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Associate General Counsel - IP

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Olympus America Inc.

Southborough, MA

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Are you looking for a company that cares about people’s lives and health, including yours? At Olympus, we help make people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling, every day. We’re currently looking for an Associate General Counsel to join us in our Southborough, MN office.

Let’s inspire healthier lives, together.

The Associate General Counsel will handle intellectual property matters arising from the daily business operation of Olympus Corporation, Olympus Corporation of the Americas and its subsidiaries (the Corporation), including negotiating and drafting contracts on behalf of the Corporation on a variety of intellectual property matters. The incumbent will provide professional counsel and service to the medical, surgical, industrial, scientific, and consumer product groups of other companies of the Olympus Group in intellectual property matters. He/She will represent the Corporation in intellectual property matters and manage outside intellectual property counsel for the Corporation. The incumbent will supervise professionals and/or paraprofessionals employed in the Intellectual Property Department.

Job Duties:

As a Title working on the intellectual property team, you will be empowered and inspired to do your best work. You will contribute to our mission

by handling intellectual property related matters, managing and/or supervising the members of the team and devising and implementing intellectual

property strategy for the Corporation. A typical day for you will include:

Handle intellectual property matters including litigations, contracts and disputes

Manage and/or supervise members of the intellectual property team

Devise and implement intellectual property strategy

Serving as primary attorney from the Corporation’s Intellectual Property Department for handling intellectual property matters arising from the daily business operation of the Corporation, including:

Monitoring and assisting in the preparation and prosecution of patent and trademark applications.

Drafting and negotiating various intellectual property related agreements, including licenses and transactional documents.

Preparing and revising patent clearance studies.

Providing counsel on patent infringement and patent clearance opinions.

Assisting in the management of the Corporation’s worldwide intellectual property portfolio.

Supervising and providing guidance to outside counsel when retained to assist with the foregoing responsibilities.

Working with research and development personnel, as well as patent agents and senior management, to define and implement intellectual property strategy for the Corporation.

Handling litigation matters involving intellectual property disputes, including investigating to uncover facts relevant to the matter under litigation; supervising and assisting outside counsel, as applicable; assisting in developing litigation strategy; and reporting on the progress of the litigation to the Corporation’s management.

Assisting in the management of intellectual property dispute settlement to avoid litigation if possible.

Communicating with appropriate parties in writing or in person to discuss the issues under consideration and recommends settlements, as applicable.

Negotiating and drafting contracts on a variety of intellectual property matters, including:

Negotiating with the contracting party to define and finalize the purpose, nature, and provisions of the contract to be completed; seeking the most advantageous position for the Corporation.

Advising the Corporation’s business managers throughout the contract negotiation process with respect to the areas of legal risk and exposure.

Recommending negotiating strategies to achieve a satisfactory outcome.

Refining the language and construction of the contract to provide maximum legal protection to the Corporation while clearly defining its business purposes and provisions.

Providing advice to management on a variety of intellectual property related subjects to minimize legal exposure, including Corporation’s patent portfolio strength.

Supervising Staff. Assists, if necessary, in development of staff’s ability to assess patentability and patent clearances.

Taking a lead position in the Intellectual Property department to standardize legal process in keeping with best practice.

Providing advice and service to other Olympus Group companies in intellectual property matters.

Maintaining responsibility for coordinating Corporate Product Design (CPD) policies and procedure for the Corporation.

Maintaining the confidentiality of Intellectual Property Department communications and documentation.

Performing other related duties as directed.

Job Requirements:


Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited law school.

Licensed to practice law.

Minimum of 6 years of experience in a wide array of intellectual property matters including licensing, client counselling, and patent prosecution, as well as experience in general corporate law or litigation involving contracts.

Minimum of 5 years experience of leading IP litigations or resolving IP disputes at a law firm or a company.

Experience managing an intellectual property group or practice.


Experience in providing more than 10 legal opinions including validity or infringement of patents to clients.

Effective leadership, motivational and team building skills with ability to lead organizational change and demonstrated decision-making capabilities.

Strong relationship skills, ability to manage and motivate both up and down the Corporation.

High energy, self-motivated, hands-on and participatory with strong results orientation and ability to quickly establish priorities.

Must have a sense of ownership and a desire to support the Corporation to achieve high-level corporate goals.

Excellent written and oral communication skills and an attention to detail.

Full capability using Microsoft Applications including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

We realize work isn’t just a job to you.

It’s a big part of your life, but not the only part. That’s why we offer competitive salaries, a robust 401(k) program, annual bonus program and comprehensive medical benefits, as well as tuition reimbursement, flexible schedules, parental and adoption leave, on-site services and Colleague Affinity Networks — so you can be ready for where life can take you.

Work LocationSouthborough OCA

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Patent Attorneys and Agents Paralegals Liaisons

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Olympus America Inc

About Us

At Olympus, we put a lot of good back into the world, and what we do really matters. We are committed to making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling every day by crafting innovative optical and digital solutions in medical technologies, microscopy, industrial solutions, cameras, and audio recorders.

We view our relationship with and commitment to our employees with the same passion. Everything we do at Olympus is a reflection of our vision, and everyone here helps to make it a reality. We’re invested in our employees, great ideas, and how they impact the communities around us. We see the world through multiple lenses and come together to find the right answers; the best solutions.



Olympus America Inc

Olympus embraces diversity and inclusion. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, our policies as well as our values prohibit unlawful discrimination based on an employee's or applicant's race, color, sex, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, genetic information, ancestry, military or veteran status, or any other federal, state or local protected classification. EOE Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disabled

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Olympus America Inc.
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At Olympus, we are focused on improving people’s lives every day. We do this through innovation. As a precision technology leader, we design and deliver innovative solutions in our core business areas: Medical and Surgical Products, Life Science Imaging Systems, Industrial Measurement and Imaging Instruments and Cameras and Audio Products.

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