Associate Counsel Intellectual Property
Higher One 34 reviews - New Haven, CT

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Higher One partners with colleges and universities to lower their administrative costs and to improve graduation rates. We provide a broad array of payment, refund disbursement and data analytics and management tools to institutions that help them save money and enhance institutional effectiveness. And for students, we offer financial literacy programs and convenient, flexible and affordable transaction options to help them manage their finances. Higher One is a leader in higher education and we support more than 1,600 college and university campuses with over 13 million enrolled students.

At Higher One, we believe that every employee is critical to our success! Our innovative services depend on the energy, values, hard work and dedication of our employees. As we continue to grow, we look for others who are also committed to retaining a small-company feel while moving us to the next level!

We are currently seeking an Associate Counsel – Intellectual Property to join our growing team in New Haven, CT. Reporting to the General Counsel, this position involves working with the company’s businesses on a variety of complex commercial agreements and arrangements, including distribution, technology, licensing and other IP-related agreements.


Provide legal support for negotiation and drafting of contracts dealing with intellectual property, including licensing.

Draft and review a variety of licensing and related agreements, such as distribution agreements, product development agreements, technology licenses and development agreements.

Advise the company on IP matters.

Provide oversight of trademark and patent portfolio management and maintain relevant registrations necessary to perfect the company’s intellectual property rights.

Manage outside counsel for IP litigation.

Review company materials for trademark related issues.

Assist with the prosecution of new patents for the company

Implement patent and trademark strategies for the company and oversee the company’s intellectual property protection policies

Work with outside counsel to establish and maintain the company’s trademark registrations and other filings necessary to perfect the company’s intellectual property rights. Point-person for patent preparation and prosecution, advising internal clients on IP related aspects of transactions, preparing patentability, validity and infringement ,

Conduct IP due diligence in support of acquisitions and divestitures.

Assist in the management of other litigation matters and provide litigation support.

Review marketing, advertising and other related materials for trademark related issues.

JD required

CT State Bar membership or ability to qualify as authorized house counsel

Admission to USPTO is preferred.

5 - 10 years of relevant experience, with in-house experience a plus

Litigation and secondary liability experience strongly desired

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Strong organizational skills with a keen attention to detail

Ability to read, understand, and interpret a variety of detailed legal and compliance documents

Ability to manage tight deadlines and multiple complex projects simultaneously

Strong computer skills

Comprehensive benefits package including: Medical, Dental and Vision insurance, Company paid Basic Life insurance, Short and Long Term Disability

401(k) with generous company match

Educational Assistance Program

Adoption Assistance

Living Focus program that encourages employees to find life/work balance

Casual dress

20 Paid Time Off days per year

8 paid Holidays

Fun – We have many opportunities for employees to get involved and participate in fun activities, wellness events and opportunities to “give back”

Free healthy lunches 3 days per week

Free Fitness Center: 24 hour access to Higher One’s onsite fitness center in our New Haven corporate office

Free parking!

Free coffee every day!

About this company
34 reviews
The higher ambition at Higher One Holdings is to facilitate higher education payments. The company provides payment processing and...