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Senior Corporate Counsel - IP

Microchip Technology Inc.
Posted Apr 09
Full Time
Chandler, Arizona

Are you looking for a unique opportunity to be a part of something great? Want to join a 20,000-member team that works on the technology that powers the world around us? Looking for an atmosphere of trust, empowerment, respect, diversity, and communication? How about an opportunity to own a piece of a multi-billion dollar (with a B!) global organization? We offer all that and more at Microchip Technology, Inc.

People come to work at Microchip because we help design the technology that runs the world. They stay because our culture supports their growth and stability. They are challenged and driven by an incredible array of products and solutions with unlimited career potential. Microchip’s nationally-recognized Leadership Passage Programs support career growth where we proudly enroll over a thousand people annually. We take pride in our commitment to employee development, values-based decision making, and strong sense of community, driven by our Vision, Mission, and 11 Guiding Values; we affectionately refer to it as the Aggregate System and it’s won us countless awards for diversity and workplace excellence.

Our company is built by dedicated team players who love to challenge the status quo; we did not achieve record revenue and over 30 years of quarterly profitability without a great team dedicated to empowering innovation. People like you.

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Job Description

Microchip Technology Incorporated (“Microchip”) is seeking an experienced attorney for its Sr. Corporate Counsel – IP position, which will support all aspects of managing, improving and growing Microchip’s worldwide patent portfolio. The successful candidate will be responsible for formulating and actively driving process improvements and strategies for Microchip’s worldwide patent portfolio. In this role, you will coordinate extensively with in-house and outside paralegals and attorneys, internal business and functional partners, and Microchip engineers to advance Microchip’s patent portfolio goals. This position requires business acumen, exceptional verbal and written communication skills, and sound business judgment.

Microchip Technology Incorporated is a leading provider of smart, connected and secure embedded control solutions. Its easy-to-use development tools and comprehensive product portfolio enable customers to create optimal designs, which reduce risk while lowering total system cost and time to market. The company's solutions serve more than 120,000 customers across the industrial, automotive, consumer, aerospace and defense, communications and computing markets. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information about Microchip, its products and technology, please visit


Key Responsibilities:

The Sr. Corporate Counsel - IP Position Reports To Microchip’s Director & Assistant General Counsel – IP & Litigation. In This Position, The Successful Candidate Will

  • Coordinate with and direct efforts of outside counsel regarding prosecution of Microchip’s worldwide patent applications, including review of applications and responses to office actions;
  • Develop and recommend improvements to Microchip’s existing patent prosecution process;
  • Harvest invention submissions from business units and provide IP training;
  • Evaluate invention submissions to determine whether they merit a patent application;
  • Develop strategic initiatives to target high value innovations relevant to Microchip’s business units and corporate strategy;
  • Maintain and update Microchip’s Patent Prosecution Guidelines, and coordinate with outside counsel on same;
  • Manage and improve outside counsel patent prosecution fees without reducing quality of patents;
  • Analyze patent portfolio, identify valuable patent assets, prepare evidence of use, and otherwise support patent monetization efforts;
  • Provide support to patent litigation function when necessary; and
  • Assist in other substantive legal areas and work with other attorneys and staff as needed.

Job Requirements

The successful candidate will:

  • Possess in-depth knowledge of US and worldwide patent and intellectual property laws;
  • Be in good standing and licensed to practice law in a state in the U.S. and at the USPTO;
  • Possess a J.D. from ABA Accredited Law School with excellent academic credentials;
  • Have a B.S. or M.S. in Electrical Engineering or other relevant science degree with excellent academic credentials;
  • Have at least 10 years of experience in patent prosecution (combination of in-house and firm experience preferred);
  • Experience with relevant technologies to Microchip products (semiconductor experience preferred); and
  • Work well in a collaborative team environment.

Computer Skills

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products, including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel;
  • Experience with patent analysis and database software; and
  • Experience with legal invoice software.

Travel Time

0% - 25%

Physical Attributes

Carrying, Feeling, Handling, Hearing, Seeing, Talking, Works Alone, Works Around Others

Physical Requirements

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Microchip Technology Inc is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

For more information on applicable equal employment regulations, please refer to the EEO is the Law Poster and the EEO is the Law Poster Supplement. Please also refer to the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

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