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Danaher Corporation Chief IP Counsel, Danaher Product Identification & Water Quality Platforms in Loveland, Colorado

Department: Legal & Compliance

Reports to: Environmental & Applied Solutions General Counsel

Location: Videojet Technologies Inc. Headquarters, Wood Dale, Illinois

WITHIN THE COMPANY - DANAHER & PRODUCT IDENTIFICATION BUSINESSES

Danaher is a global science and technology innovator committed to helping customers solve complex challenges and improving quality of life around the world. Our trusted brands hold unparalleled leadership positions in diagnostics, life sciences, and environmental and applied solutions. With more than 20 operating companies, our globally diverse team of 65,000 associates is united by a shared purpose: to help realize life’s potential.

Water Platform

Danaher`s Water Platform is a global leader in water quality analysis and treatment, providing instrumentation and disinfection systems to help analyze and manage the quality of ultra-pure water, portable water, wastewater, groundwater and ocean water in residential, commercial, industrial, and natural resource applications. Our water quality businesses provide products under a variety of brands, including HACH, ChemTreat, OTT Hydromet, Sea-Bird Scientific and Trojan Technologies. Learn more at: www.dhwaterquality.com

Product Identification Platform

Danaher`s Product Identification (PID) Platform OpCo’s touch consumer, industrial and pharmaceutical products throughout the supply chain to ensure freshness, consistency, and accurate labeling and tracking. These innovators are industry leaders in laser marking, coding and engraving, integrated packaging solutions and color science. Our product identification businesses provide products under a variety of brands, including Videojet, Pantone, X-Rite and Esko. Learn more at: jobs.danaher.com/global/en/home#productid

The position will be based at Videojet’s global headquarters in Wood Dale, Illinois.

WITHIN THE ROLE

This position encompasses three major areas of responsibility: (1) set and implement IP strategy in alignment with the businesses’ long-term strategies and technology roadmaps, including working with business and technical leaders to maximize competitive advantage through IP; (2) develop, protect and enforce IP across the entire PID and Water portfolio around the world; and (3) ensure that the businesses always respect the IP rights of other companies. This is a hands-on role where both tactical execution and longer-term strategy are important.

WITHIN THE RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Define and execute business-specific IP processes and strategies to support a culture of innovation

  • Work with business and technical staff to develop and protect IP, drive freedom to operate processes, and educate and counsel management and technical staff on key IP issues, including issues involving software, workflows and connected devices

  • Drive patent enforcement and technology licensing opportunities

  • Support third party technology development and/or commercialization efforts

  • Support M&A activities from due diligence through integration

  • Support commercial contracts organization with respect to IP issues

  • Manage trademark portfolio and make recommendations on trademark strategy

  • Manage IP team (EU and US based)

  • Collaborate with Danaher IP and Innovation colleagues in other businesses to drive process improvements

  • Experience managing a budget to achieve business objectives

WITHIN THE SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum of 15 years of legal experience specifically focused on patent and intellectual property work; working experience in a reputable law firm or in a multinational company, or combination of the two. In house experience preferred.

  • Strong scientific and business acumen with the capacity to rapidly learn the businesses’ strategies and technical platforms. Experience leading business decisions on IP strategy, prosecution and litigation is important. Ability to present complex, technical or difficult messages clearly and persuasively at all levels of the organization.

  • When travel resumes, ability to travel domestically and internationally as needed, perhaps 40% of time.

WITHIN THE EDUCATION AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS

  • Undergraduate degree in Engineering or Physical Science

  • JD degree from a US law school with top academic performance

  • Registered to practice before the USPTO

  • Licensed to practice law in at least one State, plus able to fulfill the requirements to become licensed promptly in Illinois

WITHIN THE IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE

  • Ability to influence positively across functions, different companies, geographies, and management levels, but also leads and accomplishes by doing – this is a hands-on position

  • Self-starter with a high sense of urgency, productive mindset and capability, and with the motivation to assume significant responsibilities and ability to manage multiple competing priorities.

  • Ability to adapt to a face paced and lean environment with a culture of continuous improvement.

  • High integrity and ethics in all dealings – internal, external, and personal; non-political in conduct, while understanding internal and external political dynamics.

    Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The “EEO is the Law” poster is available here (http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) .

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