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United States of America
North Carolina
Friday, July 29, 2022
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Additional Locations: 
* Morrisville - North Carolina - United States of America

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Description and Requirements

 Lenovo’s legal department is looking for talented, highly motivated and dynamic Patent Counsel managing Lenovo’s PC business patent portfolio. We are looking for someone who is an outstanding leader and manager of processes and patent portfolios with demonstrated effective communication skills, deep technical skills, and IP strategy experience. You will partner with inventors, technical business leadership, the IP legal team, outside counsel, and vendors to effectively and efficiently provide patent portfolio services for Lenovo PC business units, particularly those in Morrisville, NC, US 

Job Responsibilities (Essential functions and duties): 

  • Manage a global patent portfolio for the PC business including harvest and identify patentable innovations, support patentability evaluation in Patent Review Board (Lenovo internal team) for determining beneficial patents to be filed, manage OC to draft and file patent applications including prosecution, reexamination, invalidation and other patent related professional work in the lifecycle.
  • Manage annuity payments for PC portfolio within budget 
  • Provide inventor training and education
  • Support, as appropriate, patent licensing opportunities, litigations, and complex business transactions with patent portfolio analysis, due diligence, infringement and invalidity analysis, and claim charting and testing. 
  • Manage relationships and communications with outside counsel and vendors.
  • Communicate effectively with business client on patent filing plan, IP strategy, and IP awareness and education

Job Requirements – Knowledge/Skills/Abilities/Competencies (KSAC’s): 

  • Experience in managing global patent portfolio of at least 7+ years, preferably in patent department of a global technology company or an international patent law firm, including brainstorming, harvesting, filing, prosecution, pruning.
  • In-depth understanding of US patent law, filing and prosecution strategies and preferable to have knowledge of global patent laws including EPO, WIPO, and CN
  • Deep knowledge of rules and practices in patenting software worldwide
  • Strong technical skills to partner with business leadership and Patent Review Boards to support PCs and Smart technology.
  • Fulfill independently tasks of high complexity in patent related matters for the business clients and provide patent related counseling
  • In-depth understanding of technology of PC business clients (both hardware and software knowledge and expertise at a system or application level)
  • Excellent communication skills to communicate with business clients and identify patent for protection, improve IP awareness in business clients through education and training 
  • Excellent English language skills, both written and verbal; additional language skills preferred (Mandarin, Japanese).
  • 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 solutions to old problems.

Job Requirements – Prior work experience 

  • 7+ years’ experience in-house or law firm with strong patent portfolio strategy and development experience.

Educational Requirements:

  • JD required
  • Bachelor’s degree in science and technology, preferably majoring in Electronics, Computer or Communication
  • USPTO Patent Bar required

 Travel Requirements:

  • none
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