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This role in summary
This position will be responsible for providing legal counsel and services on matters involving innovation Intellectual Property (IP), including patents, trade secrets, trade dress and copyrights. This position reports through the law department and supports Whirlpool's global product organization, including its advanced development and product engineering groups.
In this position you will have the opportunity to lead Whirlpool on creating and executing Innovation IP strategies for product categories, projects and future technology.
A Patent Counsel is expected to bring both leadership and expertise to the area of patents and product leadership both to internal clients and to the law department as a whole. Specifically, you will be able to ensure Whirlpool's unique and compelling innovations are a core driver of Whirlpool's success in product leadership and improving life at home.
Your responsibilities will include
Developing and executing patent strategies related to assigned Whirlpool innovation and technology areas.
Supporting various innovation generation activities such as invention workshops and innovation challenges to target development of strategic innovation intellectual property
Reviewing invention submissions and advising on patentability issues and arranging for the filing and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications.
Establishing product clearance plans and reviewing and advising on patent infringement risks.
.Providing intellectual property advice and training to clients.
Drafting and assisting in the negotiation and administration of intellectual property related contracts, including confidentiality, development and license agreements, as well as assisting in negotiation of more general commercial agreements, including procurement and various service agreements, and ability to train others in these roles.
Investigating and pursuing patent infringement and enforcement opportunities, including patent litigation.
Leadership of special IP projects.
Consistently exhibiting strong expertise in intellectual property issues relevant to our business.
Driving continuous improvement in assigned areas, using process/project methodology.
A Patent Counsel at Whirlpool should additionally be able to:
Provide thought leadership in the ways to advance Whirlpool's business strategy as well as protecting the company in the area of patents.
Lead various strategic legal projects.
Be highly productive with the ability to 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
Be seen as having expertise where their bearing and demeanor instills confidence and trust in peers and clients and creates a demand for continued and additional advice.
Provide strong communication, including upwards, downwards and across.
JD from an accredited law school, Bar Admission, and admission to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
2+ years of legal experience as an attorney.
Preferred skills and experiences
Technical Bachelor's degree such as electrical or mechanical engineering
Experience in patent preparation, prosecution, IP transactions (e.g., development and licensing agreements), product clearance, and patent litigation is highly desirable.
Ability to prioritize and manage a large volume of concurrent projects.
Strong analytical, research, organization and management skills.
Exceptional interpersonal and communication (both written and oral) skills.
Demonstrated ability to achieve results as a leader or member of a cross functional team
Ability to provide strong strategic thought to Whirlpool's patent processes.
Employees in this role can work a hybrid schedule of three core days in office and two days remote. This enables employees to come together to collaborate in-person and gives employees the added flexibility to work remotely.
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