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At Lam Research, we create equipment that drives technological advancements in the semiconductor industry. Our innovative solutions enable chipmakers to power progress in nearly all aspects of modern life, and it takes each member of our team to make it possible.

Across our organization, our employees come to work and change the world. We take on the toughest challenges with precision and accuracy. We push for the next big semiconductor breakthrough. We lead the way in one of the most critical and fast-moving industries on the planet. And we do it together, with deep connections and limitless collaboration.

The impact we have on the world is made possible by focusing on our people. So we recognize and celebrate our teams’ achievements. We strive to create an inclusive and diverse culture where everyone’s contribution and voice has value. We evaluate and evolve our offerings, so our people receive the support and empowerment to do meaningful things for their lives, careers, and communities.

Because at Lam, we believe that when people are the priority and they’re inspired to unleash the power of innovation for a better world together, anything is possible.

Manager, Intellectual Property Counsel

Date:  Jul 13, 2024

Fremont, CA, US, 94538

Req ID:  182621
Worker Category:  Virtual Flex

The Group You’ll Be A Part Of

 The Legal Group protects us against risks and provides the framework for our ethical and compliant global business practices, enabling Lam to effectively navigate the landscape of the semiconductor industry. Their global government affairs team is responsible for advocating on behalf of Lam with public policymakers.


The Impact You'll Make

“As a trusted, collaborative partner to the world’s leading semiconductor companies, Lam Research is a fundamental enabler of the silicon roadmap. Today, nearly every advanced chip is built using Lam technology.

Our innovative wafer fabrication equipment and services allow chipmakers to build smaller, faster, and better performing electronic devices. We combine superior systems engineering, technology leadership, a strong values-based culture, and unwavering commitment to customer success to accelerate innovation, enabling our customers to shape the future.”

Within this framework, our IP Group is responsible for all aspects of Lam’s Intellectual Property. We are looking to fill an IP counsel position.


This position involves:

  • Strategizing and executing Lam’s IP strategy, program, and policies in a cross-functional team environment for Lam’s equipment and process technologies.  You will be working with chemistry, physics, RF, software, mechanical, and electrical engineering technologies.
  • Collaborating across the broader Legal team to address IP issues in transactions, agreements and disputes.
  • Managing Lam’s worldwide patent portfolios across multiple business organizations in the US and internationally.  
  • Managing adversarial and enforcement activities – freedom to operation, non-infringement, opposition, litigation etc. – including risk assessments and IP evaluation.
  • Managing outside counsel to execute and effect Lam’s IP strategy.

Who We're Looking For

  • Be a registered patent attorney, and one who wants to grow into a multi-faceted IP counsellor.
  • Have excellent interpersonal English-language communication skills: written, oral and presentation and be able to distill and communicate the essence of complex IP matters.
  • Have excellent legal and analytical skills coupled with a good business sense. A strong technical background is essential.
  • Be hard-working, dedicated, and motivated with a strong team-oriented approach. We are too close a team to accommodate ‘lone wolves.’
  • Able to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with short deadlines. Able to handle pressure.
  • Preferably have experience supporting cross-functional teams and supporting/developing IP programs in a corporate environment.
  • Be intellectually curious, creative, innovative, accessible and approachable.
  • Not have ‘sharp elbows!’ We are a co-operative group and will not tolerate people who aren’t team players. There are no exceptions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • J.D. from accredited law school, has a USPTO Registration Number, and depending on hiring location California or Oregon bar or admission to the bar in another US state with ability to join the Oregon Bar or be registered as in-house counsel in California.
  • 4+ years of legal experience in a top law firm and/or high-tech in-house legal departments.
  • Experienced in patent portfolio management, patent drafting, patent litigation, and IP due diligence.  
  • Background or experience in the semiconductor industry with an ability to understand advanced semiconductor fabrication technologies.
  • B.S. in semiconductor related discipline: Physics, Materials Science, Chemistry, or Electrical Engineering preferred.

Our Commitment


We believe it is important for every person to feel valued, included, and empowered to achieve their full potential. By bringing unique individuals and viewpoints together, we achieve extraordinary results.

Lam Research ("Lam" or the "Company") is an equal opportunity employer. Lam is committed to and reaffirms support of equal opportunity in employment and non-discrimination in employment policies, practices and procedures on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status or any other category protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. It is the Company's intention to comply with all applicable laws and regulations. Company policy prohibits unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees.

Lam offers a variety of work location models based on the needs of each role. Our hybrid roles combine the benefits of on-site collaboration with colleagues and the flexibility to work remotely and fall into two categories – On-site Flex and Virtual Flex. ‘On-site Flex’ you’ll work 3+ days per week on-site at a Lam or customer/supplier location, with the opportunity to work remotely for the balance of the week. ‘Virtual Flex’ you’ll work 1-2 days per week on-site at a Lam or customer/supplier location, and remotely the rest of the time.

Our Perks and Benefits

At Lam, our people make amazing things possible. That’s why we invest in you throughout the phases of your life with a comprehensive set of outstanding benefits. Discover more at


CA San Francisco Bay Area Salary Range for this position: $129,000.00 -  $276,000.00

The above salary range for this position is relevant to applicants that reside or work onsite in the California, San Francisco Bay Area only. Salary offers will depend on factors that include the location you work from, your level, education, training, specific skills, years of experience and comparison to other employees already in this role. Actual salary may vary from salary offered due to numerous factors including but not limited to unpaid time off, unpaid leave, company mandated shutdown, and other relevant factors.

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