Intellectual Property Attorney
Specialized Bicycle Components - Morgan Hill, CA

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THE ROLE: Intellectual Property Attorney
REPORTING TO: General Counsel with dotted line to Corporate Counsel

COMPANY NAME: Specialized Bicycle Components
LOCATION: Morgan Hill, CA

ROLE SUMMARY: Specialized seeks a 3 rd year intellectual property attorney to join its legal department. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a dynamic company and be part of an exciting group that is in the process of growing a strong intellectual property program.

  • Focus on patent portfolio but also provide support on trademark and other intellectual property issues
  • Master Specialized’s patent portfolio
  • Staying updated in legal developments about intellectual property
  • Engage and interact with engineers and inventors inside Specialized regarding market trends, patent filings, Specialized’s patent prosecution efforts
  • Engage and interact with Specialized’s Patent Manager and outside Patent Counsel regarding Specialized’s patent prosecution effort
  • Oversee the quality and direction of foreign patent prosecution
  • Drafting descriptions of inventions in full detail using exact legal terms
  • Research prior art
  • Draft initial patent applications
  • Process applications for patents from the USPTO and respond to reports of patent examiners
  • Participate in intellectual property litigation proceedings
  • Draft legal agreements
  • Work closely with General Counsel and Corporate Counsel on Specialized legal matters/issues
  • 2-3 years of experience at an intellectual property law firm with exposure to patent, trademark and copyright matters;
  • At least 2 years experience at patent of application, preparation and prosecution;
  • Ability to work independently, under the direction of a more senior attorney;
  • Proven good business judgment and effective communication and presentation skills. Must be adept at balancing risk and opportunity, creative problem solving, and working with the business to make smart decisions.
  • Fluent in Chinese is preferred.
  • JD from top US law school
  • CA Bar
  • Patent Bar is a MUST
  • Bachelors Degree in Engineering
About Specialized:

Specialized is the global leader in the designing and manufacturing of high performing technology advanced bicycles, components and cycling apparel for world champion riders and cycling enthusiast. Founded in 1974 and headquartered in Morgan Hill, California, Specialized is a global company with offices throughout the world.

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