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IP Specialist/Contracts Attorney

Department: Legal
Region: Midwest (US)

One of the Madison area’s most creative, high-profile companies, ETC, a global leader in visual environment technologies, currently has an opening for an IP Specialist/Contracts Attorney.

Are you able to prioritize responsibilities while multi-tasking?
Do you have a keen eye for the details and enjoy digging into problems?
Do you crave organization? A place for everything and everything in its place?
Do you pride yourself on your excellent communication and negotiation skills?
Do you enjoy a casual work environment that has a dress code policy to match?
Do you like to have fun while making money?

If you answered yes, come join our company which offers a refreshing work environment, great benefits, and a close knit family of the best coworkers around!

Representative Responsibilities:
 • Maintain, protect and enforce the organization’s intellectual property portfolio by:
   • Drafting, negotiating, interpreting and advising the organization on IP related agreements;
   • Advising and counseling the organization on various IP matters including patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights;
   • Drafting freedom to operate opinions and/or invalidity/non-infringement opinions.
   • Conducting trademark clearance searches
   • Assist with development of intellectual property strategies
 • Assists with general legal responsibilities of the organization:
   • Drafting, reviewing, negotiating and administering contracts, licenses, leases and other agreements
   • Work with external legal resources as needed
   • Research, anticipate and guard the organization against legal risks
   • Analyzing intellectual property aspects of potential acquisitions
 • Reviewing and negotiating contracts for all other departments and affiliate companies with vendors, partners, and other external entities
 • Perform other similar or related duties as requested or assigned
 • Complete special projects and requests in a timely and positive fashion
 • Ability to travel when necessary

Minimum Qualifications:
 • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering
 • Law degree and current Wisconsin bar membership
 • Admission to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office
 • 2-5 years prior IP legal experience either in house or at a law firm. 
 • Experience with patent prosecution phases, drafting claims charts, freedom to operate, invalidity and non-infringement opinions is preferred.
 • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, ability to get along with diverse personalities 
 • Ability to establish credibility and be decisive, but able to recognize and positively support the organization’s preferences and priorities
 • Superior organizational, research, problem-solving and negotiating skills.
 • Strong attention to detail
 • Computer skills required (contract management software, Excel, Word, Internet Explorer, Windows)
 • Ability to work under pressure and in a fast paced setting on a variety of issues

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