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Work at the forefront of automotive innovation with ZF,
one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers.

US Patent Counsel

Location: 

Farmington Hills, MI, US, 48331

Req ID 24498
   

We are looking for a US Intellectual Property Counsel that will be located in Farmington Hills, Michigan.

 

Primary Responsibilities

The US Intellectual Property Counsel collaborate with the European and Asian IP Counsels and will provide strategic vision and daily operation oversight in managing current and future intellectual property to develop and implement overall directives. Particular aspects of this role will be portfolio management, intellectual property business transactions, dispute and litigation support, licensing, inhouse patent drafting and patent prosecution, support for enforcement and defense of third-party claims, publication review, due diligence, and opinion work. The US Intellectual Property Counsel will be an integral working partner with the company's global business units and product development organizations, handling intellectual property assets and collaborating with intellectual property teams thereby supporting many of the ZF divisions.

 

Typical Duties

  • This position will report to a ZF Division Lead Counsel and will hold responsibility for certain facets of the intellectual property in-house practice
  • Manage invention disclosure process and work closely with internal clients on all matters relating to inventions.
  • Internal preparation of patent applications and patent prosecution matters. 
  • Direct and oversee outside patent counsel.
  • Take Responsibility for patent infringement matters, patent licensing cases, transaction and agreement support, freedom to operate evaluations, and all other matters relating to part of the company’s intellectual property assets.
  • Evaluate, file, and defend third party oppositions.
  • Provide general commercial advice in all areas of the company's operations, including contract negotiation and review.
  • Software licensing relating to the Company’s products.
  • Performing IP due diligence and developing contracts for divestitures, acquisitions, investments, and joint ventures.
  • Provide expertise and training to Engineering teams relating intellectual property policies, procedures and topics.

 

Requirements

  • 5+ years of experience in intellectual property law practice within a law firm and/or in-house.
  • Juris doctorate in intellectual property or related field (preferred)  
  • Current membership in any state bar required
  • Technical degree in electrical, electronics, computer engineering, physics, electro-mechanical or related field (preferred)
  • Fully qualified Patent Attorney admitted to the USPTO
  • Experience in working in the intellectual property field in the area of electronics-based technology including software and ADAS products, at a high technology company or law firm. automotive experience in the field valued.
  • Software experience and knowledge of open-source compliance valued.
  • Electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics background valued.
  • Excellent knowledge of US and foreign patent and trademark laws and practices.
  • Expertise in filing patent applications and related prosecution filings with the USPTO.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish effective working relationships with engineers, senior executives and colleagues within the legal and intellectual property teams and ability to work effectively in an international multi-cultural environment. 
  • Hard working, well organized, able to manage numerous projects simultaneously under deadline pressure, and experience managing and completing complex projects in a demanding environment.
  • Strategic thinker with focus on practical client advice and the ability to advise on legal risks within a business context.
  • Ability and train team members and inhouse clients.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and negotiation skills required.
  • Must possess commitment to professionalism, integrity, and collegiality.
  • Ability to multi-task and accomplish tight deadlines in a team environment

 

Be part of our ZF team as US Patent Counsel and apply now!

 

DIVERSITY COMMITMENT

To harness the power of innovation, we invest in the development of diverse employees. We aspire to leverage the qualities and appreciate the unique competencies that each person brings to our company. Our company is committed to the principles of Equal Employment Opportunity and to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. If you are interested in applying for employment with us and are in need of accommodation or special assistance to navigate our website or to complete your application, please contact us. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. ZF is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law. Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran

Our Commitment to Diversity

ZF is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunities for all job applicants and employees. Employment decisions are based upon job-related reasons regardless of an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, marital status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by law.


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