Patent Counsel

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Date: May 25, 2023

Location: Dublin, IE Remote Ireland, IE

Company: Dolby Laboratories, Inc.

Join the leader in entertainment innovation and help us design the future. At Dolby, science meets art, and high tech means more than computer code. As a member of the Dolby team, you’ll see and hear the results of your work everywhere, from movie theatres to smartphones. We continue to revolutionise how people create, deliver, and enjoy entertainment worldwide. To do that, we need the absolute best talent. We’re big enough to give you all the resources you need and small enough so you can make a real difference and earn recognition for your work. We offer a collegial culture, challenging projects, and excellent compensation and benefits.

  • This role requires qualification or near qualification as a European Patent Attorney.
  • The European Patent Office (EPO) is central to Dolby’s global patent prosecution activities; the ideal candidate will be a qualified European Patent Attorney and have a technical background in electronics/software/computer-implemented inventions closely related to Dolby’s core technologies (audio and video processing).
  • The candidate will work in a highly complex legal and technical environment and is expected to substantially influence and support Dolby’s in-house patent prosecution and filing activities (globally and regionally).
  • Previous in-house experience is preferred but not necessary.

He/she will be responsible for obtaining an adequate scope of protection for Dolby’s patent applications from his/her patent prosecution activities with the European Patent Office. He/she will directly deal with the EPO (verbally and in writing), representing Dolby as a patent attorney, and sign the official paperwork. Some original applications and reply drafts are expected to be drafted by the candidate – while making sure that said work products align with Dolby’s business needs (licensing and products).  The results obtained by the candidate in the international phase before the EPO serve as a blueprint for further patent prosecution in other jurisdictions worldwide (global impact).

  • On a regional level, the candidate is expected to provide patent  advice and support to Dolby’s six R&D & engineering offices in Europe as needed.
  • The candidate will need to lead by influence and be able to organize, conduct and successfully and efficiently conclude internal meetings with other Dolby experts of all levels – as well as with external parties such as IP law firms and consultants.
  • Significant initiative in suggesting and implementing highly-detailed global patent filing and prosecution strategies and their continuous improvement is expected, including self-initiated own assignments – in transatlantic collaboration with both legal and technical experts.
  • He/she will work mostly independently. 
  • The role is one of the founding roles for Dolby Ireland and plays a critical part in building the Dublin hub culture and resiliency. 
  • Ability to evaluate data and make decisions quickly that will minimize risk while delivering the most value for the company, even when there is ambiguity.
  • Contemplate decisions and trade-offs through the lens of what will deliver the most value for the company.
  • Think and act with speed. In times of uncertainty or when things simply don’t go as planned – pivot and demonstrate adaptability.
  • Create an environment where diversity and different points of view are valued. 
  • Lead change with colleagues and stakeholders when necessary.


Dolby Hiring Entity:

Dolby Ireland