Litigation Counsel

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 in the legal department, including experts in all aspects of intellectual property, litigation, and corporate law. 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.

As a leader in these areas, Dolby is dedicated to the development of next-generation audio and video technologies. In order to continue that innovation, however, Dolby must also ensure that the technologies distributed by third parties are properly licensed. The Litigation Counsel position will assist with the technical and legal analysis of the inclusion of Dolby technology in third party products and support the resolution of disputes related to those products. Based in San Francisco, the position reports to Dolby's Senior Director of Litigation and Enforcement, within Dolby's overall Intellectual Property Protection team.


  • Support the Intellectual Property Protection team in all aspects of license compliance and enforcement, including pre-litigation dispute resolution efforts, ensuring effective termination, and/or other breach-of-contract matters.
  • Support day-to-day management of pending commercial and IP enforcement disputes, including both domestic and foreign pre-litigation, litigation, and arbitration. Function as an integral member of each litigation team, including close participation with outside counsel in formulating strategy, drafting pleadings, briefs, and managing discovery, including e-discovery.
  • Develop and execute strategic plans to assert various IP rights (contract, copyright, trademark, patent, and know-how) both domestically and abroad, in a variety of procedural contexts.
  • Assist with non-litigation enforcement matters, including working with various customs offices, investigation and enforcement at trade show events worldwide, use of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and other pre-litigation enforcement.
  • Draft and negotiate settlement agreements related to any of the foregoing.
  • Occasional management or participation in collections actions, including but not limited to, insolvency and/or bankruptcy proceedings in jurisdictions worldwide.
  • Educate members of worldwide Intellectual Property Protection team regarding litigation, contract interpretation, and dispute management best practices.
  • As needed from time-to-time, assist in Dolby's handling of other disputes related to a variety of potential matters in support of all of Dolby's non-licensing businesses as they arise, widely ranging from commercial disputes to other corporate matters. Emphasis on providing practical solutions to enable Dolby's diverse business teams.

  • Juris Doctor degree from top-tier law school and admitted to practice in at least one US jurisdiction (CA preferred).
  • 3-4 years post-graduate legal experience required, with at least 1-2 years in commercial and IP litigation (patent, trade secret, trademark, and/or copyright) strongly desired. Patent or trade secret experience preferred but not required.
  • Experience with commercial litigation, including contract, IP licensing, and/or open-source litigation.
  • Experience asserting IP and related license rights in litigation strongly desirable.
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science, electrical engineering, or closely related fields, or substantial post-graduate technical work in those areas, including software development or semiconductors strongly preferred.
  • Strategic approach to practice of law, with ability to formulate and execute legal strategies in support of business goals.
  • Ability to work independently to formulate and drive execution of legal strategies, including the ability to develop effective working relationships with business leaders across the company.

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.

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