Motorola Solutions
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Chicago, IL

Intellectual Property Counsel at Motorola Solutions

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Company Overview

Motorola Solutions is there for our customers when everything is on the line. In extreme moments — when a hurricane lands or when a fire breaks out. And in everyday moments — when a package arrives just in time for the holiday or when a child doesn’t miss the school bus home. 

We unify voice, data, video and analytics in one integrated ecosystem to enable individuals, businesses and communities to work together in more powerful ways. To help people make better decisions, act confidently and be their best in the moments that matter. Bring your passion, potential and talents to Motorola Solutions and connect with a career that matters.

Department Overview
Legal team
Job Description

The successful candidate will support a variety of stakeholders across Motorola Solutions, Inc. (“MSI”) and its affiliates, serving as primary counsel for global intellectual property matters, as well as leading MSI’s worldwide trademark and brand practice. The IP Counsel will partner closely with other members of the IP and commercial legal teams, together with senior leaders within the business units, to provide counsel on a variety of new and existing product offerings. The IP Counsel provides pragmatic, day-to-day and strategic advice to technology leaders, with a view towards minimizing IP risks while advancing business goals and initiatives. Additionally, the IP Counsel serves as a strategic partner to business leaders, identifying opportunities to leverage global IP assets for business advantage.


  • Provide guidance to internal business teams on a wide range of intellectual property issues and opportunities. 

  • Review, negotiate, draft, interpret and analyze IP elements of MSI commercial agreements, including sales contracts, procurement contracts and RFP documents.

  • Advise multiple internal stakeholders across product development, accounting, finance, and procurement throughout the product development cycle (research / ideation / creation / launch / market strategy) on a broad range of intellectual property issues, including patent protection, software licensing and brand strategies.

  • Assist the commercial legal team by providing guidance relative to risks associated with IP indemnity provisions, software licensing terms and trademark usage. 

  • Supervise staff in the areas of trademark portfolio management, software licensing and global brand protection.

  • Oversee the brand enforcement program using internal and external resources.


  • Strength in assessing complex product offerings (e.g., cloud computing, SaaS, data analytics) and related commercial agreements; identifying and solving potential IP issues, particularly in the areas of IP ownership, indemnification and software licensing.

  • Ability to engage individuals and teams to ensure timely project completion and optimal client outcomes.

  • Comfortable working with senior business and technical leaders to understand their unique needs, developing action plans and affirming progress throughout the process.

  • Leadership qualities needed to manage legal professionals, stressing teamwork and collaboration, role-modeling best practices and developing their skills to meet the needs of the business.

Preferred Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline, preferably engineering or computer science.

  • Juris doctor and admission to the bar in at least one state.

  • Admission to, and current good-standing with, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • 7+ years in the tech industry, with experience in telecom, networking or communications preferred.

Basic Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree and 7+ years of experience

Vaccine Requirement

Motorola Solutions has implemented a voluntary COVID-19 vaccination policy. We strongly encourage all employees to be fully vaccinated. Any employee who is not vaccinated must wear a mask at all times when at a Motorola Solutions site or otherwise meeting with other Motorola Solutions employees or customers. Employees who have submitted proof of vaccination must follow site-specific or local mask requirements. Additionally, certain local governments or Motorola Solutions' customers may have vaccine requirements that apply to some of our employees.

Travel Requirements
Relocation Provided
Position Type
Referral Payment Plan

Our U.S. Benefits include:

  • Incentive Bonus Plans
  • Medical, Dental, Vision benefits effective Day 1
  • 401K with Company Match and Day 1 vesting
  • 9 Paid Holidays
  • Generous Paid Time Off Packages
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
  • Paid Parental & Family Leave
  • and more!

EEO Statement

Motorola Solutions is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran's status, or, any other protected characteristic.

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Where we are

Located in the West Loop, one block from Ogilvie Train Station and Union Train Station. The office is also close to multiple CTA stops.

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What are Motorola Solutions Perks + Benefits

Motorola Solutions Benefits Overview

Our U.S. Benefits include:
- Incentive Bonus Plans
- Medical, Dental, Vision benefits effective Day 1
- 401K with Company Match and Day 1 vesting
- 9 Paid Holidays
- Generous Paid Time Off Packages
- Employee Stock Purchase Plan
- Paid Parental & Family Leave
- and more!

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Highly diverse management team
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Match charitable contributions
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Remote Work Program
Our remote work program includes telecommuting at Manager discretion.
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Game Room
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Time allotted for learning
Online course subscriptions available
Paid industry certifications

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