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Associate Counsel, Patent

Philadelphia, PA
Other (Telecommunications)

Job Description

Business Unit:

Job Summary:

Responsible for providing legal support and guidance for: all aspects of patent application preparation and prosecution; patent-related issues in business and technology agreements; and patent-related issues arising in transactions, general business activities and operations.

Core Responsibilities:

- Assist in managing all aspects of patent application preparation and prosecution practice for a large portfolio of domestic and foreign matters.

- Capture and evaluate ideas and inventions with a strategic outlook.

- Supervise and manage outside patent prosecution counsel, and provide substantive review and guidance for all patent prosecution matters.

- Draft, review, and negotiate a wide range of intellectual property-related matters in commercial agreements such as license and distribution agreements, product development agreements, and joint venture agreements.

- Counsel business leaders and engineers on intellectual property-related issues arising in strategic business/development partnerships, technology and e-commerce agreements, and matters related to a wide range of product offerings and technology platforms.

Additional Responsibilities and General Duties within Comcast Law Department:

- Provide legal counsel in a particular subject area of expertise to business units.

- Dispense legal knowledge and expertise impacting business operations. Work closely with front line management and staff.

- Perform legal research when and as necessary to resolve legal issues and determine the appropriate course of action regarding a particular issue/case. Consult with and supervise outside counsel to develop legal strategies and resolve issues in routine matters.

- Perform duties consistent with strategic plans and directives as determined by more senior level management and attorneys.

- Consistently exercise sound and independent judgment and discretion in all matters.

- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:

- Law Degree. Top 20% of class preferred.

- Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

- Member of a state bar in good standing, and eligible for Pennsylvania Bar or Pennsylvania Limited In-House Corporate Counsel License.

- Minimum 2-4 years of related patent preparation and prosecution experience in technology areas such as wireless technologies (e.g., cellular, Wi-Fi), data processing and delivery, video processing and distribution, Internet of Things (IoT) and automation, and related technologies.

- Experience is preferably with a recognized law firm and/or corporate legal department.

- Experience in patent litigation and preparation of patent-related opinions is a plus.

- Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills for personal interaction with engineers, business leaders, and other attorneys.

- Demonstrated ability to formulate creative solutions to accomplish the company's objectives.

- Excellent drafting, negotiating, problem solving, and communications skills.

- Ability to work effectively with senior management and operations personnel, simultaneously manage multiple projects and meet deadlines with consistently high quality work.

- Familiarity with the following would be a plus: technology licensing (including open source software); broadband business and technology (video and content distribution, high speed Internet, VOD, DVRs, HDTV, and IPTV); digital media technologies; and user device applications.

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