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The Patent team in the Intellectual Property Group in Microsoft’s Corporate, External & Legal Affairs (CELA) division has an immediate opening for experienced counsel to help build a world-class patent portfolio, develop business-minded IP strategy, and become a trusted IP advisor. You will engage with technologies that have become the foundation of modern computing as well as those that are now driving the fourth industrial revolution.Responsibilities
Protecting Innovation: You provide analytical skills and collaborate with one of the world’s leading research organizations, Microsoft Research, to harvest inventions, evaluate idea submissions, and make recommendations about how to best protect key innovations for Microsoft. You engage regularly with the researcher community through researchers themselves, patent champions within Microsoft Research, and the leadership for Microsoft Research. You will also help prosecute the Microsoft patent portfolio by working with Microsoft colleagues and outside counsel in the US as well as internationally to continually improve every aspect of the portfolio that you manage. This includes understanding current patent law as well as identifying trends and anticipating changes to adapt strategy.
IP Advisor: You are the subject matter expert on patents for the Microsoft Research laboratories and incubations that you support. You will engage with the laboratories and incubations to protect their innovations, advise them on IP strategy, understand their IP concerns, and counsel them accordingly. You also partner with other legal generalists to identify, predict, and navigate IP challenges, including risk mitigation, licensing, competitive analysis, patent policy, and more.Qualifications
Patent Expertise: The ideal candidate has a strong track record of successfully prosecuting patents in a variety of technical fields but preferably in computer science, computer engineering, and/or electrical engineering. The candidate should have strong patent analysis skills both in terms of patent generation (patentability and claiming strategies) as well as patent evaluation (assessment of patent strength and development of non-infringement and invalidity positions). Ideally, the candidate has experience in both preparation and prosecution of patents as well as patent litigation and counseling.
Communication and Collaboration: The ideal candidate has strong written and verbal communication skills, excellent judgment, and collaborates well with others. To be successful, the candidate should be able to communicate clearly to a range of audiences including business executives, a variety of legal professionals, and externally to business partners and patent office officials.
We work in a matrixed environment, and successful candidates will also have a demonstrated track record of communicating across organizations and architecting and driving solutions end to end.
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