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Director- Corporate Patent Counsel

Company name

Gates Corporation

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Date Last Verified

Oct 14, 2020

Valid Through

Jan 27, 2021

Posted on

Sep 19, 2020

Years of Experience

Min 8 yrs required


Denver, CO, United States

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Practice Area
Intellectual Property >> Intellectual Property - Patent >> Intellectual Property - Patent - Hard Sciences >> Electrical Engineering
Intellectual Property >> Intellectual Property - Patent >> Intellectual Property - Patent - Hard Sciences >> Mechanical
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Director- Corporate Patent Counsel
Duties: Prosecute a consistent flow of global patents relating to core competencies in materials science, including highly-engineered products in power transmission and fluid power applications (25+ annually). Maintain an in-depth understanding of operations, customers, competitors, and strategic objectives in order to advise on intellectual property development and trademarks. Establish close partnerships with innovation, engineering and product line management teams in order to ensure counsel is sought at every step of the process of product invention, development, manufacture and distribution. Regularly review and engage on statements of invention prepared by engineers and scientists and submitted on internal “eSOI” asterisk site. Develop, implement and enforce an effective patent protection program; provide corporate-wide training on patent and trademark strategy. Draft legal opinions, such as freedom-to-operate and validity/invalidity opinions. Work closely with, provide support to and manage experienced IP Manager. Manage trade secret protections by drafting NDAs, training employees, and conducting exit interviews. Effectively navigate foreign patent and litigation jurisdictions; specifically, China and Europe. Participate in the development of IP department strategic plans, policies and procedures. Actively monitor industry legal and business developments; advise regarding impact to business of new developments in intellectual property and trademark law.

Qualification and Experience

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in a science discipline; Master’s is a plus. JD Degree or L.L.M. Degree and member (in good standing) of at least one state Bar, preferably Colorado. Registered Patent Attorney with the USPTO. Significant experience in practical engineering in industrial manufacturing, mechanical/electrical and/or materials engineering. 8+ years of legal experience in strategic intellectual property development and protection, patent application and prosecution. Ability to quickly develop in-depth knowledge of Gates’ products, programs, operations, policies and strategies. Ability to understand and appropriately balance business opportunities and legal risks. Superior client counseling and communication skills that inspire a high degree of trust, invite consultation, and promote communication. Strong analytical skills and legal creativity, and significant experience in analyzing and providing practical, effective solutions to significant, complex transactions and issues. Ability to coordinate and lead work groups and project teams. Experience managing junior lawyers and non-legal professionals. Strong interpersonal skills, with proven ability to effectively communicate with C-Suite and executive leadership clients. Ability to prioritize work and to work in situations with multiple, simultaneous demands. Ability to maximize results using limited resources.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Gates Corporation
1551 Wewatta Street
Denver, CO 80202