R&D Counsel

Take your place among the best in the business, and grow your career with ATS Automation. Join an environment where a passion for innovation is combined with an uncompromised commitment to quality. 

Reporting to the General Counsel, ATS Automation's Corporate legal team is seeking an R&D Counsel.



To develop and implement a global IP program, addressing strategy, development, capture, and leveraging of IP across all industry segments that ATS serves.  As part of this mandate, the role will be an integral part of the ATS Innovation Centre (“AIC”), influencing strategy and direction.

Responsibilities of this role will include:

  • Working with business leaders to set and implement appropriate IP strategies to achieve business objectives

  • Fostering a strong IP program by:

    • contributing to the through patent landscape analysis, monitoring of market trends, etc.;

    • fostering through inventor recognition programs, internal communications, etc.;

    • promoting the as part the ATS culture through site visits, invention disclosure processes, patent mining sessions, etc.;

    • developing an appropriate education and communication program company-wide;

    • developing KPIs and metrics to monitor impact and success;

    • supporting the of IP through educating the sales force on areas of competitive advantage (i.e. protected IP), assisting with marketing materials, regularly meeting with senior management;

    • continuously assessing market technology in order to educate the sales force on our competitive advantage and to assist the innovation group in strategy development; and

    • visiting locations across the globe and proactively educating and working with local technical people to develop, identify, protect and leverage IP;

A robust internal education, communication, and reach out program will be key contributors to maintaining this as part of our culture


Why join ATS?

  • Managing our patent and trademark portfolio, including overseeing external counselon preparation and prosecution, opining on freedom to operate, litigation etc.;

  • Responsibility for IP budget;

  • Providing advice with respect to IP clauses in commercial agreements;

  • Drafting and negotiating IP-centric agreements as directed; and

  • Providing IP advice on major transactions and acquisitions, including due diligence activities.

Be part of a collegial and collaborative team of 10+ lawyers at a public company with plans for significant growth. Challenging and interesting work serving customers from diverse industries, including pharmaceuticals, automotive, and consumer goods. Interact with colleagues and customers across the globe. Comprehensive benefits (including health, dental, employer RRSP match program, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, and employee assistance program).


ATS is in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act (AODA), 2005 and will, upon request, assist those who may require specific accommodations due to a personal disability. We would ask that those who require assistance to notify our offices as soon as possible if accommodation is necessary.

 ATS Automation welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

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