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Lead Patent Counsel or Agent

GE HealthCare
Posted Mar 06
Full Time
Waukesha, Wisconsin

Job Description Summary

The Lead Patent Counsel or Agent will be responsible for supporting and, where appropriate, driving the global IP strategy for certain GE HealthCare's (GEHC’s) businesses. Reporting to a more senior GEHC IP Counsel, this role will provide an opportunity to work with a cross-functional team on specific aspects of IP strategy across certain GEHC businesses including general IP counseling, invention generation through patent filing, prosecution, maintenance as well as licensing and enforcement.

GE HealthCare is a leading global medical technology and digital solutions innovator. Our mission is to improve lives in the moments that matter. Unlock your ambition, turn ideas into world-changing realities, and join an organization where every voice makes a difference, and every difference builds a healthier world.

Job Description

Roles and Responsibilities:


  • Work closely with product development teams to ensure that sufficient invention disclosures are generated.
  • Ensure that patent filings are of high quality on commercially significant inventions by working with R&D, business managers and marketing.
  • Prepare high quality patent applications, efficiently advance prosecution of pending patent applications, and manage the global patent portfolio to ensure that meaningful protection is obtained.
  • Work closely with product development teams to develop IP strategies using various types of IP to develop meaningful IP assets.
  • Provide deep patent analysis expertise to support business development, licensing, and freedom to practice analyses.
  • Provide leadership and legal advice as a member of multi-functional teams.
  • Uses a range of tools and data sources to understand the internal and external IP environment.
  • Develop and conduct auditing procedures for compliance with open-source guidelines and protection of trade secrets, including creation and delivery of related training materials.
  • Collaborate with regional legal colleagues and subject matter experts to advise the business on complex IP/legal issues that arise out of GE HealthCare’s global operations.

Required Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, computer science, physics or equivalent, from an accredited university or college with a medical device/imaging or artificial intelligence technology background.
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as an attorney or agent.
  • At least 3 years of experience as a practicing patent attorney or agent.
  • Well organized, detail oriented, and a team player capable of working in a deadline dictated environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Capable of devising innovative IP strategies.

Desired Characteristics


  • Juris Doctorate degree (or global equivalent) and member in good standing of the bar of any state.
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations, practices and procedures relating to patent procurement and/or IP licensing in the U.S., Europe and Asia.
  • Commitment to continuous improvement and some familiarity with Lean principles, methods, tools and techniques.
  • Experience prioritizing competing demands to make real time decisions/recommendations in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly identify & prioritize issues, develop process-driven solutions, and effectively communicate with a wide range of people.
  • Previous experience related to handling IP-related issues arising in software and/or technology transactions, IP litigation, M&A transactions, or IP monetization activities.
  • Prior experience as a member of the technology, sales and marketing, or legal functions in a corporate environment.

We expect all employees to live and breathe our behaviors: to act with humility and build trust; lead with transparency; deliver with focus, and drive ownership –always with unyielding integrity.

Our total rewards are designed to unlock your ambition by giving you the boost and flexibility you need to turn your ideas into world-changing realities. Our salary and benefits are everything you’d expect from an organization with global strength and scale, and you’ll be surrounded by career opportunities in a culture that fosters care, collaboration and support.

_This role is restricted to U.S. persons (i.e., U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)) due to access to export-controlled technology. GE HealthCare will require proof of status prior to employment.

_ Additional Information

GE HealthCare offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE HealthCare is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

GE HealthCare will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a drug screen (as applicable).

While GE HealthCare does not currently require U.S. employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19, some GE HealthCare customers have vaccination mandates that may apply to certain GE HealthCare employees.

Relocation Assistance Provided: Yes

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