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Job Description

Organization: Corporate Functions/Legal 
 USA  (Within USA, location is negotiable)

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions — underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network — Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With 505,000 people serving clients in more than 200 cities with operations across 51 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at

People in the Corporate Function career track contribute to the running of Accenture as a high- performance business through specialization within a specific functional area, and grow into internally focused roles by deepening their skills and/or developing new skills within an internal functional area.

Legal and Commercial Services professionals deliver and coordinate legal, contract and commercial advice and counsel in support of Accenture's or our clients' business, working to manage and mitigate risk and ensure ethical behavior and compliance with laws and company policies.      

Job Description
Specialty: Patent and Intellectual Property 

Accenture seeks a highly motivated intellectual property attorney with at least 6 years of patent counseling experience and substantial IP transactional experience to join our global IP team. The candidate we seek has substantial experience working directly with business leaders and innovators to shape our patent strategy and obtain high-value patents. In addition, the candidate should be proactive, organized, and self-directed to build relationships in support of our mission to increase and maintain the quality of Accenture’s patent portfolio. The candidate should demonstrate an ability to quickly and proactively identify, understand, and solve a wide variety of IP issues, including patent, copyright, trade secret and IP transactional issues, that commonly arise in our business. The candidate will also be a valuable partner to our business by helping to develop and implement firm-wide IP strategic initiatives, policies, best practices, and training to minimize risk and maximize business outcomes

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Embeds with the business to gain a deep understanding of key assets and develop comprehensive IP protection strategies, including evaluating assets for patent protection.
  • Leads and manages patenting efforts for specific Accenture business groups by identifying strategic focus areas, mining and harvesting innovations, evaluating the patentability of such innovations, and setting global patent filing strategies.
  • Develops effective strategies for patenting business process and software inventions and invention mining and harvesting.
  • Manages outside counsel in effectively drafting and prosecuting patents, including reviewing and approving their work related to drafting patent applications, amendments, appeals and other responses to Office Actions.
  • Counsels and forges solid and trusting relationships with inventors and business leaders and finds strategic ways to implement our IP strategy.
  • Assists where necessary on the management of operations relating to the patent portfolio.
  • Develops and implements IP strategic initiatives, policies, best practices, and training designed to mitigate IP risks and maximize business outcomes. 
  • Develops and formalizes processes and templates related to patents and other IP issues.
  • Counsels internal stakeholders (such as business clients, other corporate functions, and other legal colleagues) on a wide variety of IP issues, and negotiates with external clients and third parties on business transactions as necessary. 
  • Drafts, analyzes, structures and negotiates agreements related to IP transactions, such as licenses.

Reports to:  Legal Lead for Patents
Supervises: Outside Counsel


Basic Qualifications

  • Education: Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school
  • Work Experience: Minimum of 6 years of hands-on experience practicing patent law and drafting/prosecuting or managing the prosecution of patents globally, particularly in the areas of business method, software and computer-related technologies.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree or comparable education in electrical or computer engineering, or computer science preferred
  • Significant and demonstrable experience managing invention mining, harvesting, and patenting efforts in-house or as outside patent counsel.
  • Significant experience in IP transactions that includes software licensing, and a strong knowledge of IP issues related to the technology sector.
  • Licensed member of a Bar of at least one state
  • Admission to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Significant experience building relationships with inventors and business executives

Professional Skills:

  • Proactive, organized, and self-motivated and works well in a fast-paced global environment
  • Committed to collaborating with colleagues in the IP team as well as other stakeholders to achieve shared goals, build relationships, and be a strong team player.
  • Skilled in anticipating obstacles and risks, and developing innovative solutions in alignment with business strategy
  • Analytical skills, business acumen, and ability to bridge the legal and business aspects of IP law by providing solid IP advice in a business practical manner.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Executive presence and demonstrated leadership in a professional setting
  • Ability to manage many complex projects successfully, and set and meet priorities 
  • Experience performing detailed competitive analyses using global patent data is a plus
  • Demonstrated leadership in professional setting; either military or civilian 
  • Demonstrated teamwork and collaboration in a professional setting; either military or civilian

Applicants for employment in the US must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States and with Accenture.  
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Accenture is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that no one should be discriminated against because of their differences, such as age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity and expression, religion or sexual orientation. Our rich diversity makes us more innovative, more competitive and more creative, which helps us better serve our clients and our communities.
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Unless expressly indicated, this role is not open in the state of Colorado.

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