Northrop Grumman has exclusively engaged Major, Lindsey & Africa to conduct the search for a Corporate Counsel – Intellectual Property at Northrop Grumman Corporation (”Northrop”) in the Washington, DC metro area. Northrop is an equal opportunity employer. Please do not contact the Company directly.
Company Overview: Northrop Grumman solves the toughest problems in space, aeronautics, defense and cyberspace to meet the ever-evolving needs of its customers worldwide. Its 90,000 employees define possible every day using science, technology and engineering to create and deliver advanced systems, products, and services.
Position Overview: Northrop’s Office of the General Counsel is currently seeking a Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property (IP) who will be responsible for providing expert legal support to one or more of the Company’s business sectors in the DC metropolitan area.
Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
Collaborating with and advising law department colleagues, business partners, and management on a wide range of complex IP issues
Applying expertise in government contract IP matters, commercial transactions, IP licensing, managing patent and trademark portfolios, and managing IP enforcement actions, including managing outside counsel
Leading development and implementation of IP strategy in priority areas
Develop understanding of Company and Sector’s business and technology strategies, with deeper knowledge in key technology areas
Location: Washington, DC metro area
Juris Doctor degree and Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific field.
Active state bar membership and registration to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
7+ years IP experience in a law firm or as in-house counsel.
Experience in intellectual property-related transactions and negotiations, and/or protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights including patents, trade secrets, data, software, trademarks, and copyrights.
Highly-motivated individual with strong analytical skills, strategic thinking, judgment, sense of accountability, integrity and a record of managing complex intellectual property matters.
Ability to provide accurate, timely, and pragmatic advice.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work in a collaborative and inclusive environment, with the ability to engage and motivate others through thought leadership.
Strong time-management and organizational skills, responsiveness, and a demonstrated ability to balance multiple competing priorities.
Active U.S. Security Clearance or ability to obtain one.
Significant experience with U.S. government contract intellectual property regulations (FAR and DFARS) and complex issues relating to technical data and computer software
Experience with international intellectual property issues and transactions
Experience developing and managing global intellectual property portfolios
Ability to work collaboratively and partner effectively with business leaders, technologists, and other members of the law department in a global enterprise.
Desire to work in a collaborative and team-oriented environment, with the ability to motivate others through thought leadership.
Strong organizational skills and a demonstrated ability to balance multiple, competing priorities.
Compensation: Competitive base and bonus.
Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.
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