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Intellectual Property Counsel

USAFull-Time$200K - $235K
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As the Information Company, our mission at OpenText is to create software solutions and deliver services that redefine the future of digital. Be part of a winning team that leads the way in Enterprise Information Management. 



The Opportunity

The Lead Intellectual Property Counsel will report directly to OpenText’s VP of Intellectual Property. This role will partner closely with the OpenText Engineering, Product, Marketing and Operations teams to focus on developing and driving the legal strategy for OpenText’s IP portfolio, including patent, trademark, and copyright, as well issues around IP licensing, M&A, open source, litigation, technology licensing and more.


You will provide pragmatic and business-minded legal support on IP matters to stakeholders at all levels of the company, while contributing to the planning and implementation of operational processes, platforms, and tools to scale our organization and IP portfolio as we expand globally.



Who You Are

  • A lawyer who is energized by operationalizing and executing, who has a strong capacity for running independently and empowering others
  • Exceptional patent and IP-focused lawyer; comfortable independently handling challenging and complex IP-related tasks and issues
  • Team-first collaborator with a strong work ethic
  • Comfortable in high-growth and rapidly changing environments; able to perform under pressure and with fluidity as the company grows quickly 
  • Clear communicator who can simplify, organize, and deliver information and advice in a way that businesspeople can understand and act upon
  • Strategic thinker with strong organizational skills and desire to make legal and IP-related processes more efficient
  • Collaborator in a global company while prioritizing competing tasks


What You Will Do

  • Engage in invention harvesting and patent prosecution, while ensuring strategic alignment of the portfolio
  • Manage prosecution of patent applications and other key filing obligations with the USPTO and other global institutions
  • Align OpenText’s global trademark portfolio with business needs, including enforcement as needed
  • Guide OpenText engineering and business teams through copyright and patent litigation issues
  • Prepare witnesses for depositions
  • Prepare and deliver training on all aspects of IP
  • Provide support to legal team colleagues on IP-related agreements, including working on partnerships/licensing opportunities and IP due diligence for corporate financing, M&A, and development as needed
  • Provide guidance on open-source compliance and licensing processes


What It Takes

  • At least 5 years of IP-focused legal experience, including leading IP strategy and litigation in a global law firm and/or technology company
  • Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering/science
  • Juris Doctor degree and member in good standing of at least one U.S. state bar
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Experience in the software industry, with machine learning and AI experience preferred
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • The confidence and ability to interact with senior executives, clients, and co-workers in a professional, collaborative, and positive manner
  • Not afraid to “roll up your sleeves” and work with details as well as the big picture
  • Demonstrated ability and strong experience with strategizing, overseeing, and managing patent preparation and prosecution of digital and software-enabled technologies
  • Experience with negotiating technology agreements, including licenses and IP provisions



Work Location: This is a remote position and the work arrangement is Virtual, US

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