Intellectual Property Counsel

Niagara Bottling   •  

Ontario, CA

Industry: Food & Beverages


8 - 10 years

Posted 59 days ago

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At Niagara, we’re looking for Team Members who want to be part of achieving our mission to provide our customers the highest quality most affordable bottled water.

Consider applying here, if you want to:   

  • Work in an entrepreneurial and dynamic environment with a chance to make an impact.   
  • Develop lasting relationships with great people.   
  • Have the opportunity to build a satisfying career.

We offer competitive compensation and benefits packages for our Team Members.

Intellectual Property CounselNiagara is seeking a highly motivated, experienced intellectual property attorney and business leader to serve as its Intellectual Property Counsel. The position will have responsibility for supporting the continued development and execution of Niagara’s offensive and defensive IP strategies and will work closely with the Engineering, Manufacturing and R&D teams to identify, evaluate and protect patentable and strategic inventions from the business. This position reports to the VP of Legal Affairs.

  • Acquires in-depth knowledge of Niagara’s products and technologies and gains familiarity with relevant products and technologies of Niagara’s customers, suppliers, and competitors,
  • Provides landscape analyses and related support for R&D efforts to ensure freedom to operate and minimize exposure infringement upon third party IP,
  • Counsels internal clients regarding a full range of IP issues, including patentability, product clearance / freedom-to-practice, protection and use of trade secrets and confidential information, trademark protection and clearance, copyright protection and use, etc.
  • Manages the company’s patent and trademark registration efforts, including overseeing outside counsel’s drafting and prosecution of patent and trademark applications through issuance, worldwide,
  • Protects the intellectual property of Niagara, including but not limited to instituting defensive measures and aggressively identifying and pursuing infringers of Niagara’s IP,
  • Monitors third party patent activity in relevant areas,
  • Provides strategic IP support related to M&A transactions including IP reviews of potential acquisition and IP portfolio integration,
  • Develops intellectual property policy and procedure, and train internal customers on process and related risk management,
  • Drafts/reviews and provides input on a range of commercial agreements implicating intellectual property rights, including third party supply contracts, technology development agreements, confidentiality agreements, team member obligations related to Company intellectual property and other agreements which include intellectual property considerations.
  • Assists in a wide range of other intellectual property issues, including copyright, trademark, and trade secret matters.

Work Experience/KSA’s

  • Required:
    • 7+ years  – Experience of legal work as an intellectual property attorney  at an outside firm or as in-house counsel.

*experience may include a combination of work experience and education

  • Preferred:
    • 10+ years  – Experience of legal work as an intellectual property attorney  at an outside firm or as in-house counsel.
    • Experience in manufacturing, engineering, and/ or plastics

*experience may include a combination of work experience and education


This Team Member embodies the values of Niagara’s LIFE competency model, focusing on the following key drivers of success:

  • Lead like an owner
    • Overcomes obstacles and demonstrates a sense of urgency in achieving objectives
    • Demonstrates honesty and readily admits to mistakes
    • Prioritizes resolution of customer issues effectively 
  • InnovACT
    • Makes recommendations to continually improve policies, methods, procedures and/or products
    • Challenges upwards effectively and appropriately
    • Increases performance through greater efficiency
    • Demonstrates adaptability by reacting appropriately to unexpected changes in situations or circumstances
    • Confronts tough issues respectively and to resolution
  • Find a way
    • Demonstrates the skills and behaviors required to achieve individual performance expectations
    • Seeks to develop technical knowledge through learning from other experts
    • Demonstrates determination and persistence while treating others with respect
    • Seeks solutions rather than placing blame
  • Empowered to be great
    • Consistently looks for ways to improve one’s self through growth and development opportunities
    • Suspends instant judgment in order to seek information, when safety is not an issue
    • Has courageous conversations around difficult issues
    • Communicates clearly and promptly up, down and across
    • Demonstrates active listening
    • Is open-minded when forming opinions
    • Communicates effectively to manage expectations

Additionally, this Team member is expected to demonstrate:

  • Ability to provide practical and accurate advice to internal clients related to business objectives and take an active role in driving projects to final result.
  • Integrity, honesty and trustworthiness, and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality are also imperative to this role.
  • Ability to work well with a dynamic and motivated.
  • Proven capability to lead and drive change in a global environment.
  • Excellent analytical and legal drafting skills
  • Excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent prioritization and time management skills.
  • Excellent organization and attention to detail.
  • Experience with US and European post-grant patent office proceedings
  • Experience with global patent filing strategies
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Must be a self-starter with a demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively, provide leadership, influence organizational behavior and create alignment across disparate groups.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision is required.


  • Minimum Required: 
    • JD – Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited law school and licensed to practice law in at least one state in the United States.