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Counsel - Intellectual Property

Date: Sep 12, 2022

Location: Wauwatosa, WI, US, 53222

Company: Briggs and Stratton

Briggs & Stratton is looking for our next Intellectual Property Counsel. This role will lead our intellectual property efforts, critical to the continued success of our 114 year old company with a proud past focused on our stronger future. A dynamic opportunity to work with all divisions of our organization in a domestic and international capacity. You'll also have the chance to partner with other members of the legal team and work in other areas when needed. 

Position Description

Provides legal advice and services to obtain, protect and promote the company’s intellectual property assets.

Job Responsibilities

1.     Manages prosecution and enforcement of patent, trademark, copyright,  domain names filings and enforcements and other intellectual property assets including the engagement and oversight of outside counsel

2.     Manages intellectual property litigation matters including the engagement and oversight of outside counsel

3.     Advises management on license, software, consulting and confidentiality agreements, as well as intellectual property issues in purchasing, sales, marketing, and manufacturing transactions

4.     Leads meetings of the Intellectual Property Committee and the Patent Committee

5.     Provides relevant training to employees

6.     Acts as legal representative to corporate development for intellectual property due diligence, documentation and integration activities

7.     Develops relevant Legal Department processes and practices relating to intellectual property

8.     Performs other duties as assigned

Job Skills Requirements

  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to provide prompt, practical counsel and creative solutions in all areas of responsibility while minimizing risk
  • Ability to identify changes in law and oversee compliance, propose guideline and practice changes, and effectively educate and train internal clients
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong business acumen and strategic thinking capabilities
  • Detail-oriented, organized, responsive to client needs
  • Proven capability to balance a variety of high priority projects simultaneously
  • Solid computer skills including extensive knowledge of specialized software related to assigned area(s) of responsibility
  • Fluent in English and primary language used in area of responsibility and/or location


  • Juris Doctor (JD) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association

Experience Requirements

  • Minimum four years of experience as an attorney (or equivalent substitute experience) in a firm or corporate setting.
  • Admitted to practice law in State of Wisconsin, or another U.S. state.
  • Intellectual property experience.
  • Admitted to US Patent Bar, preferred.
  • Engineering Degree and/or experience, preferred.



Briggs & Stratton, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, provides innovative products and diverse power solutions to help people get work done. Briggs & Stratton is the world’s largest producer of engines for outdoor power equipment, and is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of lithium-ion battery, standby generator, energy storage system, lawn and garden, turf care and job site products through its Briggs & Stratton®, Vanguard®, Ferris®, Simplicity®, Snapper®, Billy Goat®, Allmand®, SimpliPhi®, Branco® and Victa® brands. Briggs & Stratton products are designed, manufactured, marketed and serviced in more than 100 countries on six continents.


Briggs & Stratton is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. The Company conducts all employment practices without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran's status, pregnancy, genetic information, sexual orientation or any other basis prohibited by law. Briggs & Stratton also undertakes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for protected veterans.

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