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Northrop Grumman has exclusively engaged Major, Lindsey & Africa to conduct the search for a Corporate Counsel – Intellectual Property at Northrop Grumman Corporation (“Northrop”) in the Washington, DC metro area. Interested candidates, please respond to the MLA recruiter who contacted you about this search or directly to the recruiters managing this search or by submitting your resume to IPCorporateCounsel@mlaglobal.com. Please do not contact the company directly; all resumes sent to Northrop Grumman will be routed to MLA for handling and will create delays.
Company Overview: Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 90,000 employees worldwide provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.
Position Overview: Northrop’s Office of the General Counsel is currently seeking a Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property (IP) who will be responsible for providing expert legal support to the Company’s Mission Systems Sector.
Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
Providing senior level expertise in IP law, with particular attention to government data rights and commercial licensing issues.
Advising management on IP issues, including complex issues of significant financial and legal risk to the company.
Performing independent research, analysis and business partner counseling on complex and/or strategically important issues.
Managing preparation and prosecution of patents, trademarks, copyrights, etc.
Advising on IP risks and IP aspects of contracts of all kinds.
Developing and maintaining knowledge of the Sector’s business and technology strategy, as well as continuously learning about current and historic technologies.
Managing outside counsel; may supervise other attorneys and paralegals.
Location: Washington, DC metro area
A Juris Doctor and active state bar membership.
10 + years directly related experience in a law firm or as in-house counsel.
Experience in protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, licensing of intellectual property, and counseling business partners in government contracting concerns.
Significant experience with FAR and DFAR intellectual property regulations, contract clauses, and complex issues relating to technical data and computer software.
Active U.S. Security Clearance or ability to obtain one.
Registration to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific field.
Experience developing and managing global intellectual property portfolios.
Experience with international intellectual property issues and transactions.
Ability to work collaboratively and partner effectively with business leaders, technologists, and other members of the law department in a global enterprise.
Desire to work in a collaborative and team-oriented environment, with the ability to motivate others through thought leadership.
Strong organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to balance multiple, competing priorities.
Compensation: Competitive base and bonus.
Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
About Major, Lindsey & Africa
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