Patent Counsel

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Job Number: 62848
Group: Magna Corporate
Division: Magna Services of America (Troy Office)
Job Type: Permanent/Regular
Location: TROY
Work Style: Hybrid
About us
We see a future where everyone can live and move without limitations. That's why we are developing technologies, systems and concepts that make vehicles safer and cleaner, while serving our communities, the planet and, above all, people.
Forward. For all.
Group Summary
Magna is more than one of the world's largest suppliers in the automotive space. We are a mobility technology company built to innovate, with a global, entrepreneurial-minded team. With 65+ years of expertise, our ecosystem of interconnected products combined with our complete vehicle expertise uniquely positions us to advance mobility in an expanded transportation landscape.
About the Role
The successful candidate will be a Patent Attorney who can work in a decentralized environment and interact with formal and informal Engineering and Commercial Teams at a hybrid office located in Troy, Michigan.
Your Responsibilities

  • Advise management on the scope, jurisdiction, and timing of patent application filings in the context of the Group's structure (from traditional "patent committees" to informal on the fly consensus).
  • Work closely with existing Patent Group staff and outside Counsel to manage all administrative aspects related to pending patent applications.
  • Manage annuity and maintenance fee payments.
  • Conduct prior art searches for formal and informal reviews and opinions.
  • Prepare and review nondisclosure agreements as needed for a variety of transactions.
  • Prepare and review commercial documents that have IP terms such as P.O. Terms and Conditions, Joint Development Agreements, License Agreements, and Asset Purchase Agreements.
  • Participate as the Intellectual Property member of M&A Teams.
  • Advise management on position and response in the case of perceived, potential, or alleged infringement of IP rights.


Who we are looking for

  • Bachelor of Science degree and Juris Doctorate
  • Experience/knowledge of electronic, electro-mechanical, plastic, metallurgical, mechanical, optical products and processes .
  • Four (4) years+ of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications as well as preparing and negotiating commercial documents and transactions in a law firm and as a corporate patent counsel.
  • State Bar Membership and U.S. Patent Attorney Registration.


Your preferred qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Excellent corporate and commercial legal skills, including the ability to effectively draft and negotiate contracts and focus on details while not losing sight of the big picture.
  • Solid business acumen and judgment, including the ability to set priorities, align plans, and work effectively with multiple stakeholders to develop practical solutions to a broad range of legal and business problems.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex issues clearly and to be persuasive in a manner that is both direct and diplomatic, combined with an ability to build solid relationships across a diverse group of business and technical people having a wide array of professional and cultural backgrounds
  • The ability and desire to work independently on the "front lines" of the business, with limited direct supervision


What we offer
At Magna, you can expect an engaging and dynamic environment where you can help to develop industry-leading automotive technologies. We invest in our employees, providing them with the support and resources they need to succeed. As a member of our global team, you can expect exciting, varied responsibilities as well as a wide range of development prospects. Because we believe that your career path should be as unique as you are.
Site Benefits

  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans
  • 401 (k) with employer matching
  • An extensive training program and exciting internal development opportuniites
  • Cafe
  • Parking for motorcycles and electric vehicles


Awareness. Unity. Empowerment.
At Magna, we believe a diverse workforce is critical to our success. That's why we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We hire on the basis of experience and qualifications, and in consideration of job requirements, regardless of, in particular, color, ancestry, religion, gender, origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability or gender identity. Magna takes the privacy of your personal information seriously. We discourage you from sending applications via email to comply with GDPR requirements and your local Data Privacy Law.
Nearest Major Market: Troy
Nearest Secondary Market: Detroit

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An Insider's view of Magna International

What makes someone successful on your team?

Our team's success begins with leaders who bring expertise and commitment to ensure project success. Additionally, a team culture where all members take ownership and work together fosters collaboration and investment in the project's success.

Leo

Senior Vehicle Test Engineer

How do you make yourself accessible to the rest of the team?

In a large, global company there are many factors that can influence individual situations. As a leader, I take the time to listen and understand each person's perspective. The message I convey in all discussions is that leadership is there to support their growth and development and help resolve any blockages they might encounter.

Jim

Director - Research & Development

What makes someone successful on your team?

Having the willingness to take initiative, a positive attitude, and the ability to learn quickly while working well with others leads to success on our Magna Electronics Software team. We emphasize flexibility and adaptability to help reach our goals when evolving software requirements on a demanding project schedule.

Sreeni

Senior Manager, Software Engineering

What are Magna International Perks + Benefits

Magna International Benefits Overview

At Magna, our employees are at the center of what we do. It’s a priority to protect the health of our people and our business and we do this in a variety of ways. We offer a competitive and comprehensive benefits program including medical, dental, vision, pharmacy, disability, life insurance, FSA, 401(k) with company match, profit sharing plan, Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP), pet insurance, auto/home insurance, wellness programs and much more!

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Hybrid work model
Summer hours
Remote work program
Diversity
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
401(K) matching
Company equity
Performance bonus
Charitable contribution matching
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Family medical leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Onsite office parking
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Professional Development Benefits
Job training & conferences

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