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Medtronic IP Counsel Enforcement/Freedom to Operate in Minneapolis, Minnesota

IP Counsel Enforcement/Freedom to Operate


Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Post Date:

Jul 21, 2021

Careers that Change Lives

This position is responsible for developing, implementing, and executing IP-specific strategies for enforcement and Freedom-to-Operate (FTO) activities across the entire Medtronic portfolio. This IP Counsel will develop and implement strategy for successful outcomes and assist in managing enforcement and FTO activities to reach objectives within budget; will work closely with outside and in-house litigation counsel and operating unit IP counsel. This position reports to the VP, Legal Operations IP Litigation.

We believe that when people from different cultures, genders, and points of view come together, innovation is the result and everyone wins. Medtronic walks the walk, creating an inclusive culture where you can thrive.

This position can reside in Minneapolis, MN or any of our other US Medtronic office locations.

A Day in the Life

Responsibilities may include the following and other duties may be assigned.

  • Developing, implementing and executing IP-specific strategies for Enforcement and Freedom-to-Operate (FTO) activities across the entire Medtronic portfolio.

  • Identifying third party use of Medtronic IP, developing strategies for effective enforcement

  • Analyzing actual or potential third-party infringement claims

  • Provide training and guidance across the IP team on enforcement and freedom to operate issues

  • Modeling the Medtronic Mindset act boldly; compete to win; move with speed and decisiveness; foster belonging; and deliver results the right way

  • Being a Strategic and Inclusive IP Partner

  • Building relationships across Medtronic Legal and business teams to act as a subject matter expert

  • Collaborating with our engineering, marketing and BD teams to understand Medtronics competition, current portfolio, and emerging technologies.

  • Developing strategic relationships and managing outside counsel to accomplish key deliverables on time and on budget.

  • Monitoring changes to the evolving competitive landscape for medical device and healthcare technology.

  • Answering questions and offering training and practical legal advice on a wide range of IP and other issues directed to Enforcement and FTO activities.

  • Demonstrating appropriate technical acumen.

  • Comfort and confidence in communicating IP advice in a clear and succinct way to all levels of management is essential.

Must Have: Minimum Requirements

  • J.D.

  • 5+ years of IP enforcement and FTO experience

  • Licensed to practice in at least one state or the District of Columbia

Nice to Have

  • Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or Biomedical Engineering or similar scientific disciplines

  • Litigation experience preferred

  • Demonstrated strong collaboration and relationship-building skills to work across stakeholders at all levels of the organization

  • Excellent written, verbal, and listening communications skills, including the ability to develop compelling presentations, engage senior leaders with confidence, and distill complex information into business language

  • The ability to prioritize across multiple tasks and demands and remain organized

  • Able to thrive in ambiguity and make decisions amidst multiple, competing demands and activities

  • A proactive partner with a pragmatic, solutions-oriented, and curious mindset

  • Working knowledge of PowerPoint, Excel and Word applications

About Medtronic

Together, we can change healthcare worldwide. At Medtronic, we push the limits of what technology, therapies and services can do to help alleviate pain, restore health and extend life. We challenge ourselves and each other to make tomorrow better than yesterday. It is what makes this an exciting and rewarding place to be.

We want to accelerate and advance our ability to create meaningful innovations - but we will only succeed with the right people on our team. Lets work together to address universal healthcare needs and improve patients lives. Help us shape the future.

Physical Job Requirements

The physical demands described within the Responsibilities section of this job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. For Office Roles: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be independently mobile. The employee is also required to interact with a computer, and communicate with peers and co-workers. Contact your manager or local HR to understand the Work Conditions and Physical requirements that may be specific to each role. (ADA-United States of America)

Travel - 25%.

It is the policy of Medtronic to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. In addition, Medtronic will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.