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Director Intellectual Property Europe (m/f/d)

Karlsbad, Baden-Wurttemberg Additional Location: Karlsbad, Germany| Garching bei München, Germany Job ID: R-12950-2022
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A Career at HARMAN

As a technology leader that is rapidly on the move, HARMAN is filled with people who are focused on making life better. Innovation, inclusivity and teamwork are a part of our DNA. When you add that to the challenges we take on and solve together, you’ll discover that at HARMAN you can grow, make a difference and be proud of the work you do every day.

About the Role

The Director, Intellectual Property & Transactions Counsel will primarily advise and counsel Harman’s global businesses on intellectual property (IP) issues.  The ideal candidate will have hands-on transactional experience handling basic and complex intellectual property and commercial legal issues, including IP licensing agreements, and a strong understanding of European intellectual property rights to develop, advise and counsel clients on protection, risk avoidance and enforcement strategies.  Relevant experience could include: software and technology licensing in the context of use in products, cloud platforms and other applications, software and technology development and related transactions; intellectual property transactional support for procurement and sales; product and patent analysis counseling; and litigation support. 


Your Team

This position has 1 direct report. 

What You Will Do

  • Provide time-sensitive, pragmatic and business-oriented legal counseling on intellectual property issues in the development of our world-class products, including working with product teams on developing best-in-class legal reviews and processes for software and hardware product development from tracking and reviewing of in-house and third-party IP components;
  • Provide legal support for procurement and other businesses on technology, licensing, development, and engineering services agreements and for providing counseling and guidance on European IP issues in commercial and customer transactions;
  • Act as lead counsel on technology-driven transactions across Harman's business divisions.
  • Advise on technology licenses between Harman business units and their suppliers and customers, including indemnification and other commercial terms;
  • Draft, review and negotiate agreements that involve all types of intellectual property, including intellectual property licenses (including patent and copyright); joint development, collaboration and other strategic alliance agreements; technology licenses; and services agreements, software licenses, and standard industry licenses in support of Harman’s product development and production, including without limitation audio codec licenses; and
  • Collaborate with IP litigation counsel and provide support in software and patent litigation matters;
  • Manage high volume of transactions;
  • 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;
  • 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.

What You Need

  • Law degree from a reputable school
  • Member of at least one bar in Europe
  • Knowledge of the German Inventor laws (ArbEG)
  • Proficient knowledge and understanding of all Intellectual Property laws (patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets)
  • Significant transactional experience reviewing, drafting and negotiating agreements with varying levels of complexity
  • Ability to work well in a Global multi-layered organization.
  • Ability to provide senior management legal advice. 
  • Ability to prioritize and appropriately manage risk in a corporate legal environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including presentations to senior business, technical and legal personnel;
  • A global mindset, strong communication and analytical skills, superior business acumen, confidence, and the ability to work with colleagues in a global setting.

What is Nice to Have

  • Experience advising and counseling on open source software and technology standards a plus
  • Experience with litigation a plus
  • Experience in global IP protection and management strategies, ranging from filing to maintenance, leading whitespace/landscape studies, clearance opinions, and patentability evaluations;
  • Experience supporting IP due diligence in M&A transactions and IP acquisitions and divestitures;
  • Flexible, can-do, positive attitude with an entrepreneurial spirit and sense of humor; and
  • Possess excellent leadership skills and a strong work ethic with ability to communicate and strategize proactively with senior management.

What We Offer

  • HARMAN offers a diverse and inclusive work environment that fosters and encourages career development opportunities, professional training and competitive market base compensation
  • Hybrid work conditions
  • You will also receive top-notch employee discounts on Harman’s Consumer Audio (JBL, AKG, HARMAN Kardon) and Samsung products
  • Flexible work schedule with a culture encouraging work life integration and collaboration in a global friendly working atmosphere and good work-life-balance
  • Attractive salary package based on the Metall & Elektro Tarif Baden Wurttemberg and an Employer contribution towards a company pension plan
  • Professional development opportunities through HARMAN University’s business and leadership academies which also includes extensive technical trainings
  • Internal talent management leadership acceleration programs
  • “Be Brilliant” employee recognition and rewards program

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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. (www.harman.com)

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