November 28th, 2005 by John Wilbanks
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Title: Counsel, Science Commons
Commons is a technology-based charitable corporation with offices in
Boston, San Francisco, London and Berlin. CC explores novel ways
to reduce barriers to the effective exchange of knowledge and
information and to fortify the public domain. CC has developed
creative software applications that enable authors to easily express
permissions for use of their work. The recently-launched Science
Commons division addresses mechanisms to promote and protect the
ability of researchers to widely share data and materials and to reduce
IP barriers to the adoption of new technology.
CC seeks full-time counsel for its Science Commons division located on
the MIT campus in Cambridge, MA.
• JD degree.
• Substantial experience applying intellectual
property law to scientific research, including patent and copyright
• Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
including listening, public speaking, and superior writing skills. and
a record of interaction
• Negotiation experience with academic scientists,
attorneys, and/or business development professionals.
• Ability to attend to detail, grasp technical
information, establish priorities, manage multiple projects, and bring
extended projects to completion.
• Ability to seek innovative solutions without losing
sight of practical objectives.
• Highest level of ethics and integrity in
• Experience in basic computer software applications
(e.g., Word and Excel).
Preferred Qualifications include:
• License to practice law in Massachusetts or
• Bachelor’s degree in engineering or the biological
• Familiarity with open access, open publishing
• Grace under pressure.
• Oversee and implement Science Commons’ legal
• Advise on legal policies and ongoing legal issues
that arise for Science Commons and for the various Science Commons
• Review, draft and negotiate model licensing
agreements and other legal documents.
• Respond appropriately to public queries about
Science Commons, Creative Commons’ licenses, general licensing and
intellectual property law issues.
• Review and draft grant applications, press releases
and other documentation necessary to promote Science Commons.
• Represent Science Commons publicly in a variety of
fora including at
conferences, with stakeholders and potential partners
(1) a letter of application, describing experience, qualifications, and
salary expectations and
(2) a resume including the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of
three (3) professional references.
Send all materials and any additional questions by email to email@example.com.
John Wilbanks, Executive Director
c/o MIT CSAIL
References will not be contacted without the permission of the
applicant and not before the initial screening of applications has