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Specialized seeks a highly-motivated IP Coordinating Counsel with first-hand experience managing the intellectual property needs of a global company. This role will provide strategic advice regarding opportunities for product innovation and direction, and create the legal structures to help establish legal rights to the company’s valuable intellectual property.
Coordinate the overall intellectual property effort, providing expertise and advice that enables the business to grow
Strategically mange the patent and trademark portfolios globally
Efficiently manage the company’s patent and trademark prosecution effort
Analyze and provide advice regarding patentability and patent freedom-to-operate searches
Draft or review a range of commercial agreements, including third party supply contracts, technology development agreements, confidentiality agreements, and other commercial agreements implicating intellectual property rights
Lead the intellectual property effort with respect to acquisitions
Manage inside and outside counsel engaged in the intellectual property effort
Train internal customers and teammates on intellectual property policy, procedure, and risk management
7 to 10 years of relevant legal experience as an attorney with an emphasis in intellectual property on a global scale.
JD from a top U.S. Law School having graduated in the top 25% of class
Bachelors or advanced degree in engineering or a science-related field.
Must demonstrate strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills as well as good judgment. Must be detail-oriented, a quick learner, and able to set and juggle priorities while handling multiple tasks simultaneously. Also must be independent, proactive, and self-motivated to perform duties with a high level of professionalism and minimal supervision
Excellent drafting and negotiation skills, with an eye for detail
Capacity to cultivate strong client relationships and successfully influence leadership in a fast-paced, innovative business climate
Ability to drive legal strategies for the company and independently initiate new assignments and identify ways to improve process and operations
Ability to practice law in California
Must be able to travel internationally
Experience in international intellectual property law is preferred.
Specialized is the global leader in the designing and manufacturing of high performing technologically advanced bicycles, components and cycling apparel for world champion riders and cycling enthusiasts. Founded in 1974 and headquartered in Morgan Hill, California, Specialized is a global company with offices throughout the world.