Based at Arkema's Corporate Offices and R&D Center in King of Prussia, PA, the Assistant General Counsel (Intellectual Property) provides advice and counsel to assigned Business Unit(s) Senior Management respecting patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. The incumbent is a member of the Intellectual Property Law Department Team, consisting of 4 Attorneys, 2 Paralegals, and 2 Administrative Assistants.
Specific job activities include (but are not limited to):
Ensure that the results of the company's R&D investment are properly protected globally; participate in the stage-gating of projects; identify patent issues and recommend productive areas for research. Ensure that patent applications are properly prepared, filed and prosecuted, so as to obtain valid and enforceable patents.
Provide general and specific advice to management concerning the development, acquisition, utilization and enforcement of global patent portfolios and define strategies to optimize their value to the company.
Protect the company's capital investment in new plants and in equipment for new products and processes by evaluating new products and processes for potential infringement of patents owned by others and defining specific steps to be taken when there is a risk of infringement.
Protect the company's competitive position in the global marketplace by evaluating products, processes and trademarks belonging to others for potential infringement of the company's patents and trademarks; recommend appropriate action and, with management, develop strategies to implement the recommendations.
With the management of the relevant businesses, define objectives and assist in negotiation and drafting of agreements relating to patents, trademarks, trade secrets, joint development and other programs.
Ensure the accurate and timely administration of the global patent portfolios.
Review and draft Confidential Disclosure Agreements.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILIITES REQUIRED:
J.D. required, plus a minimum of 10 years of experience in Chemical Patent Practice.
Bachelor’s degree in Organic Chemistry or Polymer Chemistry; Master’s degree preferred.
Membership in a State Bar and the American Bar Association is required.
Registration to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Detail-oriented and strong organizational skills.
Strong communication skills, including, writing and oral presentation skills.
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong interpersonal relationships.
Ability to work as a member of a team, as well as an ability to lead teams (this role will require both competencies).
A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance. Our balanced business portfolio spans high-performance materials, industrial specialties and coating solutions. Our globally recognized brands are ranked among the leaders in the markets we serve. Reporting annual sales of €7.5 billion in 2016, we employ approximately 20,000 people worldwide and operate in close to 50 countries. We are committed to active engagement with all our stakeholders. Our research centers in North America, France and Asia concentrate on advances in bio-based products, new energies, water management, electronic solutions, lightweight materials and design, home efficiency and insulation.
Arkema Inc. provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Arkema Inc. complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
For more information about the EEOC, please refer to The "EEO IS The Law" poster at http://www1.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf