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Licensing Counsel

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Date: May 13, 2022

Location: San Francisco, US

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 theaters to smartphones. We continue to revolutionize 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.



The successful candidate will be a self-starter and eager learner who is responsible for supporting Dolby’s technology licensing program, product development, and consulting services. The position interacts extensively with senior management and requires mature judgment and the ability to work effectively as a contributing member of the team with minimal direction.



  • Support the standard technology licensing program of Dolby technologies and create licensing programs for new initiatives, which will include negotiating standard agreements and ability to escalate issues to the business or legal leadership as necessary
  • Advise the company on the acquisition, development, and commercialization of third-party technologies and related intellectual property matters
  • Counsel senior management in connection with complex transactional matters associated with licensing and collaboration agreements, intellectual property licensing strategies and protection of intellectual property rights
  • Negotiate and draft complex technology transfer and business development, and intellectual property licensing agreements
  • Work with sales and marketing organizations within the Company to develop guidelines and agreement templates, negotiate program agreements, and develop and define program criteria and processes
  • Provide guidance to sales teams as to legal workflows and processes, which includes working with contract administrators for contract execution and program set-up
  • Provide information and training to internal groups as required
  • Participate in internal working groups or taskforces as legal representative
  • Provide such other corporate, licensing, and intellectual property management support as may be assigned by supervisor


Required Qualifications

  • Good sense of humor and the ability to contribute to a collegial environment
  • Juris Doctor degree and admitted to practice in at least one US jurisdiction (CA preferred)
  • A minimum of 4-7 years legal experience
  • Strong writing and communication skills, to the degree necessary to enable the candidate to present ideas, opinions, and recommendations clearly, articulately, and with confidence to senior management
  • Negotiation skills and experience
  • Self-initiative and ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Superior organization and project management skills


Desirable Qualifications​​​​​​​

  • Knowledge of patent and antitrust law, experience with IP litigation, especially patent litigation, and/or familiarity with open source software licensing is a plus but not required
  • Familiarity with standards setting organizations and standards obligations is a plus but not required
  • Experience with working in a distributed team structure across different geographical locations






Dolby will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of San Francisco Police Code, Article 49, and Administrative Code, Article 12


Equal Employment Opportunity:
Dolby is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Our success depends on the combined skills and talents of all our employees. We are committed to making employment decisions without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, marital status, family status, medical condition, disability, military service, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions or any other classification protected by federal, state, and local laws and ordinances.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland