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Director, IP Counsel

$0 - 0/ year
Posted Jan 26
Full Time
RemoteCharlotte, North Carolina

Each of Collins Aerospace’s six strategic business units (SBUs) focus on a particular suite of aerospace technologies that span a range of commercial and military aerospace systems, including avionics solutions, aircraft & engine sensors, fire protection systems, space systems, landing systems, and many others as well as airport solutions.  Each represents a multinational client base and a diverse mix of business models. In addition to our SBUs, Collins also has key central functions to help ensure successful operations for our customers, employees, leaders, and shareholders.

This position requires a leading IP expert that is forward thinking, drives to create new and innovative solutions, makes sound decisions, sets and implements short and long-term strategies, communicates effectively with top leadership, and excels in solving exceptionally highly complex problems.  With this skill set, the career possibilities are numerous within Collins and the other Raytheon Technologies companies.  

This position provides flexibility for a fully remote working arrangement.  Proximity to a Collins’ facility is a plus.

Primary Responsibilities : 

  • Driving IP engagement within the business

  • Providing effective, concise and timely advice to senior management, general legal counsel, engineers and commercial colleagues on IP matters, particularly in the areas of patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright law, and related disputes.

  • Negotiating and advising management and colleagues on various IP agreements and IP aspects of broader agreements with customers, suppliers and partners.  

  • Collaborate with clients to develop and implement IP strategies for key enterprises, products and technologies aligned with business objectives.  Active engagement on IP issues throughout product development processes.

  • Interacting with engineers and supervising outside counsel with regards to identifying protectable inventions, assessing invention disclosures, preparing, and prosecuting patent applications, and protecting trade secrets.

  • Monitoring and assessing third party patents and applications, particularly with regards to questions of infringement risk and/or validity, with goal of addressing legal risks before products are brought to market.

  • Working with engineers to monitor competitor products and advising as to whether competitors infringe Collins Aerospace patents.  Advising Senior Management as to potential infringement issues and overseeing litigation as required.

  • Learning and implementing current IP department tools and policies, and working willingly with members of IP department with the goal of continuous improvement of department processes.

  • Reviewing and clearing IP-related content for publication. 

  • Conducting IP due diligence with regards to M&A matters in technical areas of responsibility.

  • Striving to independently resolve issues arising in area of responsibility but consulting with peers, the Chief IP Counsel and the General Counsel when appropriate.

  • Must be willing and able to travel 10% of the time

Basic Qualifications:

  • Typically requires a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) unless prohibited by local laws/regulations and minimum 14 years prior relevant experience or an Advanced Degree in a related field and minimum 12 years of experience or in absence of a degree, 18 years of relevant experience 

  • Must have a Juris doctor degree

  • 7 plus years of IP legal experience

  • Admitted to the Bar of one or more US States

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Aerospace (e.g., as an engineer, in-house attorney, or patent prosecutor) 

  • Law firm and in-house IP legal experience

  • Patents: preparation & prosecution; transactions, and litigation  

  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

  • US government contracts intellectual property

  • Engineering experience is beneficial

Collins Aerospace, an RTX company, is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio, and expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. 


This role is also eligible for the Re-Empower Program. The Re-Empower Program helps support talented and committed professionals as they rebuild their capabilities, enhance leadership skills, and continue their professional journey. Over the course of the 14-week program, experienced professionals will gain paid, on-the-job experience, have an opportunity to participate in sessions with leadership, develop personalized plans for success and receive coaching to guide their return-to-work experience. Upon completion of the program, based on performance and contributions participants will be eligible for a career at RTX.

Minimum Program Qualifications

To qualify for the Raytheon Technologies, Re-Empower Program, candidates should: • Be on a career break of one or more year at time of application • Have prior experience in functional area of interest • Have interest in returning in either a full-time or part-time position

Diversity drives innovation; inclusion drives success. We believe a multitude of approaches and ideas enable us to deliver the best results for our workforce, workplace, and customers. We are committed to fostering a culture where all employees can share their passions and ideas so we can tackle the toughest challenges in our industry and pave new paths to limitless possibility.  


* Please consider the following role type definitions as you apply for this role. 

Remote: Employees who are working in Remote roles* will work primarily offsite (from home).  An employee may be expected to travel to the site location as needed.  

*This position is remote; however, if you live within a reasonable commute of a Collins site with other colleagues you interact with, your manager will discuss whether there is a degree of onsite presence associated with this role. 

Regardless of your role type, collaboration and innovation are critical to our business and all employees will have access to digital tools so they can work with colleagues around the world – and access to Collins sites when their work requires in-person meetings. 

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:   

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance  

  • Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees  

  • Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution, including a Lifetime Income Strategy option  

  • Tuition reimbursement program 

  • Student Loan Repayment Program  

  • Life insurance and disability coverage  

  • Optional coverages you can buy: pet insurance, home and auto insurance, additional life and accident insurance, critical illness insurance, group legal, ID theft protection 

  • Birth, adoption, parental leave benefits 

  • Ovia Health, fertility, and family planning  

  • Adoption Assistance           

  • Autism Benefit  

  • Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 10 free counseling sessions  

  • Healthy You Incentives, wellness rewards program 

  • Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits  

  • Bright Horizons, child and elder care services 

  • Teladoc Medical Experts, second opinion program  

  •  And more!  

At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form – with our customers and with each other -- propel us all higher, again and again.  

Apply now and be part of the team that’s redefining aerospace, every day.  

The salary range for this role is 171,000 USD - 343,000 USD. The salary range provided is a good faith estimate representative of all experience levels. RTX considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role, function and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, location, education/training, and key skills.

Hired applicants may be eligible for benefits, including but not limited to, medical, dental, vision, life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, 401(k) match, flexible spending accounts, flexible work schedules, employee assistance program, Employee Scholar Program, parental leave, paid time off, and holidays. Specific benefits are dependent upon the specific business unit as well as whether or not the position is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement.

Hired applicants may be eligible for annual short-term and/or long-term incentive compensation programs depending on the level of the position and whether or not it is covered by a collective-bargaining agreement. Payments under these annual programs are not guaranteed and are dependent upon a variety of factors including, but not limited to, individual performance, business unit performance, and/or the company’s performance.

This role is a U.S.-based role. If the successful candidate resides in a U.S. territory, the appropriate pay structure and benefits will apply.

RTX anticipates the application window closing approximately 40 days from the date the notice was posted. However, factors such as candidate flow and business necessity may require RTX to shorten or extend the application window.

RTX is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.