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VP, Head of Litigation

Company: InterDigital
Location: Wilmington
Posted on: May 14, 2020

Job Description:

His position is based at InterDigital's worldwide headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware (part of the greater Philadelphia metropolitan region), USA, but we may consider locating the position at our offices in Manhattan, with regular travel to Wilmington, Delaware, and will require domestic and international travel. The successful candidate will join a dynamic and respected legal department with over 100 members and manage a team responsible for handling all litigation and other legal proceedings involving the company and its subsidiaries. The successful candidate will be tasked with designing (in conjunction with in-house experts and outside counsel) and implementing a global intellectual property litigation strategy for the company. The successful candidate will have the opportunity and be expected to evaluate the internal and external litigation needs and resources of the company and to implement necessary changes and additions. This is a worldwide role and experience with intellectual property litigation outside the US is desirable. This position will report directly to the General Counsel and will have significant contact with other members of the company's management team, including the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Licensing Officer.Responsibilities:Worldwide Litigation Strategy and OversightDesign and implement comprehensive global patent enforcement strategy, with an emphasis on the enforcement of Standard Essential Patents, or SEP's, including providing advice regarding FRAND (Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) litigation strategies, to drive the company's licensing programs in the mobile, video and other consumer electronics marketsDefend the company against existing and any new intellectual property (IP), antitrust, commercial, shareholder or other litigation worldwide initiated by third partiesManage and direct external counsel providing support for litigation and other legal proceedings involving the company and its subsidiariesWorking closely with the company's Director of Legal Operations and Finance Department, manage significant budget for internal and external spend in support of all litigation and other legal proceedings involving the company and its subsidiariesWorking closely with the company's licensing professionals, support business and/or settlement negotiations with prospective licensees worldwideManagement of Internal Litigation TeamManage and build, as appropriate, internal team responsible for handling all litigation and other legal proceedings involving the company and its subsidiariesServe as a mentor to and guide the professional development of direct and indirect reports; develop and maintain succession plan for position of Vice President, Head of LitigationRequired ExperienceThe successful candidate will have at least 10 years of directly relevant IP litigation experience, including within a law firm. They will have experience serving as first chair and lead counsel in high-value patent enforcement litigation both within and outside the US. The ideal candidate will have experience advising patent holders, preferably SEP holders, and with FRAND litigation, in the technology industry or other IP-intensive businesses. Experience with litigation in China and other ex-US jurisdictions is also preferred.Personal CharacteristicsThe successful candidate will be results-driven while maintaining a steadfast commitment to integrity and the highest ethical standards. In addition, the successful candidate will possess the following characteristics:Demonstrated effectiveness as a trial lawyer and manager of litigation teamsStrong collaboration skills and the ability to build relationships within department, with fellow executives and across organizationExcellent oral and written advocacy and communication skillsStrong executive presenceSelf-starter willing to both handle and manage assigned projects and tasks, as appropriateStrong work ethic and excellent organizational skillsConfident, respectful of others and commands respectPersonable and a team playerDemonstrated commitment to the professional development of his/her reportsEducational/Professional RequirementsBachelor's degree or equivalent plus law degreeLaw degree from top-tier law school preferredCurrent state bar membership or other relevant license to practice law10+ years related experience at a law firm and/or in a corporate law departmentExperience serving as first chair and lead counsel in high-value patent enforcement litigation, including FRAND litigationExperience advising patent holders, with a preference for having advised SEP holdersTo perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Location: Wilmington, DE or New York City, NY

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