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Position Summary: The Senior Counsel is responsible for developing and implementing strategies to advocate for the public interest in intellectual property policy, including patent reform and balanced IP laws that serve the interests of consumers, innovators, and technology users.
Position Status: Full-time
Location: Washington, D.C.
Reports to: Public Knowledge General Counsel
- Develop and implement strategies to advocate for balanced federal intellectual property policies and patent reform.
- Meet with key policymakers at the White House, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, the International Trade Commission, the Copyright Office, Congress, and elsewhere to build support for intellectual property reform.
- Convene and/or work in coalition with various stakeholder groups to develop priorities and strategies to achieve more balanced copyright policies and patent reform, and to implement those strategies.
- Make the case for intellectual property reform by gathering existing research and commissioning new research.
- Work with Public Knowledge’s General Counsel and legal team to select ”high impact” intellectual property cases in which to file amicus curiae briefs on behalf of Public Knowledge and its public interest allies.
- Work with Public Knowledge’s communications and campaign teams to develop communications and campaign strategies around intellectual property reform intended to educate and activate the public and policymakers.
- A law degree and at least five years of experience in intellectual property, communications, and/or other technology law and policy; OR a bachelor’s degree and more substantial experience in intellectual property, communications, and/or other technology law and policy.
- Experience with patent law and policy preferred, including practice experience in patent litigation and/or prosecution.
- Experience with copyright and related intellectual legal and policy issues.
- Experience with trade policies related to intellectual property.
- Substantial policy and/or political experience.
- Experience drafting legal documents such as briefs and model legislation.
- Ability to counsel senior management, including the ability to clearly and succinctly communicate risks on intellectual property or communications matters and policies.
- Knowledge of the authority and processes of relevant government agencies.
- Demonstrated ability to create legal defensive or proactive strategies.
- Proven leadership and /or management experience.
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
- High degree of professional ethics and integrity.
- Sound judgment and ability to analyze situations and information.
- Outstanding communication skills.
Compensation: Public Knowledge provides competitive compensation, excellent benefits, and opportunities for professional growth.
To Apply: Send a resume including salary history; cover letter stating your interest in Public Knowledge, and two writing samples (max. 5 pages each) to: firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject line “Senior Counsel.” Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until February 6, 2018; open until filled.
Internships and Fellowships
We are currently accepting applications for the Winter 2018 Global Policy Research and Analysis Extern, Internet Policy Post-Graduate Law Fellows, and Summer 2018 Legal Advocacy Interns. You can read about the open positions below. To learn about and apply for the Equal Justice Works Fellowship, click here.
To learn about Public Knowledge’s Internship and Fellowship programs, check out the videos at the bottom of this page and visit publicknowledge.org/AdvocacyTraining. Email email@example.com with questions.
Public Knowledge is currently hiring a Global Policy Research and Analysis Extern for Winter 2018. Applicants must be current J.D. or L.L.M. students and receive credit for the externship. Public Knowledge promotes freedom of expression, an open internet, and access to affordable communications tools and creative works. We work to shape policy on behalf of the public interest. Globally, Public Knowledge works with governments, companies, international agencies, and other organizations to improve the use of a human rights framework in shaping internet policy internationally.
We are looking for a Global Policy Research and Analysis Extern to focus on various research projects relating to freedom of expression, telecommunications policy, intellectual property, trade, universal jurisdiction, and cyber security. The extern will work on long and short policy-oriented research projects and blog posts. Ideally, the extern would read Spanish or Portuguese, but that is not a prerequisite.
Applicants must have a strong interest in the U.S. and global policy making process and a demonstrated interest in public interest (non-profit) technology policy, including issues arising under internet, telecommunications, copyright, patent, privacy, and international law.
To apply, send a cover letter describing your experience and interest in public interest work and Public Knowledge’s work, resume, law school transcript (unofficial is fine), two references, and a writing sample or excerpt of less than three pages to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are considered on a rolling basis.
Summary: Public Knowledge is seeking candidates who are graduating in Spring 2017 and Spring 2018 for public interest legal fellowships in the area of internet and communications policy. Candidates would work with Public Knowledge to secure a public interest sponsor, such as the candidate’s law school, Equal Justice Works, or another source.
Position: Policy Fellow
To learn about and apply for the Equal Justice Works Fellowship, click here.Position Summary: Public Knowledge fellowships provide an opportunity for recent graduates to learn valuable legal, analytical, and policy making skills in an on-the-job setting that includes advocacy with Congress and federal agencies. Fellows promote fundamental human rights in the digital economy by working to create and execute strategies that promote the open internet, balanced intellectual property rights, and communications competition. The fellowship length is one or two years, depending on the sponsor.
Essential Responsibilities and Tasks:
- Provide input, strategic advice, and advocacy to shape laws and regulations that support open internet policy, communications competition, and balanced intellectual property law. Serve as author on advocacy documents that support public interest positions.
- Partner with government relations and communications staff to develop and execute strategy on Capitol Hill, at the Federal Communications Commission, with other government agencies, in coalitions including other public interest groups, and with the press.
- Oversee, design, and facilitate development of presentations for meetings with policy makers, the press, internal staff, and other public interest groups.
- Develop expertise in a select set of national, and where appropriate, global or state-based Internet technology or related policy issues.
- Other responsibilities and tasks, as needed.
Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Ability:
- A Juris Doctor is required.
- Ability to digest and understand underlying legal or policy documents as a prerequisite to strategic and policy planning.
- Strong analytical skills, including the ability to think quickly and devise legislative and political strategies to attain a projected outcome.
- Substantive knowledge of some communications law and policy issues.
- Ability to conduct research and analyze data.
- Demonstrated dedication to the fight for civil liberties, human rights, and a more open and competitive communications environment.
- Excellent communications skills, including the ability to translate complex ideas into understandable written and oral statements and messages to persuade, influence, or inform others, including public opinion leaders and the media.
Compensation and Application Process:
Compensation is dependent on sponsor.
Application Process: To apply, please send a cover letter (including your experience and interest in public interest work), resume, transcript (official or unofficial), at least two references who can speak to your substantive work, and a writing sample or excerpt of less than five pages to email@example.com. Applications are considered on a rolling basis for Fall 2017.
Public Knowledge is currently hiring legal advocacy interns for summer 2018. Applicants must be current law students and must have a strong interest in the U.S. and global policy making process -- the U.S. Congress, the executive branch, and agencies such as the FCC. Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in public interest (non-profit) technology policy, including issues arising under internet, telecommunications, copyright, patent, privacy, and international law. Internships are generally about 10 weeks, approximately the first week of June to mid-August.
Public Knowledge is committed to ensuring that all interns are compensated for their work. We will work with exceptional candidates who do not receive funding from their schools to help secure alternate third-party sources of summer funding.
To apply, send a cover letter describing your experience and interest in public interest work and Public Knowledge’s work, resume, law school transcript (unofficial is fine), two references (preferably job-related), and a writing sample or excerpt of less than three pages to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis through April 1, 2018.
You can watch these videos to learn more about our Internship and Fellowship programs: