General Electric Senior IP Counsel - Europe m/f GE Aviation in Turin, Italy
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As the Senior Counsel – IP (Intellectual Property) Europe for GE Aviation you will lead projects & initiatives with a broad scope & a high impact to the business. As a recognized specialist in European
IP law you will have a strong impact especially concerning enforcement and defense of patent and
trade secret rights.
In this position you will be the Legal Business Partner and IP specialist to define, manage & complete complex assignments that further the IP goals & objectives of the GE Aviation business all across Europe, including its new Additive Manufacturing business.
In fulfilling these responsibilities, you will:
Provide strategic guidance on the growth of patent portfolios that strengthen the business’ competitive position in key markets;
Work to secure freedom-to-practice for future technology and product roadmaps of the business;
Provide counsel to the business on licenses, collaboration agreements and other third party transactions impacting the protection, acquisition, transfer or other disposition of IP rights;
Lead investigations into encroachments of Aviation’s IP rights and counsel on potential enforcement actions;
Counsel the business on evolving developments in global IP law, recommending policy/process changes as needed to achieve business goals and efficiencies;
Support the finalization of research agreements with Universities and partnership on funded research activities.
Juris Doctorate from accredited law school;
Qualified in a Member State of the European Union;
Strong and consistent experience in IP litigation practice in a major law firm preferably with a solid practical experience in US IP or patent law;
Active intellectual property litigation experience — depositions, trial, witness preparation, fact investigation, negotiating settlements;
Familiarity with EPO Opposition practice, cross-border litigation, IP transactions;
Demonstrated understanding and command of European patent and trade secret laws and of European Patent Office practices and procedures;
Fluency in English and Italian and/or German
EU Work Permit.
Demonstrated thought leadership, organizational skills and business judgment;
Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills, charisma, decisiveness, poise;
BS or better in a technical field, engineering, mathematics or physics;
Facility with working collaboratively with management and business teams to solve complex IP problems;
Additional experience handling a wide variety of patent and trade secret matters including protection of rights;
Strong written communication skills, especially persuasive writing;
Proven ability to develop process-driven solutions to recurring issues;
Ability to convince and reach agreement in a multicultural environment.
Locations: Italy; Turin