Associate General Counsel - Intellectual Property & Litigation

Date:  Aug 7, 2022
Location: 

Palatine, IL, US, 60067

At Weber, grilling is a passion that’s reflected in everything we do. Our goal is to share this passion and spark inspiration with the people who matter most – our grilling community. Weber has been the world’s premiere manufacturer of charcoal and gas grills and accessories since 1952. If you have the desire to work for a company that is recognized for exceptional quality products and high customer satisfaction, employment with Weber may be right for you. We provide a friendly working atmosphere with an environment of growth and opportunity through innovation, pride, and excellence.

 

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Summary:

As Associate General Counsel – Intellectual Property and Litigation, you will report to the General Counsel and be responsible for two key functions within Weber’s growing global legal organization.

 

First, you will have first chair support of Weber’s global intellectual property program which will primarily involve patent matters, but which will also encompass trademark, copyright, trade secrets, domain names, enforcement actions, cancellation actions, oppositions, cease and desist letters, and related litigation management. This will include evaluating patents and potential product infringement issues, preparing, and overseeing outside counsel's preparation of patent and trademark applications for filing, and representing the company in matters relating to intellectual property that include strategic alliances, joint ventures, development and licensing, R&D and technology transfer, and mergers and acquisitions.

 

Second, you will also report to the General Counsel on litigation. We want a top-tier strategic thinker who can actively lead litigation matters across a broad array of disciplines, including antitrust, contract, employment, internal and external investigation, and product liability matters. As part of a tight-knit team, you will set the strategy and drive the results. A successful litigator in this role will apply principled legal analysis with a blend of common sense, sound judgment, and creativity. 

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage a global legal framework for the protection of Company’s intellectual property portfolio, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.
  • Manage patent and trademark prosecution and internal patenting committees
  • Provide practical legal advice regarding intellectual property and global portfolio management that furthers business strategies/objectives.
  • Assist with intellectual property due diligence in mergers and acquisitions and other strategic initiatives that involve the Company’s intellectual property.
  • Support the R&D organization, including client counseling, invention harvesting, freedom-to-operate analysis, due diligence analysis and reporting, and helping to identify non-patent legal or business risks.
  • Exposure to and support major areas of the business including information technology, commercial, sales and marketing groups, corporate strategy, manufacturing, and supply chain.
  • Support U.S. and non-U.S. litigation, oppositions, IP Rights, or other judicial and non-judicial proceedings around the world.
  • Provide transactional support for intellectual property and information technology agreements, including joint development agreements, patent/trademark/copyright licenses, software and other IP agreements.
  • Provides support and leadership in improvement and issue-resolution projects in both the Legal function and within the business unit.
  • Providing mentorship in support of patent prosecution to patenting committee members.
  • Develop successful litigation strategies, and supervise and direct outside counsel in executing them.
  • Identify, cultivate relationships with, and give opportunities to, outstanding under-represented litigation attorneys at law firms to increase the diversity of our outside counsel representation.
  • Have the courage to form and defend a point of view on sensitive, high-profile issues, balanced with the humility to accept and incorporate other perspectives.
  • Blend rigorous legal assessment with creative problem solving.
  • Be self-motivated and intellectually curious.
  • Counsel internal clients in all areas of the business and at all levels of management on legal issues.
  • Interact externally with customers, suppliers, partners, competitors, courts, and government agencies.
  • Develop reasonable, reliable budgets and manage the staffing and efficiency of outside counsel and other service providers to deliver strong results within those budgets.

 

Requirements:

  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant intellectual property experience, including global and domestic patent prosecution; developing patent strategies, conducting patent analysis, and global IP portfolio management. In-house experience required and a combination of law firm/in-house experience preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant litigation experience (which can include intellectual property or other litigation experience).
  • B.S. in materials science, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering or similar field.
  • Juris doctor degree from an accredited law school.
  • Professional license to practice law in one state.
  • Admitted to practice in front of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Patent bar admission).

 

Our Benefits:

  • Competitive Healthcare Benefits
  • Flexibility & Remote Work
  • 401(k) plans with company match
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Paid holidays
  • Maternity & Paternity leave
  • An unmatched employee discount
  • New hire grill credit
  • State-of-the-art Grill Academy located at Headquarters
  • Fitness Center at Headquarters
  • Tuition assistance

 

Weber-Stephen Products LLC is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, or Vietnam era, or other eligible veteran status, or any other protected factor.

 


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