Intellectual Property Counsel

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Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is part of the J.D. Irving Group of companies and is in the business of building quality ships and repairing vessels. The company’s primary site is Halifax Shipyard, with three other locations in the Maritime Provinces. Irving Shipbuilding is currently working on a number of significant projects for the Department of National Defence and has been chosen to build 15 Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) vessels for the Royal Canadian Navy under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) (CSC Project). 

The Intellectual Property Counsel role is a full-time position. Reporting to the Vice-President and General Counsel, the Intellectual Property Counsel will work closely with the CSC Project team, supported by an Intellectual Property Paralegal, and advise on all intellectual property aspects of the CSC Project. 


  • Provide timely, responsive and proactive legal advice on all intellectual property aspects of the CSC Project.
  • Advise the CSC Project team on the development and management of an intellectual property database for the CSC Project. 
  • Work with other members of the Legal Department and CSC Project team to review and assess intellectual property related issues in the context of defence and commercial contracts for the CSC Project and other projects, as required.
  • Develop and implement intellectual property related processes and procedures for the CSC Project and Legal Department and conduct any necessary training.
  • Assist in the negotiation of intellectual property terms and agreements.
  • Advise on disputes that develop with third parties concerning intellectual property.
  • Monitor and advise on legal developments that may impact the CSC Project.
  • Supervise the Intellectual Property Paralegal on a day to day basis.
  • Provide advice to the CSC Project team on other contractual matters.


  • A Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree or Bachelors of Laws (LL.B).
  • A member in good standing of the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society or eligible to become one.
  • Preferred range of experience is 2-5 years as a lawyer.
  • Intellectual property experience is beneficial but not essential. Keen intellect and ability to learn is more important.
  • Experience with commercial agreements and contract drafting.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills, and ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • High level of attention to detail

All successful applicants must meet requirements for Canadian Controlled Goods Program (CGP), Canadian Government Security clearance, and U.S. International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

What We Offer:

  • Irving Shipbuilding is proud to offer a competitive salary commensurate with the experience of the Candidate and benefits package including but not limited to medical, dental and vision. 

 To Apply for this Career Opportunity:

Please complete the online application form at, with an up-to-date resume of past experience and education is required.  All applications will be reviewed by one of our recruiters.  

If the recruiter sees a potential opportunity (current or future) that matches your skills and experience, you will be contacted to discuss your qualifications for a position with Irving Shipbuilding We thank all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for interviews will be contacted.  

To learn more about our products and services, click here.    

Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is committed to the principle of equal opportunity in its employment practices and to providing an environment free from discrimination and harassment for all employees.

We do not accept unsolicited resumes from search firms or employment agencies, and we are not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

Expiry Date: 
Monday, October 22, 2018