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Associate General Counsel, Patent - Remote - 2221431

Optum

Optum

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Minnetonka, MN, USA · Washington, DC, USA · Chicago, IL, USA · Denver, CO, USA · Phoenix, AZ, USA · Boise, ID, USA · Boston, MA, USA · Las Vegas, NV, USA · Dallas, TX, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2024

UnitedHealth Group is a health care and well-being company that’s dedicated to improving the health outcomes of millions around the world. We are comprised of two distinct and complementary businesses, UnitedHealthcare and Optum, working to build a better health system for all. Here, your contributions matter as they will help transform health care for years to come. Make an impact with a diverse team that shares your passion for helping others. Join us to start Caring. Connecting. Growing together.

Position in this function is responsible for reporting to the Senior Associate General Counsel/Intellectual Property, this position is responsible for assisting the IP Legal team with all matters related to patent prosecution and patent portfolio management. This individual must provide high quality service to internal clients across the enterprise and provide support to internal/external counsel. This position will interface with business and legal department leaders; accordingly, the individual must be approachable, easy to work with, conduct him or herself with confidence, act as an expert in their field, and be skilled at drafting and providing clear and well-reasoned business advice to complex legal problems. This individual will provide IP support for a wide range of businesses with varying needs and requirements, they must be a self-starter, efficiently manage their time and work proactively to meet the demands of the businesses. This individual may also be asked to assist the IP Legal Team with management of the company’s other IP including trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks and other intellectual property matters.

This position is listed as a telecommuter (Remote) but applicant may choose to work from a company office if located nearby.

You’ll enjoy the flexibility to work remotely * from anywhere within the U.S. as you take on some tough challenges.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Work with a wide range of internal clients and internal/external attorneys to address inquiries, assess development projects, and provide guidance on patentability
  • Mentor and advise inventors on patentability and invention disclosures
  • Assist in the management of a growing docket of patent filings
  • Perform analytics on patent portfolio and create reporting
  • Assist in the development of internal IP procedures
  • Prepare correspondence and presentation materials for use with business leaders and executive patent council
  • Represent the legal team on internal patent review boards
  • Develop and maintain IP Legal educational content and assist with employee training
  • Identify and assess areas of legal risk and escalate appropriately
  • Conduct research and initial investigations related to possible infringements

You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor
  • Bachelor’s Degree in software-related science discipline
  • Admission in the state bar where the individual resides
  • Registered to practice as a Patent Attorney with the USPTO
  • 3+ years of patent prosecution experience in a law firm or technology company
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and familiarity with creating and designing presentation materials
  • Proven proactive and independent self-starter with the ability to manage, handle and prioritize multiple projects with a sense of urgency/energy and an emphasis on quality
  • Proven excellent organizational skills and a detail-oriented and deadline-focused personality
  • Proven well-developed written and verbal communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree or Doctorate in software related field
  • Significant experience creating and designing presentation materials
  • Solid understanding of software related technologies and related patent eligibility standards
  • Demonstrated understanding of business problems related to assigned legal projects
  • Proven solid data analysis skills and attention to detail
  • Proven success in collaborating across a matrixed business and legal environment
  • Proven excellent presentation skills
  • Proven ability to evaluate and determine appropriate legal course of action to meet business needs
  • Proven ability to build and maintain solid working relationships with superiors, peers, subordinates, clients and outside counsel
  • Proven ability to work within a small team – sharing work and assignments as needed to ensure priority projects are handled within the appropriate timeframe

*All employees working remotely will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy

California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, or Washington Residents Only: The salary range for this role is $122,100 to $234,700 annually. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to local labor markets, education, work experience, certifications, etc. UnitedHealth Group complies with all minimum wage laws as applicable. In addition to your salary, UnitedHealth Group offers benefits such as, a comprehensive benefits package, incentive and recognition programs, equity stock purchase and 401k contribution (all benefits are subject to eligibility requirements). No matter where or when you begin a career with UnitedHealth Group, you’ll find a far-reaching choice of benefits and incentives.

Application Deadline: This will be posted for a minimum of 2 business days or until a sufficient candidate pool has been collected. Job posting may come down early due to volume of applicants.

At UnitedHealth Group, our mission is to help people live healthier lives and make the health system work better for everyone. We believe everyone–of every race, gender, sexuality, age, location and income–deserves the opportunity to live their healthiest life. Today, however, there are still far too many barriers to good health which are disproportionately experienced by people of color, historically marginalized groups and those with lower incomes. We are committed to mitigating our impact on the environment and enabling and delivering equitable care that addresses health disparities and improves health outcomes – an enterprise priority reflected in our mission.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.