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HID Global powers the trusted identities of the world’s people, places and things. We make it possible for people to transact safely, work productively and travel freely. Our trusted identity solutions give people secure and convenient access to physical and digital places and connect things that can be accurately identified, verified and tracked digitally. Millions of people around the world use HID products and services to navigate their everyday lives, and over 2 billion things are connected through HID technology. We work with governments, educational institutions, hospitals, financial institutions, industrial businesses and some of the most innovative companies on the planet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 3,000 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com. If you are creative, driven to succeed, inspired by challenge and take pride in getting things done, we welcome your enthusiastic interest in joining the HID Global team as Intellectual Property Counsel. In this role, you will have the opportunity to immediately: (i) develop IP strategies to protect HID’s next-generation of highly integrated products and services; (ii) contribute to the favorable resolution of ongoing IP disputes; and (iii) support HID’s acquisition activities, including IP reviews of potential acquisition and IP portfolio integration.
Reporting to the Vice President & General Counsel – Intellectual Property, as Intellectual Property Counsel you will have at least 5 years of experience in a wide-range of intellectual property legal matters from which to: (i) shape and execute intellectual property strategies to support business goals using sound, practical judgment and good business sense; and (ii) counsel and educate business leaders and technology teams on all intellectual property matters.
This position, located in Europe, will support HID’s Citizen Identity Solutions (“CID”) business unit that is headquartered in Suresnes, France. CID meets the most demanding requirements for security, quality, and effective program execution in today’s most complex ID programs. CID provides an unparalleled range of solutions and industry expertise covering all aspects of the government-to-citizen identification market. From complex ID document issuance and management solutions to electronic inlays and security components, CID works with our customers to tailor our offering to suit their specific requirements.
Key responsibilities include:
Analyzing and mitigating the risks of third party intellectual property (e.g., survey of competitor patents);
Analyzing CID’s IP in view of competitive products;
Assisting in patent litigation and pre-litigation activities, including working with outside counsel to develop strategies to initiate, defend, resolve and prevent various forms of litigation;
Supporting commercial and M&A transactions, including IP reviews of potential acquisition and IP portfolio integration;
Identifying and evaluating patentable and strategic inventions (e.g., including prior art searching);
Proactively supporting the engineering and innovation strategy for the CID business unit;
Coordinating IP-related communications, visibility and training for the business unit;
Interfacing with senior management, production, marketing, legal and other professionals to support IP-related activities of the business unit;
Managing prosecution decisions for a worldwide patent portfolio and coordinating with outside counsel (e.g., patent application drafting); and
Assisting in a wide range of other intellectual property issues, including copyright, trademark, and trade secret
Location: Suresnes, France; Galway, Ireland; Granges, Switzerland; other locations will be considered
A strong technical background with an undergraduate degree in Engineering or Computer Other scientific/technical backgrounds will be considered depending upon relevant experience. Experience with identification document, access control technology, and related products preferred;
A law degree from a top rated law school (preferred) or equivalent experience and training;
Admitted to practice law in at least one European jurisdiction and/or a state of the United States (preferred);
Registered to practice before the European Patent Office and/or the United States Patent and Trademark Office; and
A minimum of 5 years relevant experience in IP and technology law, including at least 3 years prior practice with an internationally recognized IP law
Collaborate effectively and positively with others;
Exemplary customer orientation focus and success in creating a superior customer experience;
Sound legal and business judgment;
Strong organizational skills, maintaining attention to detail on multiple projects simultaneously and adjusting to changing priorities and deadlines;
Proactively isolate and prioritize issues to focus on implementing both top-level, strategic solutions as well as the day-to-day initiatives;
Quickly assimilate and understand complex situations and information, including highly technical information;
Efficiently manage intellectual property portfolios and outside counsel globally;
Monitor legal budgets;
Excellent analytical and communication skills;
Ability to speak, read, and write English fluently (mandatory) and French and/or German (preferred); and
Travel availability up to 15%.
Internal Number: HID5550
About HID Global
HID Global takes innovative approaches to helping organizations and governments become more secure and productive by protecting the people, data and things most important to them. We offer integrated solutions for creating, managing and using trusted identities, differentiated by a convenient and remarkable user experience.
The company’s served markets include physical and logical access control, including strong authentication and credential management; card printing and personalization; visitor management systems; highly secure government and citizen ID; and identification RFID technologies used in animal ID and industry and logistics applications. The company’s primary brands include ActivID®, EasyLobby®, FARGO®, IdenTrust®, LaserCard®, Lumidigm®, and HID®. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID Global has over 2,200 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID Global® is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com.
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