Intuitive Surgical Careers

Vice President Patent Litigation

US-CA-Sunnyvale, California

Job Description

Job: Legal
Primary Location: United States-California-US-CA-Sunnyvale
Schedule: Full-time
Requisition ID: 181123


Company Description:

Who is Intuitive Surgical? The numbers tell an amazing story. Learn more about our company.

Joining Intuitive Surgical means joining a team dedicated to using technology to benefit patients by improving surgical efficacy and decreasing surgical invasiveness, with patient safety as our highest priority.

Primary Function of Position:

• This position will be responsible for leading Intuitive’s global IP litigation strategy, including assertion of Intuitive’s patents against infringers and defense of Intuitive against charges of patent infringement.
• Counsel and collaborate with key executives on IP legal issues affecting the company.
• Manage the successful delivery of services by outside counsel and the outside legal counsel mix and budgets to align with organizational goals and financial objectives
• Provide and coordinate legal support for the senior management team
• Coach, and develop peers and support staff
• Provide thought leadership on industry and regulatory developments as well as development and implementation of operational and risk management processes and procedures
• Escalate issues, as appropriate, to the SVP General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer and collaborate with all legal team members
• Represent Intuitive Surgical with external parties, including customers, regulators, affiliates and industry trade groups

Job/Skill Requirements:

• Minimum of 7+ years’ experience of combined law firm, or in-house legal department experience with increasing or suitable responsibility
• J.D. Degree and a California state bar member in good standing
• Registered patent attorney a plus
• Engineering, Scientific, or Medical degree a plus
• Litigation experience
• Trial experience preferred
• Strong negotiation skills in litigation settlements, potential licensing transactions and other disputed matters
• Demonstrated intellectual property experience including litigation (patents, trademarks, and trade secrets)
• Demonstrated management of legal matters outside the U.S.
• Strong interpersonal, communication, and writing skills with the ability to function in a fast-paced, cross functional, and high-technology organization
• Hands on experience as this is a lean organization requiring someone who is self sufficient
• Versatility and ability to learn new areas of law and apply knowledge effectively
• Demonstrated ability to manage outside counsel and control matter costs
• Ability to evaluate assets considered in purchasing patent portfolios
• Experience in medical device, healthcare, pharmaceutical or other highly regulated industries preferred
• Ability to grasp and understand in depth technical issues relating to products
• Ability to travel as necessary which could include extended trips on occasion

Other Personal Characteristics:

•Be a dynamic, engaging, courageous, and self-reliant executive, accustomed to managing with a
collaborative, fact-based approach
•Be articulate with excellent writing skills and have the ability to work well with others
•Be equally comfortable and capable interacting with technologists as they are with business
•A strong collaborator, team-player, and someone who is resourceful and can anticipate needs
and navigate in an uncertain environment

We are an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled employer.
We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with fair chance laws.