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Principal Intellectual Property Attorney

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Date: Jan 20, 2023

Location(s): Juno Beach, FL, US, 33408

Company: NextEra Energy

Requisition ID:  67275 

Florida Power & Light Company is America’s largest electric company, providing clean, affordable, and reliable electricity to more than 12 million people in Florida. We operate one of the cleanest power generation fleets in the U.S. and our reliability is among the best in the nation. Our goal is to achieve Real Zero carbon emissions from our operations by 2045 by expanding our solar capacity, increasing battery storage and bringing new renewable energy opportunities to Florida, while improving customer affordability and reliability. Are you interested in becoming a game-changer in the energy industry?  Join our world-class team today! 


Position Specific Description

NextEra Energy (NEE) is the world’s leading clean energy provider based in Juno Beach, Florida. We are seeking a highly motivated and accomplished individual to work with the Strategy, General Counsel and leadership teams to support NEE’s intellectual property (IP) strategy. The role will have primary responsibility over IP matters for multiple NextEra business units and support our department objectives, including building and managing our IP portfolio.  The role will sit within Corporate Development and report to the Director & Senior Attorney – Intellectual Property for NextEra. This position is based in Juno Beach.


Key Responsibilities Include

  • Partnering with internal stakeholders (including engineers, project and leadership teams) to identify IP opportunities and build IP strategies for our businesses and projects.
  • Evaluating new IP for classification and protection, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret protection.
  • Providing patentability assessments to teams; guiding teams on whether to file, and if so, appropriate filing strategies.
  • With external counsel, drafting and prosecuting patent and trademark applications.
  • Strategically managing NEE’s patent and trademark portfolio.
  • Identifying and helping to maintain company trade secrets.
  • Training teams/inventors who develop IP on the importance of IP to the success of the company and how they can contribute to enhancing the breadth and strength of our IP portfolio by communicating and coordinating effectively within the organization.
  • Identifying IP monetization opportunities and supporting execution.
  • Executing defensive IP strategies to mitigate IP risks.
  • Negotiating IP agreements and IP aspects of commercial agreements.
  • Assisting with IP due diligence.
  • Analyzing financial impact of IP-related decisions.
  • Developing IP policies and procedures and regularly disseminating throughout the organization.
  • Tracking and reporting internal and competitive IP developments on a regular basis.
  • Maintaining IP expertise and patent practice to best advise teams and leadership; attend relevant conferences and join relevant networks.
  • Organizing and/or attending appropriate internal meetings.
  • Managing outside IP counsel.
  • Overseeing administrative aspects of IP management.
  • Other IP related duties as assigned.


Experience and Skills

  • At least 5-7 years of IP experience, preferably with law firm and in-house experience
  • Strong understanding of IP laws and processes
  • Strong understanding of IP business practices at a large company
  • Strong business judgment and the ability to think strategically
  • Experience managing a large IP portfolio
  • Experience licensing and selling IP
  • Excellent leadership skills and strong team player
  • Excellent analytical skills and scientific/technical expertise
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong intellectual curiosity and passion for NEE’s mission
  • Comfort working individually and in cross-functional teams
  • Accustomed to providing business-oriented solutions
  • Creative and collaborative approach to problem-solving
  • Ability to work efficiently both independently and in cross-functional teams, multitask with ease, and skillfully manage internal and external stakeholders
  • Organizational ability
  • Ability to adjust to shifting priorities
  • Good computer skills and familiarity with standard office software (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.)


Education Preference

  • BS in Engineering or Physical Sciences
  • USPTO Registration
  • JD from an accredited U.S. law school
  • Member in good standing of a state bar

Job Overview

Employees in this job participate in complex legal matters and projects and deliver timely and quality legal services to clients with moderate supervision.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

•   Provides written and oral legal advice to clients
•   Anticipates and guards against legal risks involving the organization
•   Works to ensure budget compliance and avoids the need for outside counsel
•   Ensures disclosure of potentially material legal issues to senior leadership
•   Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

•  Member in Good Standing of State Bar
•  High School Grad / GED
•  Juris Doctorate
•  Bachelor's Degree
•  Experience: 2+ years

Preferred Qualifications

•  None


Employee Group:  Exempt
Employee Type:  Full Time
Job Category:  Legal/Regulatory/External Affairs
Organization:  Florida Power & Light Company 
Relocation Provided:  Yes, if applicable


Where permitted by applicable law, NextEra Energy requires all employees and new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination on or before the first day of employment.


NextEra Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetics, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.


NextEra Energy provides reasonable accommodation in its application and selection process for qualified individuals, including accommodations related to compliance with conditional job offer requirements, consistent with federal, state, and local laws. Supporting medical or religious documentation will be required where applicable and permitted by applicable law. To request a reasonable accommodation, please send an e-mail to, providing your name, telephone number and the best time for us to reach you. Alternatively, you may call 1-844-694-4748. Please do not use this line to inquire about your application status.


NextEra Energy will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.


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