Associate Director, IP Counsel (Remote) (Charlotte, NC)

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HNC01: UTAS Headquarters (HS) 2730 West Tyvola Road, Charlotte, NC, 28217 USA

This position provides flexibility for a fully-remote or a hybrid (mix of on-site and remote) working arrangement. Accessibility to Charlotte, NC is a plus, since that is where the central organizational functions you initially will support are headquartered.

Each of Collins Aerospace's six strategic business units (SBUs) focuses on a particular suite of aerospace technologies that span a range of commercial and military aerospace systems, including avionics solutions, aircraft & engine sensors, fire protection systems, space systems, intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance, and many others. Each represents a multinational client base and a diverse mix of business models. In addition to supporting aspects of at least one SBU, this position will primarily involve enterprise intellectual property (IP) responsibility for Collins' central functions, which support the SBUs, including Engineering & Technology, Enterprise Operations, Digital Technology, Communications, Finance, and Human Resources and. But the career possibilities are numerous within Collins and the other Raytheon Technologies companies.

Primary responsibility involves a broad mix of protecting Collins' IP, transactional work, and client counseling, including:

  • Driving IP engagement within the business
  • Providing effective, concise and timely advice to senior management, general legal counsel, engineers and commercial colleagues on IP matters, particularly in the areas of patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright law, USG data rights, and related disputes.
  • Negotiating and advising management and colleagues on various IP agreements and IP aspects of broader agreements with customers, suppliers and partners.
  • Collaborate with clients to develop and implement IP strategies for key enterprises, products and technologies aligned with business objectives. Active engagement on IP issues throughout product development processes.
  • Interacting with engineers and supervising outside counsel with regard to identifying protectable inventions, assessing invention disclosures, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, and protecting trade secrets.
  • Monitoring and assessing third party patents and applications, particularly with regard to questions of infringement risk and/or validity, with goal of addressing legal risks before products are brought to market.
  • Working with engineers to monitor competitor products and advising as to whether competitors infringe Collins Aerospace patents. Advising Senior Management as to potential infringement issues and overseeing litigation as required.
  • Learning and implementing current IP department tools and policies, and working willingly with members of IP department with goal of continuous improvement of department processes.
  • Reviewing and clearing IP-related content for publication.
  • Conducting IP due diligence with regard to M&A matters in technical areas of responsibility.
  • Striving to independently resolve issues arising in area of responsibility but consulting with peers, the Chief IP Counsel and the General Counsel when appropriate.

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in electrical, mechanical, aerospace or comparable engineering
  • Juris doctor
  • 5 plus years of IP legal experience
  • Admitted to the Bar of one or more US state

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Aerospace (e.g., as an engineer, in-house attorney, or patent prosecutor)
  • Law firm and in-house IP legal experience
  • Patents: preparation & prosecution; transactions, and litigation
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • US government contracts intellectual property
  • Engineering experience is beneficial
  • 10+% travel may be required

Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies company, is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and expertise to solve customers' toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market.

Collins Aerospace Diversity & Inclusion Statement:

Diversity drives innovation; inclusion drives success. We believe a multitude of approaches and ideas enable us to deliver the best results for our workforce, workplace, and customers. We are committed to fostering a culture where all employees can share their passions and ideas so we can tackle the toughest challenges in our industry and pave new paths to limitless possibility.


* Please consider the following role type definitions as you apply for this role.

Onsite: Employees who are working in Onsite roles will work primarily onsite. This includes all production and maintenance employees, as they are essential to the development of our products.

Hybrid: Employees who are working in Hybrid roles will work regularly both onsite and offsite. Ratio of time working onsite will be determined in partnership with your leader.

Remote: Employees who are working in Remote roles will work primarily offsite (from home). An employee may be expected to travel to the site location as needed.

Regardless of your role type, collaboration and innovation are critical to our business and all employees will have access to digital tools so they can work with colleagues around the world - and access to Collins sites when their work requires in-person meetings.

Some of our competitive benefits package includes:
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • Three weeks of vacation for newly hired employees
  • Generous 401(k) plan that includes employer matching funds and separate employer retirement contribution, including a Lifetime Income Strategy option
  • Tuition reimbursement program
  • Student Loan Repayment Program
  • Life insurance and disability coverage
  • Optional coverages you can buy: pet insurance, home and auto insurance, additional life and accident insurance,critical illnessinsurance, group legal, ID theft protection
  • Birth, adoption, parental leave benefits
  • Ovia Health, fertility, and family planning
  • Adoption Assistance
  • Autism Benefit
  • Employee Assistance Plan, including up to 10 free counseling sessions
  • Healthy You Incentives, wellness rewards program
  • Doctor on Demand, virtual doctor visits
  • Bright Horizons, child and elder care services
  • Teladoc Medical Experts, second opinion program
  • And more!

Nothing matters more to Collins Aerospace than our strong ethical and safety commitments. As such, all U.S. positions require a background check, which may include a drug screen.

  • Background check and drug screen required (every external new hire in the U.S.)
  • Drug Screen only performed on re-hires who have been gone for more than 1 year

At Collins, the paths we pave together lead to limitless possibility. And the bonds we form - with our customers and with each other -- propel us all higher, again and again.

Apply now and be part of the team that's redefining aerospace, every day.

Raytheon Technologies is An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status, age or any other federally protected class.

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Collins Aerospace operates in the Aerospace industry. The company is located in Charlotte, NC. Collins Aerospace was founded in 2022. It has 40752 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 76 open jobs at Collins Aerospace, click here.
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