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Principal Legal Counsel

Location: Washington, United States
Job Category: Human Resources

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Based in San Jose, California, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. (SSI) is a multi-billion dollar subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, Ltd. and a world leader in Memory, System LSI and LCD technologies.  We provide the widest range of memory, logic, storage devices, LED components and LCD/OLED panels to enhance the user experience in home entertainment, mobile devices, lighting and computing. SSI has advanced R&D labs focused on product design and research in memory, displays, logic, image sensors, and mobile technologies. 

The Principal Legal Counsel will be on the IP Team and handle all semiconductor business related IP matters including patent litigation, negotiation, contract, and prosecution.



  • Managing patent litigation matters, driving strategy with outside counsel and partnering with key internal clients
  • Participating in key litigation proceedings, including depositions, hearings, mediations, arbitrations, settlement conferences, and trials
  • Providing expert counsel on all patent litigation and related issues
  • Negotiating and drafting settlement agreements
  • Reporting on a broad range of patent litigation issue
  • Work collaboratively as part of the team to make litigation strategy with the HQ's IP team and outside counsels
  • Collaborating across the broader Legal team to address IP issues in agreements and disputes
  • Managed law firms to improve quality and save litigation cost.
  • Handled litigation proceedings in the United States



  • Juris Doctor ( J.D.) degree from a top tier American Bar Association accredited law school
  • BS degree in engineering or physics
  • Member in good standing of the California Bar
  • Passed the USPTO bar
  • 7+ years of major law firm and/or in-house patent litigation experience
  • Excellent communication, analytical, organization, and negotiation skills
  • Ability to convey and discuss intellectual property issues in understandable terms
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize effectively multiple projects simultaneously



  • Significant knowledge of semiconductor circuits, semiconductor manufacturing processes and circuits





Samsung Semiconductor Inc. (SSI), an equal opportunity employer, is a world leader in Memory, System LSI, and LCD technologies. Headquartered in San Jose, California, SSI is a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.- the second largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world and the industry's volume and technology leader in DRAM, NAND Flash, SSDs, mobile DRAM and graphics memory. It is one of the largest providers of system logic, imaging and LED lighting solutions, as well as providing advanced process design and manufacturing for fabless companies. Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. also has a research and innovation center with numerous labs providing product design and research in: logic, memory, image sensors, displays and mobile technologies. In addition, the company supports Samsung Display Company, the largest producer of LCD and OLED displays.


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