Patent Policy Advocacy

Job Description

Date: Aug 7, 2019

 

Job Summary

 

Ericsson is a major contributor to Telecom standards and owns one of the industry’s strongest portfolios of patents essential to 2G, 3G and 4G wireless standards. The core of our patent licensing programs is based on FRAND (Fair Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) licensing.

 

There is currently much public debate on FRAND and what the FRAND commitment means when offering a license to patents essential to a standard. This issue is at the focus of policy makers and regulators and the importance for Ericsson to clarify our position and the needs of the Telecom industry is ever increasing.

 

We are now hiring for a position within our Patent Policy team as part of our global Patent and Licensing group. The position will provide an exciting opportunity to advocate cutting-edge issues relating to FRAND licensing and Patent policy. It involves ample exciting speaking opportunities at conferences about this topic, as you will be presenting Ericsson’s patent positions to the world.

 

With Ericsson’s focus on patent licensing, we are continuing to build an organization for future growth. With the growth of IoT, we will see built-in wireless access beyond traditional devices like phones, laptops and tablets. This will provide opportunities to work and think about cutting edge issues at the forefront of Patent policy.

 

Ericsson’s Patent and Licensing group is a global organization with major offices in Sweden, USA and Germany and additional offices in other locations worldwide, has corporate responsibilities and works closely with Ericsson's research and standardization organizations to secure continued technology and patent leadership for Ericsson.

 

The Patent Policy team’s main responsibility is to advocate Ericsson’s position in the FRAND debate and on other patent policy issues. The focus of the current position is to strengthen our resources in Washington DC advocating Ericsson’s position to relevant stakeholders. Other areas of responsibility include engaging in global discussions on FRAND and other patent related topics in Standards Development Organizations (SDOs), together with a team of experts, and reviewing patent policies of SDOs where Ericsson considers joining.

 

The position will be based in Washington D.C.

 

The successful candidate is likely to meet the following criteria:

 

Human competence

  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Strong people management skills
  • Self-motivated and result-oriented team player
  • Strong ability to network
  • Strong assertiveness

 

Professional Competence and Experience

  • US Government experience or connections strongly preferred
  • Experience from communicating with Policy and Regulatory bodies
  • Strategic utilization of advocacy skills based on effective communication, active engagement and networking
  • Experience from patent prosecution or patent enforcement
  • Highly developed understanding of patent policies, regulations and legislation, and associated processes, actors and relationships
  • Good understanding of industry dynamics and structure of eco-system in Telecom and broad technical understanding
  • Experience from standardization and related policy or Leadership roles in Standards Policy Associations, Intellectual Property Associations, etc. is a plus

 

Preferred Qualification

  • Law degree, ideally in Intellectual Property Law
  • 5-7 years’ experience
  • Background in public speaking and publications in this area (written advocacy)
  • Fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Willingness to travel at least once a month (domestic and international)

 

 

DISCLAIMER: The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of employees assigned to this position. Therefore employees assigned may be required to perform additional job tasks required by the manager.

 

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