Sr Manager - Patent Counsel (Contract Position)

Purpose and Overall Relevance for the Organization:

Responsible for the management of adidas patent matters, including counseling the business on patent and related matters.

Key Responsibilities 

  • Management of patent portfolio, including management of external law firms responsible for patent filing and prosecution.
  • Developing reports and analytics of company and competitor intellectual property through internal and external databases.
  • Advise business teams on patent matters with respect to the company’s products including freedom to operate and patentability.
  • Patent clearance.
  • Patent monitoring, in particular competitor patents.
  • Development of prior art resources.
  • Counseling with respect to patent matters.
  • Management or support of patent-related litigation including oversight of outside counsel.

Knowledge and skills

  • Strong preference for engineering or scientific background and experience in patent matters.  Preferably international experience with multinational companies.
  • Excellent client relations skills (including ability to interact with clients at all levels from most senior to most junior, but especially with technical teams).
  • Business acumen and ability to apply legal expertise in practical context essential. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills required.
  • Ability to work independently in area of expertise.
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a bigger team and contribute to team based projects.
  • Experience with Anaqua Intellectual Property database strongly preferred.


Education and Experience


  • Preference for J.D.
  • Preference for Licensed to practice before the USPTO
  • Preference for Bar admission with 3-5 years law firm and/or in-house experience practicing in patents, including patent prosecution.
  • Experienced Patent Agent or Patent Engineer

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Job Title:  Sr Manager - Patent Counsel (Contract Position)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Portland
TEAM:  Legal / SEA
State:  OR
Country/Region:  US
Contract Type:  Limited Duration
Number:  407877
Date:  Jan 7, 2022