Company: Baker Hughes
Skills: Legal
Experience: 5 + Years
Education: Bachelors/3-5 yr Degree
Location: Houston, Texas, United States


Are you an attorney who is passionate about working with Patents?

Join our IP Legal Team

Our Legal Team takes responsibility for developing and safeguarding our company's global mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, and strategic investments. We provide critical legal support across all product companies working closely with the company's business development team and all of the legal department's functions. We partner with the business to provide advice, guidance and action to ensure the success of the future of our business.

Partner with the best

As a Senior Counsel - IP, you will be responsible for:
  • Managing, implementing, and improving global Intellectual Property strategies for assigned business units to support strategic business objectives including harvesting new inventions, leading invention evaluation boards, managing an IP budget(s), and overseeing internal resources and outside counsel responsible for patent and trademark prosecution.
  • Advising management in the legal function and in the business as to IP risks and opportunities in business and technology plans.
  • Advising business on optimal structure of business arrangements and technology strategy based on current and anticipated IP portfolio as well as competitive considerations.
  • Negotiating agreements with detailed IP terms, including development agreements, IP licenses, Master Service Agreements, M&A Agreements, NDAs, and the like.
  • Structuring, negotiating, and drafting contracts to support global licensing and commercial activities, including those related to software and digital technologies.
  • Implementing IP landscape and IP clearance reviews and processes to minimize patent infringement risks.
  • Providing training to increase business' IP acumen and help drive a culture of compliance.
  • Reconciling IP and technology strategies as well as business objectives to adapt to varying IP laws globally.
  • Investigating allegations of employee IP theft and data loss.
  • Assisting in IP due diligence for M&A activities.
  • Assisting marketing and communications groups with branding campaigns, including clearance and protection of new trademarks.
  • Identifying, assessing, and managing technical data and other digital rights.


Fuel your passion

To be successful in this role you will have:
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or science, preferably electrical engineering, physics, or computer science.
  • JD or equivalent from an accredited law school or university.
  • Licensed to practice before the US or other International Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Minimum five years intellectual property practice in patents, trademarks, and (complex) IP transactions.
  • Experience correlating IP and licensing strategy with business strategy.
  • Experience working independently as well as in a team-based environment.
  • Experience in supporting a global business.
  • Experience with governmental R&D funding and IP issues associated therewith a plus.
  • Experience with advising international businesses with IP issues, including advice and establishment of policies and procedures to protect IP assets.
  • Experience with IP transactions, assignments, licensing, and joint venture arrangements as well as cross internal business licenses/arrangements.
  • Experience preparing and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent & trademark applications.
  • Experience managing an assigned intellectual property portfolio including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.
  • Experience with cybersecurity legal issues and open-source software licenses.
  • Ability to speak multiple languages highly desired.


Desired Characteristics
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills.
  • Ability to analyze and resolve problems.
  • Ability to lead programs / projects.
  • Ability to identify, analyze and distill complex issues and data into easy-to-understand communications.
  • Ability to provide legal counseling to world-class scientists and corporate management staff regarding international intellectual property matters.
  • Experience with IP issues relative to government funded awards and grants a plus.


Work in a way that works for you

We recognize that everyone is different and that the way in which people want to work and deliver at their best is different for everyone too. In this role, we can offer the following flexible working patterns:
  • Working flexible hours - flexing the times when you work in the day to help you fit everything in and work when you are the most productive.


Working with us

Our people are at the heart of what we do at Baker Hughes. We know we are better when all of our people are developed, engaged and able to bring their whole authentic selves to work. We invest in the health and well-being of our workforce, train and reward talent and develop leaders at all levels to bring out the best in each other.

Working for you

Our inventions have revolutionized energy for over a century. But to keep going forward tomorrow, we know we have to push the boundaries today. We prioritize rewarding those who embrace change with a package that reflects how much we value their input. Join us, and you can expect:
  • Contemporary work-life balance policies and wellbeing activities.
  • Comprehensive private medical care options.
  • Safety net of life insurance and disability programs.
  • Tailored financial programs.


About Us

With operations in over 120 countries, we provide better solutions for our customers and richer opportunities for our people. As a leading partner to the energy industry, we're committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and we're always looking for the right people to help us get there. People who are as passionate as we are about making energy safer, cleaner and more efficient.

Join Us

Are you seeking an opportunity to make a real difference in a company with a global reach and exciting services and clients? Come join us and grow with a team of people who will energize and inspire you!

As part of our commitment to the health and safety of our employees, customers and the communities in which we operate, this role requires full vaccination for COVID-19 prior to beginning work. Requests for reasonable accommodations due to valid medical reasons, a sincerely held religious belief, or other personal conscience objection will be considered on a case-by-case basis, including but not limited to essential job duties, in accordance with applicable law.About Us:
With operations in over 120 countries, we provide better solutions for our customers and richer opportunities for our people. As a leading partner to the energy industry, we're committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and we're always looking for the right people to help us get there. People who are as passionate as we are about making energy safer, cleaner and more efficient.

Join Us:
Are you seeking an opportunity to make a real difference in a company that values innovation and progress? Join us and become part of a team of people who will challenge and inspire you! Let's come together and take energy forward.

Baker Hughes Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.