The patent attorney will be a member of the legal team and work closely with other legal staff, outside counsel and other business functions in the TPB (Turning Point Brands) organization to provide legal advice to management and staff on all aspects of intellectual property including inventions, patents, trademarks, design rights, licensing and copyright law for Turning Point Brands, Inc.
Some travel may be required. This position reports to SVP & General Counsel. The normal shift is 40 hours per week in the office, with periodic extended hours, as needed. This position may be assigned special projects, as determined by SVP & General Counsel.
- Reviews, plans, executes strategies for successful patent practices.
- Provides sound and timely legal counsel to management at all levels with emphasis on senior leadership team (VP and above) and Director Levels regarding patent filings, infringement and other areas surrounding intellectual property rights.
- Prepare patent drafts, apply for patents as well as renew, defend and enforce patents, trademarks, design rights, licensing and copyrights.
- Assisting with the overview of third-party patent issues relevant to all TPB products and processes for their preparation, including reviewing, analyzing and providing opinions on third party patents and patent applications, as necessary.
- Stays current on Tobacco/New Generation related products and devices as well as industry related legislation and regulations.
- Researches select legislation, regulations, trade association and industry initiatives to enable the Company to stay current on new developments.
- Supports the Company’s participation with industry groups and associations.
- Works with internal and external counsel on all intellectual property matters impacting TPB business.
- Maintains strict confidentiality of sensitive company documents such as product formulations and test results.
- Performs other duties as assigned by SVP & General Counsel.
- Doctor of Jurisprudence (J.D.) or equivalent degree is necessary;
- Must be licensed to practice law in a US jurisdiction;
- Background/education in a science field preferred which can include electrical, civil, mechanical or biomedical engineering, physics, chemistry, or biology.
- Must have taken and passed the USPTO registration examination.
- At least 3 years working in a corporate legal environment is highly preferred;
- Must remain current on continuing education courses to remain up-to-date with current laws covering patents.
- Experience working in a regulated industry such as tobacco, medical or pharmaceutical industries is preferred; equivalent combination of experience may be considered;
- Experience working with federal and state regulatory agencies is preferred; equivalent combination of experience may be considered;
- Excellent legal research and writing skills, a strong ability to think strategically and analytically.
- Must have excellent interpersonal, verbal, written and presentation skills;
- Must be able to work with individuals at all levels of the organization;
- Must have proficiency with computer skills (such as Microsoft Office suite);
- Must demonstrate sound judgment and adherence to ethical standards always;
- Business acumen, innovation, strategic thinking, professionalism, visionary leadership and problem-solving skills are critical to the successful candidate;
- Responsible for being knowledgeable of and acting in strict accordance with the requirements of all relevant laws, regulations, and Company policies, including, among other areas, Food and Drug Administration regulations
- General Awareness knowledge of the ISO9001 Quality Management Systems requirements, company Quality Policy and your contributions to the effectiveness of the QMS.