Counsel, I.P. or Senior Patent Agent – Large Corporation – Florham Park, N.J. or Tarrytown, N.Y.

basfBASF is seeking a Counsel, I.P. or Senior Patent Agent. Responsibilities include managing a global patent portfolio in line with the Global IP Strategy, including:

  • Obtain robust patent protection for critical technologies and products with limited to no supervision.
  • Act as IP project leader for individual research projects, global business units, and operating divisions; identify and articulate opportunities for patent protection; and develop, advocate, and implement patent strategies.
  • Lead patent portfolio reviews with business units and operating divisions.
  • Independently draft, file, and prosecute patent applications before the USPTO, including conducting examiner interviews and negotiations with the agency, with limited or no supervision.
  • Directly manage and provide detailed filing and prosecution instructions and drafts to U.S. and foreign patent counsel.
  • Prepare and manage the patent portfolio budget, aligning with business unit and operating division goals, and proactively seeking cost saving measures without compromising quality or patent scope.
  • Conduct competitive analysis of patent portfolios with a detailed understanding of BASF products and technical developments.
  • Provide training on IP issues to R&D and business colleagues.
  • Provide patentability advice with limited to no supervision, conduct (under direction and supervision of counsel) analyses, including infringement and validity assessments, and perform landscape analyses.
  • Support patent-related due diligence for commercial transactions, such as collaborations and licensing.
  • Effectively communicate with IP colleagues, businesses (e.g., IP Managers, management, R&D) in Germany and other global sites at all levels in the organization, regarding patent matters, departmental and overall BASF processes, and to proactively address other concerns.

Ingredients for Success: What We Look for in You…

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Arts or a related discipline; advanced degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant work experience on Intellectual Property and/or legal teams.
  • Registration before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • In-depth understanding of US patent law, and general knowledge of foreign patent laws, including Europe and Asia.
  • Self-starter as well as team player, working well with other patent practitioners and support staff.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and writing skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a changing environment, prioritize demands, and use keen judgment.
  • Proficiency in working with intellectual asset management software (e.g., Anaqua), the USPTO Electronic Filing System (EFS), and PAIR.
  • Experience in the chemical industry, particularly related to catalysts (e.g. emission catalysts) and related devices.
  • Background in a corporate environment preferred, including experience working with various functional groups, building strong and enduring relationships.
  • Experience in intellectual property post-grant procedures and litigation.
  • Transactional and contract experience, particularly as it relates to protection of intellectual property and due diligence.
  • Practical laboratory experience in chemistry or a related field.

Relocation assistance is available for this position.

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Additional Info
Employer Type: Large Corporation
Job Location: Florham Park, New Jersey or Tarrytown, New York