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Senior Manager, Intellectual Property in Kalamazoo, MI at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 3/9/2019

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Job Description

The Senior Manager, Intellectual Property -- to be based in Kalamazoo, Michigan -- oversees and directs the intellectual property protection function within Stryker's Medical division, including the preparation, filing and litigation of patents, trademarks, copyrights, licenses, agreements and other forms of intellectual property protections. Advises and informs senior management of intellectual property protection matters. Ensures that legal issues and recommendations are communicated to clients and outside counsel. Selects, develops, and evaluates personnel or external legal firms to ensure the efficient operation of the function. 

Job Requirements

  • 5+ years experience with intellectual property matters.
  • 2+ years of experience managing direct reports preferred.
  • 5+ years experience in development and research in the medical device industry or other appropriate, related industry.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage personnel and identify and lead business process improvements across a wide range of responsibilities.
  • Understanding of USPTO patent prosecution processes.
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence others and be appropriately assertive in order to challenge concepts and inspire innovation.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and make difficult decisions. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership, mentoring and priorities to IP staff under direct supervision to ensure customer groups are supported in all matters involving intellectual property management.
  • Review invention disclosures and guide patenting decisions.
  • Work with outside counsel in preparation, filing and prosecution of patent applications.
  • Investigate product development status and commercialization plans to develop patent filing strategies
  • Support new product development by leading right to use analysis. 
  • Analyze and work with IP counsel to respond to Office Actions.
  • Investigate patent utilization, commercial offensive and defensive value to help make patent annuity/maintenance fee decisions
  • Lead patentability, right to use and state of the art patent analyses
  • Lead and/or support IP due diligence for acquisition and licensing opportunities
  • Recommend terms and support negotiations for IP purchases and licensing.
  • Support IP litigation team with aspects of patent assertions and defenses.

Work From Home: No

Travel Percentage: Up to 25%

Stryker Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Stryker is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability.

Stryker Corporation will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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