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Job Summary The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Office of General Counsel (OGC) is seeking an experienced and highly versatile attorney to advise and provide legal services to Caltech, a private research university, as well as its various facilities, including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC). The successful applicant's job responsibilities will include providing advice and counsel on all aspects of intellectual property, research, technology transfer, and business and government contract issues, as well as handling the wide range of legal matters that a private research university and a FFRDC encounter on a regular basis. This position will involve work at both the Caltech campus and JPL.
Job Duties - Provide legal advice to clients on all aspects of intellectual property, including trademark, copyright, and patent law; support Caltech's Office of Technology Transfer, which is responsible for licensing and commercializing intellectual property owned by Caltech - Advise management at Caltech and JPL on a broad range of transactional matters that arise in a complex legal environment, involving issues relating to higher education, government contracts, and FFRDCs - In addition to various intellectual property issues, the breadth of topics may include business and government contracts, procurement, IT security, non-disclosure agreements, and organizational conflict of interest issues - Provide advice and counsel to clients on matters involving a broad range of research issues, including sponsored research, technology transfer, research policies, research committees, academic freedom, research misconduct, research collaborations, international agreements, and facilities use and media agreements - Regularly provide advice to senior management with respect to current laws and regulations that affect Caltech as a research university and a government contractor
Basic Qualifications - J.D. degree from an ABA accredited law school - Admission to the California Bar - Ability to obtain a top secret security clearance within one year of start date - 7+ years of relevant experience and a proven record of accomplishment, preferably with a major law firm, higher education institution, government contractor, or FFRDC - Experience advising on all aspects of intellectual property issues, including patent, trademark, copyright, technology transfer, licensing, and intellectual property litigation - Ability to analyze, identify, and provide counsel on a broad range of contractual issues in the areas of intellectual property, research agreements, business contracts, and government contracts, while at the same time balancing internal policies and practices and applicable industry standards and laws - Ability to work collaboratively with different constituencies, including faculty, senior administration, scientists, engineers, and business and contract clients, as well as constituencies that support the complex research and technology activities of Caltech and its facilities - All OGC lawyers are both generalists and specialists who are expected to work independently and collaboratively in a collegial team environment of a fast-paced law office within a premier institution renowned for creativity, innovation, and bold, experimental risk-taking - Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to listen and understand the broad range of clients' needs and goals - In addition to dealing with specific issues as they arise, this Counsel will proactively engage with clients to ensure that client objectives are achieved while compliance with laws and regulations is maintained - The successful applicant should have a strong desire to learn about new subject areas as well as legal issues and enjoy working in a collegial environment where counsel must become knowledgeable about diverse topics in a short period of time - Equally important is the lawyer's ability to be strategic, weigh the relative costs and benefits of potential actions in light of the clients' needs and goals and the short and long term effects, and identify strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions or approaches to problems
Preferred Qualifications - Experience and knowledge of laws and regulations relating to a research university, government contracts, or federally funded research and development centers - Previous patent prosecution or licensing experience
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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