Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science company
specializing in the design and manufacture of a wide variety of
labeling and functional materials. The company’s products, which
are used in nearly every major industry, include pressure-sensitive
materials for labels and graphic applications; tapes and other
bonding solutions for industrial, medical, and retail applications;
tags, labels and embellishments for apparel; and radio frequency
identification (RFID) solutions serving retail apparel and other
markets. Headquartered in Glendale, California, the company employs
more than 30,000 employees in over 50 countries. Reported sales in
2019 were $7.1 billion. Learn more at www.averydennison.com.
The scope and responsibilities of the position include providing
global intellectual property (“IP”) services to Avery Dennison,
including IP strategy, domestic and international IP procurement,
enforcement, and clearance, business counseling, and transactional
support. The position reports to the Global VP and Associate
General Counsel, IP, and works closely with the company’s
technology and innovation leadership teams, as well as Regional
Directors of R&D, Marketing, and Procurement. This position
will be based in Mentor, Ohio, USA.
To be successful in your role of IP Counsel, we need you to
deliver on these responsibilities:
Deliver highly skilled patent procurement services. Oversee the
drafting and filing patent applications (domestic, foreign and PCT
applications), liaising with inventors, internal IP lawyers,
agents, staff, and foreign counsel to obtain the information needed
to prepare and successfully prosecute patent applications.
Support global IP strategy that targets growth in key market
segments and accelerates new product innovations in each key market
around the world.
Provide a full spectrum of intellectual property legal services
including: client counseling; technology development and licensing
contracts; trade secret protection, and patent and trademark
protection, surveillance, enforcement, licensing, and
Conduct patent novelty, validity and right to market studies,
patent and information searches, and analyzing and summarizing
Provide strategic guidance as a business partner to R&D,
Marketing, and Procurement by integrating legal advice with
critical business strategies for product development, joint
development efforts, and licensing matters.
Provide IP related advice for M&A assessments and
negotiations, joint ventures, and start-up investments.
Strong collaboration skills to engage and partner with
colleagues in the global law department and global client
Demonstrated strength at collaboration in matrix organizations,
especially in a global organization and across functions.
Superior understanding of, and ability to take and manage,
Strong business acumen, and ability to connect the law and legal
strategies to business goals in way that guides clients to
Demonstrated ability to lead.
Education and Credentials:
A technical degree is required, preferably in Chemistry,
Chemical Engineering, or Materials Science or Engineering,
particularly polymer chemistry.
A law degree with excellent credentials, registration with the
USPTO, and a member of the Bar in good standing is also
4+ years of patent law experience, including strong business
counseling and strategy, IP-related transactions, patent drafting
and prosecution, freedom to operate opinions, and litigation.
Experienced with various types of transactions (M&A, JV,
licensing, JDA, partnering agreements, negotiation experience with
Proven ability to deal effectively with complex legal issues
that have both legal and business ramifications.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with demonstrated
experience of collaboration and successfully engaging with global
Demonstrated ability to lead and build relationships at a
Demonstrated excellence in client counseling.
Highly experienced in technology relevant to Avery Dennison’s
products, particularly polymers and adhesives.
A strong working knowledge of and experience with PCT, European
patent practice, and China patent practice is highly desirable.
Familiarity with technologies relating to Avery Dennison’s
products and markets is strongly preferred.
Litigation experience is a significant plus.
Experience with other IP such as trademarks and copyrights is
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national
origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected
veteran status or other protected status. EEOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled.
All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO