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Danaher Corporation Intellectual Property Counsel in Houston, Texas

Leica Biosystems’ mission of “Advancing Cancer Diagnostics, Improving Lives” is at the heart of our corporate culture. We’re a global leader in cancer diagnostics with the most comprehensive portfolio from biopsy to diagnosis. Our easy-to-use and consistently reliable offerings help improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence.

Our associates know that every moment matters when it comes to cancer diagnostics. When you come to work, you’re helping develop solutions that enable accurate diagnoses to turn anxiety into answers. Join our diverse, global team of talented people, and be inspired to grow every day. If you want to feel passionate about the purpose of your work, we want to hear from you!

Leica Biosystems is proud to work alongside a community of six fellow Diagnostics Companies at Danaher. Together, we’re working at the pace of change to improve patient lives with diagnostic tools that address the world’s biggest health challenges.

As IP Counsel you will provide IP legal advice to the Imaging portion of the Advanced Staining and Imaging business unit and the Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning strategic business unit (BUs) with a particular emphasis on digital pathology, imaging technology, software, and artificial intelligence in the cancer diagnostic industry. This position will work directly with engineers, scientists, marketers, and others involved in research and product development on IP matters as well as sales and the global Leica Biosystems IP/Legal Team. The IP Counsel will provide IP legal advice in all areas of IP, including IP portfolio development & maintenance and the IP aspects of agreements (such as partnerships, JVs, licensing agreements, etc.) With a strong foundation in software and hardware related IP, this is an excellent opportunity to grow your career in the medical device industry.

Major Responsibilities

  • Serves as trusted legal counsel on all IP issues (with a particular focus on invention harvesting, IP portfolio development & management, IP training, patent preparation & prosecution, freedom to operate, landscape searches, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights), locally and globally, by providing solid, timely, proactive, cost effective, and practical IP legal advice.

  • Builds and maintains a comprehensive understanding of Leica Biosystems’ IP, products and businesses, its goals and challenges, and identifies and successfully executes appropriate IP strategies to achieve those goals and minimize those challenges.

  • Manages outside counsel and prepares and prosecutes patent applications with a focus on quality, output, and cost across various countries related to cancer diagnostic technologies, including digital pathology, medical imaging, and artificial intelligence software.

  • Drafts and negotiates IP-related aspects of agreements (e.g., licensing agreements, master service agreements, SDKs, EULAs, collaboration agreements, tech transfer agreements, NDAs, M&A, etc.).

  • Willing to work on the smallest and simplest, as well as the most complex, IP matters.

Required Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor with active bar admission in good standing in at least one US jurisdiction.

  • Registered to practice before the USPTO.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science, Engineering (Electrical, Computer, Biomedical), or related field equivalent.

  • 5-8 years post-bar admission in a law firm and/or in-house experience with hands-on experience drafting, prosecuting, and managing US and international patent applications directed to imaging, software, and hardware devices.

  • Experience counseling clients on patentability, patent infringement, patent validity matters, freedom to operate, landscape searches, invention harvesting, portfolio development & management, trademark, trade secret, and copyright matters.

  • Experience drafting, negotiating, and conducting due diligence for the IP aspects of agreements (e.g., licensing agreements, master service agreements, collaboration/partnership agreements, tech transfer agreements, NDAs, JVs, M&A agreements, etc.).

  • Highly collaborative and demonstrated success in giving practical, timely, proactive, pragmatic, cost-effective, and straightforward legal advice to clients in a collaborative environment.

Travel: Approximately 15% travel Domestic and infrequent International travel. Subject to adjustment dependent on company travel policy post COIVD-19 pandemic.

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This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. The incumbent is expected to perform other duties necessary for the effective operation of the department or unit. This job description may be changed at any time.



When you join us, you’ll also be joining Danaher’s global organization, where 80,000 people wake up every day determined to help our customers win. As an associate, you’ll try new things, work hard, and advance your skills with guidance from dedicated leaders, all with the support of powerful Danaher Business System ( tools and the stability of a tested organization.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are committed to equal opportunity regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. We value diversity and the existence of similarities and differences, both visible and not, found in our workforce, workplace and throughout the markets we serve. Our associates, customers and shareholders contribute unique and different perspectives as a result of these diverse attributes.The EEO posters are available here ( .We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us at to request accommodation. If you’ve ever wondered what’s within you, there’s no better time to find out.