Patent Policy Counsel

Position: Patent Policy Counsel, Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA)

Location: Washington, DC

Description: CCIA, a leading Washington, DC-based technology trade association, seeks a patent counsel to join its team. The Patent Policy Counsel will become an integral part of the Association’s IP policy group. Job duties will include, but not be limited to:

  • advancing the Association’s patent policy agenda, including working with CCIA member companies and other Association personnel in:
    • regular authorship of patent-related communications, including advocacy and analyses for Association members and in the public, including articles, posts, papers and commentary on patent law and policy;
    • preparation of filings and appellate briefs in relevant proceedings aimed at advancing the Association’s patent policy advocacy;
    • direction and daily management of, and writing for the Association’s online patent litigation resource;
    • acting as spokesperson on patent law and policy; and
    • supporting the Association’s legislative advocacy on patent policy (lobbyist registration may be required).
  • day-to-day management of the Association’s patent communications efforts, including web and social media presence. This includes rapid and regular production of commentary and analyses, litigation resource management, tracking high-profile litigation and working with the Association’s IP group.
  • coordinating with CCIA member companies in developing the Association’s patent policy positions.

Qualifications: Minimum 7 years relevant work experience. The ideal candidate possesses:

  • IP practice experience, with a deep understanding of patent law and the USPTO;
  • relevant policy or advocacy experience;
  • self-starting personality and willingness to interact with and work with the media;
  • excellent writing and communication skills.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

To apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, salary requirements and a writing sample to: This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses.

Research Analyst

The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA) is hiring a full-time researcher / writer to support the Association’s policy advocacy. CCIA is an international, nonprofit association representing a broad cross section of computer, communications and Internet industry firms. CCIA remains dedicated, as it has for over 40 years, to promoting innovation and preserving full, fair and open competition throughout our industry. Our members employ more than 750,000 workers and generate annual revenues in excess of $540 billion.


  • Working with CCIA’s public policy team and its members to develop advocacy material, primarily focused on compilation and analysis of policy and market developments in the Internet and technology sectors.
  • Producing written material, for both internal and external consumption, to educate, inform and support CCIA’s policy positions. Materials may include research and advocacy papers, memoranda, media communications and blog posts.
  • Monitoring news media, industry publications, academic journals and official government documents for relevant material. Incorporate material in a timely manner into CCIA material.


● Undergraduate degree required. Advanced study or work experience in economics, policy, technology, business or journalism preferred. Relevant experience can be considered in lieu of advanced degree.

● Applicant should be:

○ Familiar with Internet business models, technology and economic policy.
○ A skilled writer and researcher, with a capacity to translate complex subjects into simple explanations.
○ A self-starter who can work independently.
○ Capable of meeting deadlines and satisfying time-sensitive requests.
● Passion for technology and the Internet desirable
 Please send a resume, cover letter, writing sample and salary requirements to:
This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls, please .
Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from CCIA.

Legal Intern, Washington, DC Summer 2017

localization: Washington DC

CCIA is always looking for bright, capable individuals for our internship program in our DC office.  We hire interns for the summer, and the fall and spring semesters, and accept applications on a rolling basis.

Interns work on a variety of ongoing and emerging Internet issues from both a legal and policy standpoint.  Subject matter may include: intellectual property (primarily copyright and patent), international trade, privacy, telecommunications, and antitrust.  Familiarity with Congress and legislative process, and courses in copyright, patent law, legal protection of computer software, and international IP treaties are highly preferable.

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter and writing sample to Ali Sternburg, Senior Policy Counsel, at

Public Policy Intern, CCIA Europe, Brussels (starting in April)

location: Brussels

Motivation letter and short CV should be sent to Director, Christian Borggreen ( by March 6, 2017.  We regret that only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Your profile:

  • MA degree related to EU affairs (or be in the last year of your MA degree);
  • Knowledge of and interest in current EU technology policy files, e.g. copyright, audio-visual media, ePrivacy, the EU’s telecoms review, data flows, law enforcement access to data;
  • Knowledge of and interest in technology companies’ business models;
  • Excellent writing and editing skills;
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken (working knowledge of another European language is an asset);
  • Good analytical skills;
  • Strong IT skills (ideally including social media campaigns);
  • Ability to independently manage and meet multi-projects deadlines;
  • An excellent team-player;
  • Some experience in European public affairs, e.g. a previous internship in an EU institution and permanent representation, tech company representation or other trade associations would be a strong asset;
  • The candidate must have the legal authorisation to work in Belgium.

Main responsibilities:

  • Outreach support:  Assist in following up on meeting requests with EU and Member States officials and organisation of events and workshops.
  • Reporting:  Participate in internal and external meetings and conferences and write summaries to CCIA colleagues and members.
  • Internal newsletter:  Help edit and disseminate CCIA’s monthly newsletter to members.
  • Social media:  Assist in CCIA Europe’s social media outreach.
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