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Avery Dennison IP Counsel in Mentor, Ohio

Company Description

Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science and manufacturing company specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of labeling and functional materials. The company’s products, which are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other bonding solutions for industrial, medical and retail applications; tags, labels and embellishments for apparel; and radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions serving retail apparel and other markets. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company employs approximately 30,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Reported sales in 2017 were $6.6 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.

Job Description

The IP Counsel will provide the full spectrum of intellectual property legal services to the Retail Branding Information Solutions (RBIS) businesses of Avery Dennison. The RBIS group is organized in three businesses namely Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Printer Systems and Apparel Solutions.

The services to be provided include

  • Client counseling; drafting technology development and licensing contracts; trade secret protection, and patent and trademark protection, surveillance, enforcement and litigation

  • Drafting patent applications and responses to office actions , liaising with inventors, internal IP lawyers, agents, staff, and foreign counsel to obtain the information needed to prepare and successfully prosecute patent applications.

  • Contributing to the global IP strategy that targets growth in key market segments and accelerates new product innovations

  • Conducting patent novelty, validity and right to market studies, patent and information searches, and analyzing and summarizing search results.

The IP counsel is a member of Avery Dennison’s global law department ultimately reporting to the GC. The IP counsel reports directly to the Senior Group IP Counsel. The position is based in Mentor, Ohio.

Candidate Profile

Candidates for the role of IP Counsel will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Integrity

  • Has a strong work ethic, acts with integrity and honesty and demands high

professional standards of self and others

  • Excellence

  • Sets extremely high self expectations, demonstrates consistent sense of urgency, is proactive and highly responsive, prefers fast paced dynamic environment

  • Ability to drive successful outcomes in complex legal issues and lead in getting a work product completed on time as evidenced by a track record of high quality work product, exceptional client satisfaction, productivity and timely delivery

  • Possesses excellent project management discipline, coupled with a personal inclination to drill into details and take action

  • Teamwork

  • Able to demonstrate exceptional engagement with colleagues in the law department and global client teams

  • Above average communication and interpersonal skills, able to masterfully collaborate with colleagues and stakeholders from a variety of cultures and build relationships at a distance

  • Courage

  • Superior understanding of, and ability to take and manage risk


Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering, or science background e.g. biology, chemistry, computer science or physics

  • J.D. and a member of the bar in at least one state with 2+ years patent law experience including IP related transactions, patent drafting and prosecution

  • Strong business acumen, and ability to connect the law and legal strategies to business goals in a way that guides clients to successful outcomes

  • Proven experience with IP transactions, trademarks and copyrights

Strongly preferred

  • Registration with the USPTO

  • Strong working knowledge of and experience with PCT, European patent practice, and other foreign patent practice

  • Prior professional success working in matrix organizations with global footprint

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled

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