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ProfileAssociate General Counsel - IP
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have a law degree from a well-regarded law school, be a full member of a State Bar, and be admitted to practice before the USPTO. If not a member of the State Bar in which the position is located, then must take steps to gain admission by complying with the rules for that State in-house corporate counsel. Should preferably hold an undergraduate science degree in one of the following disciplines: chemistry, biology, chemical engineering, biochemistry, or food science. Candidate with degrees in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics, or other scientific disciplines will be considered. Must have 15+ years as a practicing intellectual property lawyer; if an in-house lawyer, law firm experience earlier in career is preferred. Should have significant experience in the preparation and prosecution of patents, including the development of IP portfolios relevant to the life cycle of products. Significant experience providing clearance opinions; experience working on patent litigation is highly preferred. Experience counseling management on litigation strategy and other litigation matters is desired. Should have an understanding of the corporate environment, and specifically the importance of the linkage between a company's business objectives, research and development efforts, and its patent protection and enforcement efforts. Experience leading and developing a team of attorneys and legal professionals is needed. Exposure to global patent issues is essential. Experience evaluating the patent portfolios of competitors and general understanding of the competitive landscape globally is a must. Experience working with outside counsel on validity opinions and patent litigation is required.