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Associate General Counsel Intellectual Property & Technology

Date:  Apr 22, 2021

Akron, OH, US

Company:  Goodyear

Location: US-OH-AKRON-CORP-HDQTRS-2110   
Goodyear Talent Acquisition Representative: Nicole Coult  
Sponsorship Available: No 
Relocation Assistance Available: Yes 



Reporting to the General Counsel, the Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property & Technology works closely with executive and technical leadership and other business functions at Goodyear to define and implement an IP & technology strategy, protect intellectual property rights, and provide legal advice to management and staff on all aspects of global intellectual property, including inventions, patents, emerging technologies, copyrights and trademarks, and licensing.


This position directs and supervises the delivery of the Intellectual Property department's services to meet client needs and objectives, and ensures responsive, timely, ethical client support. This position will partner with internal departments (e.g., Technology, Engineering, Sales & Marketing) and Goodyear's New Mobility and Goodyear Venture Capital Fund divisions to support innovative product development, technical collaborations, and technology-based venture capital initiatives.


The responsibilities of the Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property & Technology will include, but not be limited to the following:


  • Client partnering/strategic design - Collaborate with technology, engineering, product, and strategy teams to shape IP & technology strategy and collaborate across business units to identify and seize high value innovation.
  • Analyze and mitigate risks in view of business goals and objectives, third-party IP and trends, legal updates, and/or other environmental factors, and apply sound tactical approaches to solutions to maintain our investments' values and move the business forward.
  • Actively evaluate and manage patent, technology, trademark and licensing work to ensure quality and timely work and maximizing value of property.
  • Supervise patent associated activities including assessment and evaluation of invention disclosures, preparation and prosecution of US and foreign patent applications, management of global patent portfolio and conflicts with third parties.
  • Supervise patent and trademark clearance activity for new products and services and the Company's global trademark portfolio, domain name portfolio and Goodyear Licensed Product business, including potentially evaluating acquisition and licensing opportunities.
  • Actively evaluate and direct delivery of agreement services against the objectives of the relevant business plan and work streams of the RDE&Q organization, Information Technology organization, Procurement and Business Development
  • Serve as advisor and provide guidance and education to researchers, engineers and business teams on IP & technology issues and provide counsel on IP & technology terms in commercial and corporate matters.
  • Develop and maintain policies and procedures related to IP & technology; Counsel and prepare documentation on nondisclosure agreements and provide negotiation and legal services as needed.
  • Manage Annual Operating Plan (AOP) of Intellectual Property Department (D823); Cost-effectively manage high quality intellectual property work by outside counsel in the US and abroad; Prepare for and participate in legal proceedings, as needed, including research and preparation of arguments, for successful outcomes




  • Minimum 12 years of experience in Intellectual Property Law in a law firm and/or corporate law department
  • Member in good standing with a State Bar
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team providing timely, clear and concise legal advice
  • Experience managing IP portfolio; Experience in preparation and prosecution of patent applications is preferred
  • Experience managing legal team is preferred
  • Self-directed professional with ability to prioritize and manage complex workload delegating where appropriate to team members and support staff
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and negotiation skills with an ability to develop business oriented and cost-efficient solutions
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to establish trusted partnerships with Executive and Senior Management




•          Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school is required.

•          Undergraduate or graduate degree in Chemistry or Engineering is desirable; Admitted to practice before the USPTO also desirable.


Goodyear is one of the world’s largest tire companies. It employs about 62,000 people and manufactures its products in 46 facilities in 21 countries around the world. Its two Innovation Centers in Akron, Ohio and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg strive to develop state-of-the-art products and services that set the technology and performance standard for the industry. For more information about Goodyear and its products, go to

Goodyear is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to that individual's race, color, religion or creed, national origin or ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, ethnicity, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.

If you need reasonable accommodation to complete the online application, or any other part of the employment process, please contact the Goodyear Candidate Care Line at 330.796.4500.

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Nearest Major Market: Akron
Nearest Secondary Market: Cleveland

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