Associate General Counsel - Attorney
Company: Armstrong World Industries
Posted on: November 23, 2022
Primary location: Hybrid/Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Relocation offered: Yes
Employment status: Full-Time
Individual pay is based upon location, skills and expertise,
experience and other relevant factors
What does it mean to work at Armstrong?
It means being immersed in a supportive culture that recognizes you
as a key player in Armstrong's future. We are a large company with
a local feel, where you will get to know and collaborate with
leadership and your colleagues across the company.
By joining us, you'll have the opportunity to make the most of your
potential. Alongside a competitive remuneration package, you will
A benefits package including: medical, dental, prescription drug,
life insurance, 401k match, long-term disability coverage, vacation
and sick time, product discount programs and many more.
Personal development to grow your career with us based on your
strengths and interests.
A casual work environment where we have a recognition program for
our team, and service awards. You will also be able to make the
most of our fitness center and lunchtime cafe.
A working culture that balances individual achievement with
teamwork and collaboration. We draw on each other's strengths and
allow for different work styles to build engagement and
satisfaction to deliver results.
Reporting to the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief
Compliance Officer, the Director, Intellectual Property and
Associate General Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice
and counsel regarding a wide range of intellectual property
matters, including preparation, prosecution and analysis of U.S.
and foreign patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets;
analyzing third party patents, infringement and licensing
strategies and negotiations; managing intellectual property
enforcement and litigation; supporting trademark and branding
programs, and anti-counterfeit initiatives; and innovation
identification and protection programs. Reviewing, drafting,
negotiating, and administering non-disclosure agreements, service
agreements, joint-development agreements, licensing agreements and
providing support on other commercial contracts. Intellectual
property support of complex business development (M&A)
The incumbent will perform legal analysis and provide timely,
effective, and practical guidance in a fast-paced in-house setting
under the direction of the company's General Counsel.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other
duties may be assigned.
- Identifies, analyzes, and assesses legal risks.
- Prepares, prosecutes, and maintains patent and trademark
- Provides professional advice, counseling, and oversight to
internal clients regarding intellectual property on a reactive and
- Sets legal and/or risk mitigation policies and procedures for
intellectual property creation and protection.
- Provides legal training to internal clients on intellectual
- Works collaboratively with in-house staff attorneys and
- Engages in routine interaction and privileged communications
with multiple levels of the company.
- Provides management and oversight of outside counsel.
- Legal Assistant & Sustainability Analyst (1)
Travel: Moderate; less than 10%.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to
perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed
below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability
required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
- Professional maturity and elevated level of discretion and
- Ability to work independently and as part of a dynamic
- Ability to work in a matrix organization.
- Excellent analytical skills and ability to think
- Ability to oversee outside counsel.
Physical and Mental Demands
The demands described here are representative of those that must be
met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions
of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly
required to: sit for prolonged periods; repetitive motion of
hands/wrists/fingers; concentrate and repeat the same physical or
mental activities over and over; think analytically and be exact or
highly accurate; make decisions such as to identify complex
problems, develop options and implement solutions; work in a team;
ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with
the ADAAA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards; pay
attention to and remember details; communicate effectively
including active listening to understand points being made, and
asking appropriate questions and not interrupting inappropriately;
speak to convey information effectively; write to communicate
effectively as appropriate for the needs of the audience; read to
understand work related documents; move between different physical
locations within and between buildings; and push, pull, carry and
lift in the normal course of travel.
The work environment characteristics described here are
representative of those an employee encounters while performing the
functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
functions. Requires working indoors in environmentally controlled
conditions with standard level of noise common to an office
environment including office equipment and co-workers speaking to
each other and on phones. Employees are required to wear personal
protective equipment when entering the floor of manufacturing
facilities based on the specific requirements of each location.
Education and/or Experience
- Juris Doctor degree from top tier accredited law school.
- 10+ years demonstrated experience in Intellectual Property Law,
including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, in a
medium to large sized law firm or in-house legal department.
- Experience leading a company through implementation of a value
adding, cost effective intellectual property program.
- Experience managing others.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
- Licensed to practice law in at least one state in the United
- If not licensed in PA, then willing and able to secure an
in-house license in PA.
- Licensed as a patent attorney with the US Patent and Trademark
- See Senior Leader (Grade 15-17) competencies.
Other Skills and Abilities
- Delivers practical and proactive counseling, training and
support to business units and corporate functions.
- Develops and delivers solutions to enable operational and
strategic objectives and growth initiatives.
- Develops and maintains appropriate risk management
- Utilizes transparent, collaborative, and open
- Promotes and ensures compliance with applicable laws and
- Prioritizes the integrity, values and ethical standards set out
in the company's Code of Business Conduct.
- Delivers consistent standard of counseling.
- Seeks alignment with business and strategic initiatives.
- Demonstrates strong working knowledge of functional focus
Why should you join Armstrong World Industries?
Armstrong World Industries (AWI) is a leader in the design and
manufacture of innovative commercial and residential ceiling, wall
and suspension system solutions in the Americas. With approximately
$1B in revenue, AWI has about 2,800 employees and a manufacturing
network of fifteen facilities in North America.
At home, at work, in healthcare facilities, classrooms, stores, or
restaurants, we offer interior solutions that help to enhance
comfort, save time, improve building efficiency and overall
performance, and create beautiful spaces.
For more than 150 years, we have built our business on trust and
integrity. It set us apart then, and it sets us apart now, along
with our ability to collaborate with and innovate for the people
we're here to serve - our customers, our shareholders, our
communities and our employees.
We are committed to developing new and sustainable ceiling
solutions, with design and performance possibilities that make a
positive difference in spaces where we live, work, learn, heal and
play. It's an exciting, rewarding business to be in, and we're
committed to continue to grow and prosper for the benefit of all of
our stakeholders. We hope you join us.
Our Sustainability Ambition
"Bringing our Purpose to Life" - lead a transformation in the
design and building of spaces fit for today and tomorrow.
We are committed to:
- Engaging a diverse, purpose-driven workforce;
- Transforming buildings from structures that shelter into
structures that serve and preserve the health and well-being of
people and planet;
- Pursuing sustainable, innovative solutions for spaces where we
live, work, learn heal and play;
- Being a catalyst for change with all of our stakeholders;
- Making a positive difference in the environments and
communities we impact.
About the location (Lancaster PA)
Lancaster, PA. A great central location in South Central
Pennsylvania, Lancaster is ideally situated for easy access to
major metropolitan cities such as Philadelphia, Baltimore,
Washington DC, and New York City. Lancaster offers a vibrant arts
and entertainment community with wonderful historic sites,
B&Bs, museums, great shopping, entertainment venues and
Armstrong is committed to engaging a diverse, purpose-driven
workforce. As part of our dedication to diversity, AWI is committed
to Equal Employment Opportunity and all qualified applicants
receive consideration for employment without regard for race, sex,
color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran
status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or
religion. We are also committed to providing reasonable
accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and
disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need
assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact
us at by email at AWI talent acquisition and let us know the nature
of your request and your contact information. Requests for
accommodation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please
note that only inquiries concerning a request for reasonable
accommodation will be responded to from this email address.
Come and build your future with us and apply today!
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