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Who we're looking for
Toyota's Business Litigation Department is looking for a passionate and highly-motivated IP Litigation Attorney.
This Attorney will be part of the Business Litigation Group, which handles complex business litigation, including class actions, commercial litigation and arbitrations, intellectual property litigation, government investigations and regulatory matters. This position will report to the Corporate Manager – Assistant General Counsel for Business Litigation
Reporting to the Assistant General Counsel, the person in this role will support the Business Litigation department's objective to partner closely with the business to achieve TMNA business objectives in a manner that balances legal and business risks and helps preserve brand and reputation
What you'll be doing
Manage a case load of patent litigation matters involving Toyota Motor North America and/or its affiliates (collectively, TMNA), in the U.S. federal courts, administrative patent proceedings in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and International Trade Commission, as well as pre-litigation patent claims and demands, directly and/or in close coordination with our Japanese parent company, Toyota Motor Corporation's ('TMC') intellectual property division based in Japan.
Develop and execute strategy for patent litigation matters involving TMNA and TMC pending in the U.S, directly and/or in close coordination with the TMC's intellectual property division based in Japan.
Leverage your experience with the US judicial system to achieve efficiencies and manage risk for the company.
Manage U.S. IP enforcement litigation as needed, including, but not limited to, trademark infringement, dilution, anti-counterfeiting, copyright, and trade secret matters
Manage defense of U.S. trademark, copyright, and/or trade secret pre-litigation claims,
Act as chief liaison with TMC's intellectual property division in US litigation involving TMC and TMNA entities, and advise on key issues involving the Toyota enterprise.
Assist TMC's intellectual property division with executing case strategy in US patent litigation, and serving as a ‘hands on’ manager and being involved at all levels of strategy, factual investigation, discovery, witness preparation, motion practice, trial and hearing preparation, and communication of strategy and results to TMNA management
Work with e-discovery tools and coordinate implementation of litigation hold notifications
Supervise paralegal and administrative support
Coordinate IP issues with affected Toyota vendors as appropriate and manage vendor relationships as necessary and provide guidance to team members
Support intellectual property law litigation reform efforts directly and through active participation in coalitions and trade associations
Provide advice and strategy regarding risk management and available defensive mechanisms in the IP area, in coordination with TMNA IP prosecution counsel and the TMC's intellectual property division based in Japan
Handle special projects and other matters, as assigned
What you bring
A Juris Doctor degree from an ABA-accredited law school
Admission to the Texas State Bar or admission to a U.S. state bar and able to obtain immediately authorization to practice in Texas as registered in-house counsel
Extensive experience at a major law firm or in a corporate law department litigating complex matters, such as patent litigation and/or class action cases
Experience in patent assertions/pre-litigation, and litigation of patent disputes, including fact discovery, Markman hearings, and summary judgment practice
Experience with intellectual property (patent, copyright and/or trademark) litigation
Experience with patent litigation in the U.S. International Trade Commission
Experience with litigation in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Demonstrated complex litigation experience in all aspects of case management, including experience in development of case and litigation strategies, factual investigation, dispositive motion practice, discovery strategy, trial preparation, settlement negotiations, mediations, arbitrations and trials, and in the selection and management of outside counsel and expert consultants
Strong oral and written communications skills
Strong customer focus and interpersonal skills
Strong analytical, organizational and process-development skills
Strong sense of inclusion and teamwork
A successful candidate will be a self-starter who can function with minimal oversight, and is comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with business clients at all levels (most junior to most senior)
Added bonus if you have
Experience in automotive litigation matters, including litigation in state and federal and appellate courts and administrative agencies
Patent bar membership (USPTO registration number)
Bachelor of Science degree in a technical field
A Computer Science degree is highly preferred with interest in automotive technologies such as navigation systems, transmissions, seats, brakes and entertainment systems programming, and an ability to discuss code and programming with engineers and developers
Knowledge of technology and process patents, whether from previous legal or technical experience.
Solid understanding, experience or interest in alternative – powered vehicles, fuel cell, electric & hybrid vehicles
Experience in drafting settlement agreements
Fluency in written and spoken Japanese
What we'll bring
During your interview process, our team can fill you in on all the details of our industry-leading benefits and career development opportunities. A few highlights include:
A work environment built on teamwork, flexibility and respect
Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career, as well as tuition reimbursement
Vehicle purchase & lease programs
Comprehensive health care and wellness plans for your entire family
Flextime and virtual work options (if applicable)
Toyota 401(k) Savings Plan featuring a company match, as well as an annual retirement contribution from Toyota regardless of whether you contribute
Paid holidays and paid time off
Referral services related to prenatal services, adoption, child care, schools and more
Flexible spending accounts
Relocation assistance (if applicable)
What you should know
Our success begins and ends with our people. We embrace diverse perspectives and value unique human experiences. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer that celebrates the diversity of the communities where we live and do business. Applicants for our positions are considered without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, religion, military or veteran status, or any other characteristics protected by law.
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