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Director, Patents The candidate will lead a growing team responsible for the development and management of firm's worldwide patent portfolio. Will understand firm's strategic and competitive position and execute on the company's portfolio strategy. Oversee all aspects of patent application preparation and prosecution by outside patent counsel. Ensure strongest patent protection for firm's inventions and maximize freedom to operate. Keep current on patent laws, policies, practices and procedures in the U.S and abroad. Analyze proposed legislation and policy, and work with the company's policy team to engage with government and judicial officials. Educate engineers and other company personnel generally on patent issues and provide guidance on the patentability of inventions. JD degree and state Bar membership is needed. Should have 12+ years of experience as a patent attorney in a law firm or in-house. Eligible to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is needed. Experience in patent preparation, prosecution and portfolio management with a focus on software, mobile, web technologies, social products/technologies/platforms, and technologies are essential. Communication experience and experience thinking strategically is needed. Experience interfacing with senior executives, clients and co-workers aressential. Experience meeting deadlines, prioritizing workflow and adjusting to workload fluctuations is needed. Experience with patent licensing, valuation and acquisition is needed. Undergraduate degree in computer science, electrical engineering, physics or substantially similar technical field is needed.
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