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Chief IP Counsel

Company: Los Alamos National Laboratory
Location: Los Alamos
Posted on: April 2, 2021

Job Description:

Seeking a highly experienced attorney to lead the Intellectual Property (GC-IP) group in its mission to provide timely services and advice on a variety of IP matters related to dynamic institutional priorities. Position will report to the Deputy General Counsel within the Office of General Counsel (OGC) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Selected candidate will serve as the primary interface on IP matters with DOE/NNSA and other federal agencies, similarly-situated laboratories, national and local businesses, and all Laboratory colleagues and clients. Close coordination and collaboration is expected with the Laboratory's technology transfer, business, and other technical divisions. Responsibilities for this role include, but are not limited to, the following: Lead all strategic IP initiatives; Provide advice to the Laboratory's senior management and technology transfer division on IP-related transaction provisions that is consistent with the Laboratory's obligations under its Prime Contract; Co-develop and advise on IP-related policies and procedures; Establish and maintain excellent relationships with internal clients, DOE/NNSA, and attorney peers. Manage relationships with outside counsel; Manage and oversee Triad's broad-reaching IP portfolio in all technical subject areas, including, but not limited to, the following technical areas as examples: nuclear energy, geothermal energy, biology, computational biology, chemistry, computer science, additive manufacturing, and mechanical engineering; Draft and review agreements pertaining to a complete suite of technology transfer and licensing mechanisms; Conduct and participate in negotiations with outside persons, other entities and their attorneys, who may be in either an adversarial or contractual relationship with the Laboratory, including subcontractors, claimants, litigants, and officials and agencies of various federal, state, tribal and local government agencies in an effort to settle, accommodate, or resolve issues relating to intellectual property matters; and Oversee and manage the day-to-day work of the OGC IP group, including attorneys and paralegals. In a culture where how we work is as important as what we do, this includes proactively managing risk, focusing on our work, and relying on continuous learning to strengthen this foundation. The IP group's responsibilities include providing strategic legal advice and counsel in support of the Laboratory's national security mission and executing its technology transfer mission of making the Laboratory's unique capabilities and IP portfolio accessible to the domestic market. The IP group works with Laboratory managers and employees regarding the legal aspects and consequences of proposed courses of action and identifies alternative courses of action that align with the Laboratory's mission and manage risk for the institution. Specific areas may include, but are not limited to, patent prosecution, copyrights, trademarks, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), Strategic Partnership Projects (SPPs), Non-Disclosure Agreements, subcontracts, intellectual property management plans, memoranda of understanding, licenses of intellectual property, and other technology transfer agreements. The IP group also manages the Laboratory's robust and diverse patent portfolio. What You Need Technical Experience For this role you will need substantial (minimum of 12 years) work experience in the area of patent, copyright, and trademark law, intellectual property, licensing agreements, technology transfer agreements, and other issues related to the management of intellectual property issues, including disputes relating to intellectual property issues. Leadership & Coordination At this level you need to have the demonstrated ability to lead and coordinate the legal work of a patent function involving attorneys and paralegals in an in-house, law firm, or government setting. Patent Applications You will need to have experience drafting and prosecution of patent applications, and experience overseeing attorneys in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, in a range of technical disciplines. Negotiation For this role you must have demonstrated skill in and knowledge of the concepts and processes involved in preparing for negotiations, conducting negotiations, and counseling clients regarding developments and options in a negotiation relating to intellectual property. In-house / Government You will need legal experience in an in-house or government setting. Training/Certifications: Member in good standing of a Bar of at least one state or the District of Columbia. Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Education/Experience: This position requires a Juris Doctorate Degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school and be an active member of a bar in good standing (any jurisdiction), and be licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Patent attorneys at this level require a 12 years of legal experience after passing the patent bar and being admitted to practice in order to be equipped with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Desired Qualifications: DOE/NNSA It would be great if you had knowledge of and experience with DOE/NNSA management and operating contracts and regulations applicable to DOE/NNSA national laboratories, particularly those regulations relating to intellectual property issues and technology transfer. Government Contracts & Accounting It would be nice if you had familiarity with statutes and regulations relating to U.S. Government contracts, including knowledge of federal acquisition and cost accounting practices. Software It would be nice if you had knowledge of applicable software applications and technologies, particularly IP management software. Note to Applicants: Please include comprehensive cover letter and writing samples with application materials. Location: This position will be physically located in Los Alamos. Where You Will Work Located in beautiful northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. Our generous benefits package includes: -- PPO or High Deductible medical insurance with the same large nationwide network -- Dental and vision insurance -- Free basic life and disability insurance -- Paid maternity and parental leave -- Award-winning 401(k) (6% matching plus 3.5% annually) -- Learning opportunities and tuition assistance -- Flexible schedules and time off (paid sick, vacation, and holidays) -- Onsite gyms and wellness programs -- Extensive relocation packages (outside a 50 mile radius) Directive 206.2 - Employment with Triad requires a favorable decision by NNSA indicating employee is suitable under NNSA Supplemental Directive 206.2 . Please note that this requirement applies only to citizens of the United States. Foreign nationals are subject to a similar requirement under DOE Order 142.3A. Clearance:--Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter. *Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances.--See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information. New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing. Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status. Internal Applicants: Regular appointment employees who have served at least one year of continuous service in their current position are eligible to apply for posted jobs throughout the Laboratory. If an employee has not served the one year of continuous service, they may only apply for Laboratory jobs with the documented approval of their Division Leader. Please refer to Laboratory Policy P701 for applicant eligibility requirements. Incentive Compensation Program:--Position is--eligible to participate in the Triad Incentive Compensation Program. Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1. Privacy Statement Copyright (c) 2006, Oracle. All rights reserved.

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