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United States of America
North Carolina
Monday, June 6, 2022
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* Morrisville - North Carolina - United States of America

Why Work at Lenovo

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Description and Requirements

Lenovo’s legal department is looking for a talented, highly motivated and dynamic SEP Portfolio Manager based in the US, to manage Lenovo’s global SEP patent portfolio. The candidate should have experience in managing and improving the processes of patent drafting, filing, and prosecution for a global patent portfolio. The candidate should possess deep telecommunications/cellular technical knowledge including experience drafting claims that cover cellular standards. The candidate should have excellent written and verbal communication skills and a familiarity with working with different cultures across different time zones. The candidate will need to work effectively with our technical business leadership, the global SEP patent team, the larger Lenovo IP legal team, and outside counsel to provide patent portfolio services effectively and efficiently to benefit our Lenovo business units.

Job Responsibilities (Essential functions and duties): 

  • Manage a global SEP patent portfolio including interacting with engineering management and inventor team in China to better harvest patentable innovations
  • Manage/review global outside counsel to draft and file new PCT and national patent applications and prosecute our pending global patent applications
  • Manage/produce SEP claim charts using knowledge of SEP technical specifications
  • Provide inventor training and education about patent law and Lenovo internal processes
  • Review portfolio to track current spend for new filings, prosecution and annuity payments
  • Support, as appropriate, patent licensing, litigation, and complex business transactions by providing patent portfolio analysis, due diligence, infringement and invalidity analysis, and claim charting. 

Required Qualifications and Experiences

  • Bachelor’s Degree in science and technology (preferably majoring in Communications, Electrical, or Computer Engineering)
  • US Patent Bar
  • 5+ years of experience with patent preparation, and prosecution, management, preferably in a patent department of a global technology company or an international patent law firm
  • Independently manage high complexity tasks in patent related matters to assist Lenovo business groups
  • In depth understanding of telecommunications technology. Possess strong analytical skills and fundamental grasp of both legal and wireless communications concepts in the areas of, for example: PHY, MAC, and/or higher protocol layers (e.g., Layer 2/3) areas especially in LTE, CDMA, OFDM, WiFi, or WiMAX
  • In depth understanding of PCT/WIPO, US, and China patent law, filing and prosecution strategies
  • Deep knowledge of rules and practices of patenting software and cellular standards worldwide

Preferred Experiences

  • Fluency in Mandarin (Candidate should be able to communicate effectively with Chinese inventors)
  • 2+ years of experience as an engineer for a telecommunications company
  • In depth understanding of audio and/or video codec technologies and standards
  • Experience in Patent Claim Charting
  • Inbound/outbound licensing experience
  • Intense commitment to high moral standards and business ethics
  • Top notch communication and teambuilding skills
  • Strong organizational and operational skills
  • Personable collaborator who can work successfully and build relationships with internal stakeholders and external parties to achieve business goals
  • Strong ability to identify challenges and develop and adapt to changes to achieve business and corporate goals
  • Strategic thinker with a broad perspective, and an analytical thinker with enough creativity to synthesize new and automated processes and solutions to old problems.

**We are open to this role being remote for someone in the United States**
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any federal, state, or local protected class.

Lenovo adopted a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for US-based employees. As a condition of employment, employees must adhere to Lenovo’s US Vaccination Policy and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to any applicable accommodations. To be fully vaccinated means individuals must receive the full series of a vaccine either approved by the FDA or WHO and listed by the CDC (e.g. two dose of the Moderna, AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines; or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). This applies to all US-based employees, contractors and interns, regardless of work location. As a condition of employment, you must provide proof that you are fully vaccinated or follow Lenovo’s accommodation process.

* Morrisville - North Carolina - United States of America