Assistant General Counsel Patents & Trade Secrets

The heart of Nike is built around one simple idea -- innovate. Whether that innovation is called Nike Air or Nike Free or Nike Flyknit, the principle is the same: think something that nobody has thought before and create product that is uniquely innovative and uniquely Nike. 

So take chances. Think bigger than the next achiever.  Just know one thing.  The more you succeed, the higher we’ll raise the bar.

Assistant General Counsel – Patents & Trade Secrets

Nike seeks an experienced patent lawyer to serve as its Assistant General Counsel – Patents & Trade Secrets, reporting directly to Nike’s Chief Patent Counsel. In this role, you will be responsible for providing strategic patent and legal advice to Nike’s business and innovation teams on a global scale.  You will collaborate with professionals managing Nike’s patent portfolios and support Nike’s IP litigation and transactions teams on patent issues as needed.

Core Responsibilities

  • Advising senior management, technical and business stakeholders on patent matters

  • Setting and implementing a patent strategy for Nike’s latest innovations

  • Interacting with patent offices throughout the world in order to accelerate the issuance of Nike’s patented innovations

  • Managing outside patent counsel both domestically and globally

  • Developing, coordinating and reviewing patent research and analysis projects, including prior art searches, competitive intelligence, landscapes, patentability analyses, portfolio analyses, infringement/non-infringement analyses, validity/invalidity analyses

  • Coordinating and managing patent committees

  • Setting and implementing patent policies

  • Developing and implementing internal systems and processes for managing Nike’s IP

  • Leading in-house patent professionals in managing patent harvesting and prosecution

  • Spearheading internal education initiatives and trainings related to patents

  • Managing freedom to operate projects

  • Conducting patent purchase due diligence and collaborating on patent acquisition transactions

  • Conducting trade secret audits, implementing trade secret protection measures, training innovation and business groups about trade secret best practices, providing trade secret advice and counseling

  • International travel as needed

  • Providing such other IP support as needed

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