work
Subject matter expert in patent search and classification
Must be a proactive, team-focused individual contributor and leader
Strong attention to detail
Brand champion who displays role model-level leadership qualities
Acts as a champion of the company and supports senior leadership decisions
Strong knowledge of patent law as well as search databases to support staff and client requests
Volkswagen Group of America is seeking a Patent Attorney. Work on a wide range of intellectual property issues with the Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property & Litigation on the implementation of patent administration process at VWGoA, with a focus on the development of a portfolio for innovations originating from VW’s Engineering Research Lab in Belmont, CA, and Engineering & Planning Center in Chattanooga, TN. The attorney will draft and prosecute patent portfolio applications relating to autonomous vehicle technology, mobile applications, connected cars and related future automotive technology. The attorney will work closely with engineers to help analyze the patentability of inventions, search for related inventions, prepare and help prosecute patent applications at the USPTO, aid in assessing infringement risks for new products and help guide the development of new products. The patent attorney will interact with the Patent Departments of AUDI AG, Porsche AG and Volkswagen AG for coordination of US activities to assist in implementing a VW Group-wide global patent strategy. The attorney will also review and assist in drafting non-disclosure, research, joint development, license and other agreements involving use, transfer and ownership of intellectual property.
Draft patent applications and coordinate filings (as necessary with outside counsel) and interact with the patent departments for Volkswagen AG, AUDI AG and Porsche AG
Counsel engineers and other technical personnel regarding patentability, patent procedure, portfolio strategy and related issues and design and conduct on-site trainings for them
Help develop and implement strategy and procedures for patent management at VWGoA
Review projects for inventions or ideas for potential patent filings, including assist with prior art searches and preparation of invention disclosures
Conduct patentability and freedom-to-operate reviews
Review and assist in the drafting of nondisclosure, research, license, and other agreements involving the use, transfer, or ownership of intellectual property
Coordinate with financial and accounting departments in U.S. and Germany regarding billing and reimbursement issues, where applicable
Implement record-keeping and other appropriate administrative procedures to support patent strategy
Other patent-related support as directed by VWGoA OGC or by the patent departments of Volkswagen AG, AUDI AG or Porsche AG
Years of Experience
7-10 years of experience as a registered United States patent attorney, with an emphasis on current developments relating to electrical and telecommunications technologies deployed in passenger vehicles.
Juris doctor degree from an ABA-approved law school
Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, or related field, with an excellent understanding of vehicle related technical subject matter
Registration Number to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office
Post-graduate degree in electrical engineering
Technical expertise in electrical innovations deployed in vehicles
Highly detail-oriented, efficient with time and priority management and strong organizational skills
Excellent decision making, problem solving skills, technically proficient
Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
Innovative, self-starter and highly independent
Strong inter-personal skills, ability to collaborate in a team environment on engineering topics
Admitted to practice before the California Bar
Registered to practice at the United States Patent & Trademark Office
7-10 years of industry or law firm experience
Technical ability commensurate with a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, or related field, with an excellent understanding of vehicle related technical subject matter
Significant experience in drafting patent applications and prosecuting such applications with PTO
Verbal and written communication skills
Strong problem solving skills and ability to think analytically and conceptually
Influencing and negotiation skills
Experience with an automotive company, supporting patent prosecution functions.
Integration skills – ability to join people, processes or systems
Experience mining innovations in a research and development organization to build IP portfolio assets
Proficient understanding of patent issues outside the United States
Travel approximately 35%
We are proud to be an EEO employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.
Nagoya International Patent Firm is a leading Japanese intellectual property firm located in Nagoya, Japan. We are seeking a U.S. patent attorney having a Juris Doctor (J.D.), admitted to a state bar, and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In general, the job will entail reviewing U.S. applications and providing advice on claim drafting and prosecution tactics. The job will also include providing opinions concerning U.S. patents, providing advice/support on litigation and transactional matters, updating our firm’s attorneys on current U.S. practice and legal decisions, providing general advice concerning copyright/trademark matters, and other legal advice.
Preferred candidates will have at least 2-5 years of experience working in a law firm or in-house with significant prosecution experience. A degree in mechanical or electrical engineering is preferred, although other disciplines will be considered. The candidate is not required to speak Japanese. A minimum 2-year contract is required.
Salary will be negotiated based upon work experience. We have employed several U.S. patent attorneys at our office, and are now seeking a U.S. patent attorney who will cooperatively work with the U.S. patent attorney who is currently working for our firm.
Contact To apply, please email us with a cover letter (within the e-mail, if desired) and resume should be included at: email@example.com.
Additional Info Employer Type: Law Firm Job Location: Nagoya, Japan
At Nike, innovation is in our blood. As a key member of the Nike Patent team, the Patent Expert will collaborate closely with our cutting-edge Apparel and Footwear innovation teams. To be successful, the Patent Expert will need to maintain a high level of awareness of current Nike innovations, development projects, production techniques, and materials.
Primary responsibilities will include monitoring innovation projects, researching utility patent application opportunities, directing the drafting and prosecution of patent applications by outside counsel, and working with the Nike Patent team, outside counsel, and innovators to drive the patent process. The Patent Expert will also monitor Nike’s and its competitors’ respective product launches to strategically build and align our patent portfolio.
The role will report to an Assistant General Counsel on the Patent team and will also assist Nike’s IP Litigation and IP Transactions teams in a variety of other patent-related activities such as patent invalidation/opposition proceedings, freedom to operate assessments, portfolio mining, patent litigation matters, and the negotiation of IP-focused agreements.
To accomplish these important goals, the Patent Expert will possess a technical background (science/engineering) and a strong ability to interface with colleagues having a wide array of expertise in the areas of design, technology, engineering, and IP law in a dynamic environment.
Bachelor’s degree or above in science or engineering.
Registered to practice before the USPTO.
3-5 years of experience of patent drafting and/or prosecution, preferably in the chemical and/or mechanical arts.
Technical and/or patent experience in the fields of consumer products, footwear, apparel, and/or textiles; experience with knitting, weaving, and/or braiding technologies is highly desirable.
Preferred candidates will exhibit:
Ability to communicate patent and technology concepts in both written and verbal form.
Ability to adapt in a dynamic work environment.
Aptitude to understand new areas of technology.
Strong collaboration skills, organizational skills, multi-tasking skills, and attention to detail.
Ability to thrive in ambiguity and to self-manage/prioritize in a fast-paced environment.
Willingness to provide assistance outside of defined job description.
Lee International IP & Law Group, one of the most prestigious law firms in Seoul Korea, is seeking a US patent attorney with a minimum of 2 years of experience working in the US (law firm/in-house/USPTO) drafting and/or reviewing materials related to patent prosecutions, preferably in the fields of electrical and/or electro-mechanical engineering, to work in our office in Seoul, Korea. Excellent writing and oral skills are required. Responsibilities will include communicating effectively with foreign-based clients, editing English translation of Korean patent application and some Korean trademark materials. Bilingual (English and Korean/Mandarin/Japanese) skill is a definite plus. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Inari Agriculture, Inc., is a vibrant start-up company based in Cambridge, MA, focusing on highly innovative new breeding technologies to improve performance of plants. To address the intellectual property challenges in this emerging area of technology, Inari is recruiting an in-house patent attorney to be based at Inari’s Cambridge, MA, location.
The role will encompass both hands-on patent work and on-site general counsel responsibilities including developing patent strategy; in-house patent preparation and prosecution; and instruction of outside patent counsel for US and ex-US cases. In addition the role will include supporting FTO analyses, license negotiations and drafting, staff IP training, and IP advocacy work. The successful candidate will work with Inari’s VP IP & Licenses and a senior patent agent.
Candidates must be a registered US patent attorney and preferably already admitted to the Massachusetts bar. The candidate should have at least 5 years of US patent preparation and prosecution experience in the biotechnology area (preferably in plant biotechnology) and experience in claim strategy and directing prosecution in major ex-US jurisdictions (EP, CN, BR, CA). Additional qualifications include experience with FTO analyses, validity/non-infringement opinions, license agreements, and general corporate legal duties. An advanced degree in a relevant scientific area is desirable.
Inari Agriculture is a Flagship Pioneering (http://flagshippioneering.com) company. Flagship conceives, creates, resources, and grows first-in-category life sciences companies.
Contact Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Info Employer Type: Small Corporation Job Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) is an innovative, dynamic company with a rich past and a promising future. Started in a Palo Alto garage by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard as Hewlett-Packard Company, HPE has continuously reinvented itself. Today, HPE is one of the world's leading technology companies and provides networking, servers, storage, IT and Cloud services, and software solutions for the next generation of IT infrastructure.
The effective management and leveraging of HPE’s intellectual property, on behalf of HPE’s global business units, across the full range of IP transactions, is a key function within HPE’s Legal Department.
HPE’s Legal Department is leading the way for in-house legal departments through our client-first orientation, unique approach to talent development, innovative use of tools and technology, and commitment to pro bono work.
In this individual contributor, intermediate level role you will report to the Director, IP Transactions & Counseling. The successful candidate will counsel and provide IP transactional support to business unit clients, the supply chain team, and to the IP sales and licensing team. The successful candidate will also support special projects as needed.
Provide business-focused IP solutions to all levels of management within the supported client group. Handle complex IP and technology transactions such as joint development agreements, inbound and outbound licensing agreements, patent sales and licensing, patent pool and standards agreements, university and government collaboration agreements, NDAs and other IP agreements.
Support and drive the IP due diligence process in mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.
Responsibilities include agreement drafting, negotiation, and encumbrance review. Will perform infringement and evidence of use analysis and prepare, present and defend claim charts.
Communicate HPE’s IP strategy effectively at all levels within HPE’s organization and prevent loss of IP value by obtaining the best possible IP terms for HPE in a wide range of transactions.
Counsel clients on legal risks in a compressed-timeline, business-critical deal environment.
Prepare and review submissions to HPE’s internal boards for escalation, review and approval of non-standard IP terms including those related to license agreements, participation in standards setting organizations and the like, patent pools and work on other non-product related IP out-licensing.
Experience and Qualifications
5+ years proven experience and success in providing intellectual property transactional counseling in a high technology environment, including experience providing legal support for standards and patent monetization activities. Strong understanding of intellectual property law required.
Appropriate technical degree (EE, CS, Physics or equivalent)
Industry knowledge in appropriate technology fields (server, storage, cloud, networking, IoT, services, hardware and software) is desired
Strong team player with excellent collaborative and influencing skills.
Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, including the ability to deliver executive level presentations and an ability to successfully interact with a wide variety of clients, business partners, competitors, opposing counsel and others.
Oliff PLC, a full service IP Law firm with offices in Alexandria, Virginia, is seeking Patent Attorneys with a background in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering or closely related fields for the Alexandria office.
Background in optics a plus. Applicants should have at least two years of patent prosecution experience in a law firm, and patent drafting experience required. Positions involve all aspects of patent prosecution, with opportunities for increasing levels of responsibility and movement into other areas of our IP practice. Competitive salary and benefits package. Oliff PLC is an equal opportunity employer.
Contact To apply, please email email@example.com. Please submit a cover letter and resume for speedy consideration.
Additional Info Employer Type: Law Firm Job Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Smith & Hopen, P.A. is seeking a registered patent attorney with 1-3 years of patent prosecution experience. Candidates must have strong academic credentials and technical expertise. Preference will be given to those with electrical and computer engineering degrees.
Contact To apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a resume, writing sample, and cover letter.
Additional Info Employer Type: Law Firm Job Location: Tampa Bay, Florida
Smith & Hopen is one of the most prominent and esteemed IP law firms in Florida. Smith & Hopen focuses its practice on a full spectrum of patent and trademark prosecution services, including proceedings before the PTAB and TTAB. Smith & Hopen represents a wide array of clients including major public and private universities, high-tech companies, cancer research facilities, and independent inventors.
LANXESS is seeking a Patent Attorney to work in its Middlebury, Connecticut offices.
Work with assigned business units to identify inventions and draft patent applications covering such inventions for LANXESS Solutions US Inc. and its affiliates.
Prosecute patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office for LANXESS Solutions US Inc. and its affiliates.
Manage a global patent portfolio based on a patent strategy developed with the assigned business units, including overseeing outside counsel’s prosecution of foreign filed patent applications.
Provide counseling on legal issues relating to the enforcement of LANXESS' intellectual property rights and compliance with third parties’ intellectual property rights, including Freedom to Operate opinions.
Negotiate, draft and review IP related agreements, including confidentiality agreements, licensing agreements, and joint development agreements.
Assist in the selection and management of outside counsel in the prosecution/defense of various IP legal issues, including freedom to operate and infringement opinions.
Interpret court decisions, conduct legal research, have knowledge of statutes and governmental regulations to provide legal advice on current and pending IP legal developments.
Develop and maintain a strong working knowledge of business and operational goals and objectives of the assigned areas.
Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science
License to practice law in at least one state (including a CT House License where appropriate)
Admission to practice before the USPTO
3-5 years of experience in Patent Law, in-house experience preferred
Exceptional verbal and written communication required
Nike seeks an experienced intellectual property lawyer to serve as an Assistant General Counsel, IP Transactions and Licensing. In that role, the successful candidate will provide IP counseling for key segments of Nike’s world-class innovation, product development, and manufacturing innovation, including developing and implementing current and forward-looking innovation/IP activities. As a member of Nike’s legal and IP teams, you will collaborate closely with Nike’s business and innovation teams, as well as legal colleagues, to provide deal negotiation, drafting, and execution and strategic advice related to the company’s IP development, strategic partnerships, business relationships, and licensing activities.
In this role, the successful candidate will help to drive innovation efforts through IP-centric partnerships and transactions. You will develop and implement best practices and processes for aligning IP strategies with Nike business goals. As a member of the Nike global IP and legal departments, you will work closely with other members of those teams to provide expertise where needed.
Develop and implement global strategy for Nike’s IP transactions and licensing activities.
Work closely with senior management, technical/business stakeholders, and legal colleagues to advise and negotiate IP-intensive transactions, including strategic partnerships, joint development efforts, open innovation activities, patent licenses, and IP acquisitions.
Draft and negotiate IP-centric agreements including joint development and collaboration, IP acquisition, university research, and inbound and outbound license agreements.
Lead Nike’s open source program.
Provide IP advice (including ownership, licensing, and indemnification guidance) for commercial and corporate agreements, including consulting, exclusivity, supply and manufacturing agreements.
Provide IP advice on a variety of company and business issues, including M&A activities, strategic innovation programs, university relations, inventor programs, confidentiality programs, and employment-related issues.
Collaborate and work with other senior business, IP, and legal leaders on a wide range of IP-related issues, including IP analysis, due diligence, disputes, and strategy.
Provide education and training to Nike’s business, innovation and legal partners regarding IP, open source, and transactional/licensing issues.
Juris Doctor degree and active member in good standing of at least one state bar; admission to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and a technical degree are strongly preferred.
5 to 10 years of solid experience in: negotiating and drafting IP and technology transactional agreements, license agreements, and IP provisions of commercial agreements; general IP substantive areas (including patent prosecution and litigation, trade secrets); open source review and counseling; and IP counseling. Some in-house legal experience is preferred.
Broad range of legal experience and substantive knowledge related to open source, patent licensing, enforcement and litigation.
Strong communication skills -- verbal and written -- with the ability to express thoughts clearly, concisely, and persuasively to a range of audiences, including legal experts, innovators, technologists, and senior business executives.
Capable of adding value to Nike through unique technical and legal expertise.
Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills; a team player who can establish and build partnerships within all levels of the innovation and legal teams.
The ability to multi-task, manage multiple priorities, problem solve and deliver timely and effective results in a fast-paced, team environment.
The ability to counsel clients in developing business and licensing strategies by finding creative solutions to complex business and legal issues relating to IP.
• At least 5+ years of experience specifically in US/foreign trademark prosecution (search, filings and responses to office actions), domain name disputes, TTAB proceedings, trademark/patent litigation, licensing, and cease and desist letters.
• IP litigation experience in federal court - trademark, patent, copyright and/or corporate/contracts.
• Large law firm or IP boutique law firm experience required.
• Proven record of client development, must have at least a few portable clients as proof.
• At least one state bar license required.
Contact If you are interested in working with us, please send a cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Additional Info Employer Type: Law Firm Job Location: Nationwide or telecommute
Loza & Loza LLP, a fast growing and dynamic intellectual property practice, is seeking an EE/software patent attorney with at least 4 years of experience in patent prosecution.
Firm Culture: Our firm is made up of experienced, tech-savvy, entrepreneurial attorneys, and we hope to add similar attorneys to our team. We have a cohesive group of attorneys with unsurpassed technical expertise and work quality. Attorneys set their own work schedule and hourly rate(s), and there is no minimum hourly requirement. This is a great opportunity for those who pride themselves in providing excellent work quality and client service.
Compensation: Our firm has one of the most generous compensation structures in the industry, matching or exceeding large firm compensation. Additionally, we have a yearly profit-sharing plan that rewards client origination.
Electrical Engineering or Software/Computer Science Bachelor/Master Degree.
At least 4+ years of patent preparation, prosecution and consulting experience.
Strong grasp of complex technologies (e.g., you are the attorney your colleagues turn to for technically difficult/complex cases).
Large law firm or boutique patent law firm experience required.
Proven track record of developing clients.
USPTO patent bar registration and at least one state bar license and good standing is required.
The ideal candidate is a self-starter and proactive problem solver who can work autonomously and can handle significant client contact.
Contact If you are interested in working with us, please send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples (office action and published/patented application) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Info Employer Type: Law Firm Job Location: Nationwide or telecommute