Acushnet Company is the global leader in the design, development, manufacture and distribution of performance-driven golf products. Today, we are the steward of two of the most revered brands in golf – Titleist, one of golf’s leading performance equipment brands, and FootJoy, one of golf’s leading performance wear brands.
We believe we are the most authentic and enduring company in the golf industry. Our mission - to be the performance and quality leader in every golf product category in which we compete.
The Patent Counsel II role is to enhance the patent position of the Acushnet Company with respect to its competitors. This objective includes efficiently evaluating inventions, preparing and filing applications, obtaining patents, enhancing the quality of the patents and the patent portfolio, assisting with product clearances, assisting and educating R&D in product and research direction and mentoring junior patent attorneys and support staff.
- Prepare and prosecute patent applications and office actions, establish and maintain relationships with USPTO examiners to improve prosecution efficiency and to the extent required, manage the design patent portfolio to meet the needs of R&D.
- Evaluate and enhance Invention Records, conduct prior art searches and provide training/presentations to educate and engage R&D regarding patents.
- Assist R&D in product clearance and research direction and assist in the preparation of product clearances as well as non-infringement and invalidity opinions.
- Mentor junior patent attorneys as well as legal assistants on patent issues as well as docketing issues.
- Develop, maintain, and refine prosecution and clearance protocols when opportunities arise.
- A degree in Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering or similar scientific discipline is strongly preferred
- JD from an accredited law school and licensed to practice in at least one state or the District of Columbia is required
- Registration to practice before the USPTO is required
- 5-7 years of experience in patent practice preferred, ideally preparing and prosecuting applications in mechanical- or physics-based technologies
- Strong knowledge of patent law is necessary, as well as proficiency in patent application preparation and prosecution
- Must be able to work independently as part of a multidisciplinary team
- Must have outstanding communication skills