Patent Attorney

Legal - Burlington, MA, USA
Posting Date
Jun 14, 2018
Location
Burlington, MA, USA
Department
Legal
Status
*LI-LM1

Role

The Patent Attorney reports to Global Head of Intellectual Property.  The successful candidate will collaborate with attorneys and paralegals in the Company’s legal organization, members of the engineering and product groups, and other professionals throughout the organization.  Day-to-day responsibilities will include patent portfolio development, handling new and pending patent filings, assisting and supporting Company employees with the invention disclosure process, providing IP support for transactional matters, intellectual property counseling, and handling a wide variety of other matters as needed.  This newly-created role presents a competitive learning opportunity in a fast-paced, exciting environment.

Main Duties

  • Develop and implement strategy for patent portfolio development
  • Manage outside counsel drafting and prosecuting patents
  • Work with Patent Review Board members to prioritize disclosures
  • Prepare, file, and prosecute some patent and trademark applications
  • Advise on intellectual property rights issues including copyright, trademark and patent matters
  • Provide intellectual property training for Company employees
  • Analyze and mitigate the risks of third party intellectual property
  • Counsel engineering teams on use of open source software
  • Provide intellectual property support in product release process
  • Collaborate regularly with product and engineering teams to provide timely, pragmatic, and business-focused legal advice, even in ambiguous situations
  • Report periodically on the impact of intellectual property in the Company
  • Provide intellectual property support in transactional matters, including license agreements, strategic partnerships, and mergers and acquisitions
  • Create internal policies, operational procedures, user-facing policy and internal compliance guidelines regarding intellectual property
  • Invention disclosures identified and converted to valuable patent applications on schedule and in budget.
  • Timely, strategic feedback to outside counsel.
  • Ongoing communication and collaboration with inventors, patent review board, and patent legal team.
  • Legal advice reflecting an understanding of the Company’s technology and business.
  • Effective meetings with engineering teams to harvest inventions.
  • Product reviews conducted in connection with the product release process.

Experience and Skills

Minimum Experience:

Minimum of 5 years’ experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience. In cases of internal promotion, an exception may be made to the minimum requirements based on company needs and the proven ability of the incumbent to perform the key roles and responsibilities of this position.

Special Skills, Knowledge, and Other Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Engineering or comparable degree
  • A JD from an accredited Law School with experience in a law firm or in-house legal department prosecuting patents and performing freedom to operate or invalidity analyses
  • Strong knowledge of U.S. and foreign patent law
  • Admitted to practice the Massachusetts bar or eligible for Massachusetts In-House Attorney Registration
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Ability to balance competing priorities and manage several time-sensitive projects at once and ability to be flexible and self-directed in a fast-paced environment.

Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to speak and/or listen. The employee frequently is required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk/ use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Benefits

In most cases, the compensation package includes:

  • Medical insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Long-term disability insurance
  • 401k plan
  • Vacation time
  • Gym membership compensation

Special How to Apply Instructions

To apply, please send resume to: NA.Careers@Sophos.com
Posting Date
Jun 14, 2018
Location
Burlington, MA, USA
Department
Legal
Status
*LI-LM1