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Senior Corporate Counsel - IP and Licensing (US Remote)

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Date: Nov 19, 2022

Location: Canonsburg, PA, US, 15317 Boston, MA, US, 02205-9761 San Jose, CA, US, 95134 Baltimore, MD, US, 21229-9998 Chicago, IL, US, 60699-9208 Atlanta, GA, US, 30324 Austin, TX, US, 78746 San Diego, CA, US, 92121 Seattle, WA, US, 98121

Company: Ansys

Ansys is the global leader in engineering simulation. We empower the world’s most innovative companies to deliver transformational products to their customers. By offering the best and broadest portfolio of engineering simulation software solutions, we help our customers solve the most complex design challenges and engineer products limited only by imagination. Whether you are a software developer, product engineer, sales team member, or part of our corporate team, at Ansys we know that by embracing what makes us each unique, we become collectively better.



Summary / Role Purpose

As the Senior Legal Counsel -- IP and Licensing in the Legal, IP and Risk department (“LIR”) at Ansys, the candidate will be an experienced attorney collaborating across the company, including with the product organization, the office of the CTO, sales organization, and corporate development, to support all aspects of IP protection, IP management, licensing, and other transactions. This will include providing legal advice and counsel regarding Ansys’ software, inventions, patents, open source software compliance, trademarks, copyrights, licenses and other agreements. The Senior Legal Counsel will work with the product development and product marketing teams to draft and negotiate IP terms for various agreements such as software license agreements, collaboration agreements, and cloud services agreements.


Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Advise the company on IP matters
  • Support the company’s patent, trademark, and copyright protection strategies and portfolios; help manage patent and trademark prosecution
  • Draft and negotiate IP and technology license terms of various agreements, including software license agreements, cloud and other types of services agreements, collaboration agreements, and strategic partnership agreements
  • Advise the company on open source compliance matters


Minimum Education/Certification Requirements and Experience

  • JD degree 
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience as an IP attorney
  • Experience protecting inventions and managing patent prosecution in the software area
  • Experience with drafting and negotiating various types of license agreements and other agreements, including software license agreements


Preferred Qualifications and Skills

  • Experience with software products, protection and licensing
  • Experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the software area
  • Experience with open-source software compliance issues
  • Experience working with software developers
  • Experience with license compliance issues, including license breaches, copyright infringements, and software pirating


At Ansys, our diverse, collaborative teams give us the strength and insight to solve the world’s most challenging engineering problems. Our ONE Ansys culture has at its core:

  • Customer Focus
  • Results and Accountability
  • Innovation
  • Transparency and Integrity
  • Mastery
  • Inclusiveness
  • Sense of Urgency
  • Collaboration and Teamwork


At Ansys, you will find yourself among the sharpest minds and most visionary leaders across the globe. Collectively we strive to change the world with innovative technology and transformational solutions. With a prestigious reputation in servicing well-known, world-class companies, standards at Ansys are high – met by those willing to rise to the occasion and meet those challenges head-on. At Ansys, it’s about the learning, the discovery and the collaboration. It’s about the “what’s next” as much as the “mission accomplished.” And it’s about the melding of disciplined intellect with strategic direction and results that have, can and do impact real people in real ways. All this is forged within a working environment built on respect, autonomy and ethics.
At Ansys, you will find yourself among those eager to drive the world towards the next best thing with hands planted firmly on the wheel. Our team is passionate about pushing the limits of world-class simulation technology, empowering our customers to turn their design concepts into successful, innovative products faster and at lower cost.  As a measure of our success in attaining these goals, Ansys has been recognized as one of the world's most innovative companies by prestigious publications such as Bloomberg Businessweek and FORTUNE magazines.
Ansys is an S&P 500 company and a member of the NASDAQ-100. We are proud to have been recognized for the following awards: Bay Area Best Places to Work, a Pillar World Awards Gold Winner, Fast Company Best Places to Work for Innovators, a Gold Stevie Award for Great Employers, the FORTUNE Future 50, a DCA Silver Winner, an R&D100 Finalist, a 20% by 2020 Women on Boards winner, a 2020 Pittsburgh Tech 50 – finalist, and America’s Most Responsible Companies.
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We are committed to creating a culture of inclusion and belonging where everyone thrives as ONE Ansys team.

Ansys is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.
Ansys does not accept unsolicited referrals for vacancies, and any unsolicited referral will become the property of Ansys. Upon hire, no fee will be owed to the agency, person, or entity.


Nearest Major Market: Pittsburgh