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Intellectual Property Counsel

Posted Mar 14
Full Time
On Site
Santa Clara, California

The Applied Legal and Compliance Organization (LCO) environment offers a fast-paced, challenging, collegial and collaborative environment. Reporting to LCO’s Patent & IP Portfolio Management Group, this role will have the primary responsibility to support product groups, interact with business and technology management, and advising its leadership team on various IP related matters (patents, IP transactions, etc.). Applied is seeking an energetic team player able to provide counsel on a wide variety of IP issues.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Counsel management and technologists of client groups on IP matters involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights, and IP transactions
  • Analyze IP landscapes, perform IP risk assessments and develop IP sustainability strategies
  • Actively develop and manage a global patent portfolio (including patent budget management) to protect key differentiating aspects of Applied’s technologies, including managing outside counsel on patent drafting and prosecution, improving quality, scope and breadth of patent applications & claims, and tracking patent budget and spending
  • Collaborate with Litigation team regarding IP procurement and enforcement strategies
  • Develop programs to protect IP and accomplish business goals including providing training to management and engineering teams
  • Lead and contribute to the development of business processes and policies to better enable achievement of business objectives, mitigate risk, reduce inefficiencies and improve effectiveness

Basic Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate (JD) from accredited law school
  • Bar Admissions: U.S. (CA or other state) and USPTO Registration Numbers
  • B.S. in Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Chemistry or Materials Science
  • 7+ years of legal experience in law firm and/or in-house legal departments with a focus in the following areas:
    • Patent portfolio development and management in the US and foreign jurisdictions, particularly Asia
    • Drafting and negotiation of agreements involving IP provisions, including licensing, collaboration, research and similar agreements
    • Knowledge of IP law in Asian countries, including China, Korea and Taiwan
    • Experience related to IP enforcement and litigation, including claim construction, patent invalidity, infringement and damages preferred
    • Familiar with global patent operations (e.g., patent administrations, billings, docketing practices, etc.) also preferred

Skills and Attributes:

  • Strong intellectual capacity and high personal standards of excellence
  • Strong business and technology acumen; capacity to understand the business and technology quickly
  • Understand how to translate business needs into IP portfolio development & management
  • Passionate, proactive, highly motivated self-starter
  • Ability to work independently on a wide variety of tasks and drive results
  • Ability to prioritize and handle multiple competing tasks/projects at the same time
  • Excellent organizational skills, including attention to detail and ability to create specific action plans based on general guidance and deliver results
  • Ability to see the big picture and identify and design-out problems from the outset; continuous improvement mindset
  • Strong customer focus, both internal and external
  • Ability to work collaboratively across organizational boundaries, and with a diverse group of colleagues and internal clients in multiple countries
  • Ability to lead and ability to perform as part of a team
  • Flexible, personable and enjoys a dynamic corporate culture



Doctorate Degree




Years of Experience:

7 - 10 Years

Work Experience:

Additional Information

Time Type:

Full time

Employee Type:

Assignee / Regular


Yes, 10% of the Time

Relocation Eligible:


U.S. Salary Range:

$188,000.00 - $258,500.00

The salary offered to a selected candidate will be based on multiple factors including location, hire grade, job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and with consideration of internal equity of our current team members. In addition to a comprehensive benefits package, candidates may be eligible for other forms of compensation such as participation in a bonus and a stock award program, as applicable.

For all sales roles, the posted salary range is the Target Total Cash (TTC) range for the role, which is the sum of base salary and target bonus amount at 100% goal achievement.

Applied Materials is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran or military status, or any other basis prohibited by law. 

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