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Director, IP & Tech Transactions Counsel

Date: Oct 13, 2018

Location: Novi, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 110483 

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Job Title:  Director, IP & Tech Transactions Counsel

Manager: Senior Director, Assistant GC and Corporate Compliance

Location:  Novi, MI 

Relocation:  No


Job Description


A Career at HARMAN

We are ONE HARMAN. We are greater than the sum of our divisions or brands. We proudly talk about our many iconic brands and describe how our technologies are transforming the car, the workplace and everywhere in between.  We work hard. We create useful, playful, beautiful things. We strive for excellence and we aim to win as a team. No matter the position, every employee at HARMAN is expected to demonstrate our core competencies:  leadership, change-orientation, collaboration, judgment and a results-driven mindset.  At HARMAN, we expect brilliance.  You can expect a career full of brilliant possibilities. 

Position Summary:

The ideal candidate will advise Harman’s divisions, including its operations/procurement, engineering, product marketing, sales, and IT teams on a wide variety of matters related to Harman products, including licensing, intellectual property technology development, and regulatory compliance. This position will work hands-on with the business to provide counseling and solutions on a wide range of issues, including draft and negotiate complex technology licensing agreements, software technology development agreements, technology acquisitions and intellectual property licenses, as well as advise clients on day-to-day technology-related legal matters with a focus on procurement plus related matters such as competition law and privacy/security.


This position requires the ideal candidate to have extensive transaction and licensing experience, business knowledge and expertise at the intersection of contracts law, computer law and intellectual property law. You will also work as a member of the broader legal team supporting Harman’s products and services. Strong substantive skills (particularly in intellectual property licensing and risk-shifting), an aptitude for understanding complex technologies and relaying solutions in clear and concise business terms, an ability to work as a member of a team and across a multi-layered matrix organization, plus exemplary project management skills are all a must for this position. You must have very strong communication and analytical skills, superior business acumen, and the ability to resolve complex issues in creative and effective ways. Best suited for a self-starter who loves technology and thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.


Supervisory Responsibilities:


Job Responsibilities:

  • Act as the lead legal contact for procurement and other businesses on technology, licensing, development, and engineering services agreements and for providing counseling and guidance on IP issues in commercial and customer transactions.
  • Act as lead counsel on technology-driven transactions across Harman’s business divisions.
  • Draft, review and negotiate agreements that involve all types of intellectual property supporting all aspects of the organization, including; negotiating intellectual property licenses (including patent and trademark licenses); joint development, collaboration and other strategic alliance agreements; technology licenses and services agreements (including software as a service agreements); OEM sales agreements; distribution agreements (including OEM and VAR and other reseller agreements) as well as performing intellectual property and technology transaction due diligence for corporate transactions and technology transfers; and technology transfer agreements.
  • Provide advice and counsel to the business on intellectual property-related matters.
  • Have a strong familiarity with open source and standards body policies and procedures.
  • Manage high volume of transactions.
  • Develop process for early identification of contract needs throughout product development process.
  • Develop best practice and training materials for IP transactions and provide training to management, general attorneys, and procurement specialists.
  • Engage in collegial and collaborative discussions with internal clients including technology leaders, product development, business and sales teams to counsel and obtain alignment on positions concerning a variety of IP terms and issues.
  • Have experience with  IP monetization efforts, including transfer of intellectual property assets (electronics, software, cloud, telecommunications, internet companies preferred).
  • Support in implementing IP strategy throughout a wide range of agreements, such as, NDAs, partnership, marketing, joint development, patent license, service, standards organization membership, employment and M&A purchase agreements.
  • Support in managing outside counsel and budgets.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Law Degree from a reputable law school. 
  • Licensed to practice law in California, Texas or other approved state.
  • 6-8 years of previous IP, technology and commercial law experience, both in-house and at a law firm.
  • Previous experience working as an in-house counsel at a technology company, including experience with software, cloud and connected services.
  • Ability to work well in a Global multi-layered organization.
  • Ability to provide senior management legal advice.  
  • Ability to work independently and cross-functionally.
  • Ability to prioritize and appropriately manage risk in a corporate legal environment.
  • Desire and ability to work in a fast-paced and challenging environment.
  • Flexibility and a positive attitude.
  • Excellent work ethic.
  • Work well in a team environment.
  • Very good organizational skills and attention to detail, including the ability to prioritize and multi-task.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability to present to senior business, technical and legal personnel.


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Build environment of trust, high performance and engagement by establishing clear goals and a commitment to feedback, development and recognition.


Change Orientation:

  • Apply original thinking and continuous improvement to processes, products, systems or services and manage change to better serve customer needs.



  • Encourage open expression of ideas; communicate effectively at all levels and build strong relationships.



  • Demonstrate critical thinking to take appropriate risk and make sound and timely decisions.




  • Take initiative to achieve superior, quality results against internal or external standards of excellence.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel up to 20%.
  • Willingness to work in an office in Novi, MI, Northridge, CA or Richardson, TX
  • Willingness to submit to a background screen and a drug test.  Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.
  • HARMAN will only employ those who are legally authorized to work in the United States for this opening.  

HARMAN ( designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. HARMAN is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or Protected Veterans status.  HARMAN offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive compensation. Looking for a challenge where your experience is valued? Come see what you can achieve as a leader with HARMAN!  (




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