Senior Director, Chief Labor and Employment Counsel @ Whirlpool

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Job Description:

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing and executing intellectual property protection strategies related to assigned Whirlpool innovation and technology areas.
  • Advising on patent strategy, and managing the filing, prosecution, and maintenance of Whirlpool’s global patent portfolio.
  • Negotiating intellectual property-related contracts, including M&A, confidentiality, development, and license agreements, and assisting in negotiation of more general commercial agreements, including procurement and service agreements.
  • Investigating and pursuing opportunities to enforce Whirlpool’s intellectual property and monetize its intellectual property assets
  • Establishing product clearance plans and reviewing and advising on freedom-to-operate risks.
  • Providing intellectual property advice and training to the engineering and business teams.
  • Developing and improving the processes and systems that enable the patent function within the law department to efficiently deliver a sophisticated intellectual property strategy.
  • Provide thought leadership in advancing Whirlpool’s business strategy through intellectual property.
  • Organize and lead strategic legal projects, including building relationships and inspiring cross-functional collaboration.
  • Design and implement efficient and effective processes for meeting the business’s need for legal strategies and support.
  • Recognize and cut to the core of legal issues and then provide a practical, business-oriented approach to problem solving.
  • Be relied upon to effectively and independently manage major projects. Communicate clearly and concisely with technical and non-technical audiences, both in writing and verbally.

Minimum requirements:

  • JD from an accredited law school, with strong academic credentials and Bar Admission.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a technical field.
  • Approximately 5-10 years of legal experience as an attorney.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage a large volume of concurrent projects.
  • Strong analytical, organization, communication, and project management skills.

Preferred skills and experiences:

  • Admission to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Experience in patent or trade secret litigation, IP transactions, patent monetization, and global patent portfolio management.

Experience Level: Senior
Work From: Onsite

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