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Lead Counsel - Patent Attorney

Apply Location Atlanta, Georgia Additional Locations: Miami,Florida Requisition Number R-84982

What is a Lead Counsel – Patent Attorney?

The Lead Counsel will report into the VP, Managing Attorney – IP & Business Strategy and serve as an advisor; providing legal, strategic services and advice to Assurant in the areas of Intellectual Property, with an emphasis on patents. 

Why You Should Consider This Role

  • You are authentic and love fostering relationships in changing landscapes.
  • You value the autonomy to use common sense and good judgment to make decisions.
  • You treat others with dignity and respect and consider the benefits and risks to employees and the business when addressing issues.
  • You are comfortable dealing with conflict and providing specific feedback.
  • You are efficient when it comes to prosecuting patent applications across a variety of technology areas.
  • You go above and beyond in your role as a leader because you want to, not because you have to.
  • You are a change agent.

What You Will Like

  • The people – we care.
  • The diversity - every day is different.
  • The excitement – we focus on ‘What Matters Most’ to our customers.
  • The difference in the value Assurant places on strong leadership.
  • The opportunity to learn, grow and advance within our fortune 500 global company.
  • Competitive salary.

The Details  

  • Oversee and manage intellectual property portfolio.  Provide strategic advice and counsel to business stakeholders across the enterprise regarding intellectual property.

  • Assist in developing and refining Assurant’s enterprise-wide patent strategy.

  • Engage business stakeholders to identify patentable inventions, including leading patent harvesting and disclosure sessions.

  • Assist in preparing and prosecuting patent applications, mostly in the field of software applications.

  • Provide training and education in the field of intellectual property creation, protection, and enforcement. 

  • Provide advice and counsel on purchasing and licensing of intellectual property assets and litigation.

  • Draft, review, and negotiate intellectual property terms in commercial and property agreements, including confidentiality, licensing, escrow, development or joint-development, and university agreements.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions-Draft and review due diligence while providing intellectual property analysis and counsel.  Draft intellectual property deal terms.  Advise company on transition and post-close activities.

  • Management & Training - Manage, mentor, and train junior attorneys and paralegals.  Review and oversee attorney and paralegal work product.

What You Should Know About Us

  • Assurant, Inc. helps people protect what matters most to them.
  • We have been around for a while with our roots tracing back to 1892.
  • We are a Fortune 300 company employing approximately 15,000 people in 21 countries.
  • We provide specialty protection products and related services to safeguard against risks.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have

  • Undergraduate degree.
  • Juris Doctorate Degree from an accredited law school.
  • Member of US Bar in good standing.
  • USPTO registered patent attorney (is a plus).
  • 6 years of legal experience with a law firm or corporation, or combination of the both, working on major transactional-based insurance matters.
  • Experience with patent evaluation, preparation, and prosecution, IP strategy development, and M&A analysis with a focus on software patents;
  • Experience drafting and negotiating intellectual property agreements and clauses.
  • Effective communication skills verbal and writing skills.
  • Up to 10% travel required.

We offer comprehensive benefits to full time employees including medical, dental, STD, LTD, life insurance, 401(k), pension, generous paid time off and much more. 

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Note: Work remotely temporarily due to COVID-19.

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