Principal Attorney

McDermott - Houston, TX (30+ days ago)3.8

Full-timeEstimated: $150,000 - $190,000 a year

Principal Attorney - (1806075)

Job Overview:
McDermott's Lummus Technology is a leading licensor of proprietary petrochemicals, refining, gasification and gas processing technologies, and a supplier of proprietary catalysts and related engineering. We are currently seeking a talented and highly-motivated intellectual property attorney for McDermott's Houston office. Reporting to the Sr. Director & Chief IP Counsel, this highly visible position will provide the right candidate with diverse experiences and opportunities for professional growth.

Key Responsibilities/Accountabilities:
Developing and maintaining an understanding of the business and technology of the assigned business unit(s), as well as associated patent portfolios
Identifying IP risks to assigned business units and managing them in collaboration with the Sr. Director/Chief IP Counsel
Negotiating and drafting IP-related contracts such as NDAs, technical service agreements, and licenses; reviewing and advising the company on IP-related risks in complex, high-value transactions
Leading patent committee meetings for assigned portfolios
Efficiently exercising control over outside counsel to minimize external costs
Assisting inventors with the writing and submittal of invention disclosures; instructing inventors in legal requirements for a patentable invention; and advising inventors on data and other information needed to increase patentability of inventions
Critically reviewing and evaluating submitted invention disclosures
Performing and evaluating patentability searches; providing support for freedom-to-operate assessments and IP enforcement matters
Maintaining expertise in US and PCT patent laws/regulations and general knowledge of patent laws in at least some foreign jurisdictions
Prosecuting patent applications and/or managing outside counsel on the prosecution of patent applications

Basic Qualifications:
Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Chemistry, or similar
Advanced science degree desirable
USPTO Patent Bar registration; registered to practice in at least one state
4-6 years of law firm experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications and managing global patent portfolios; ability to independently prepare and prosecute patent applications
Thorough understanding of US and PCT patent laws/regulations and good knowledge of at least some foreign patent laws and practices
Some experience in drafting IP-related contracts along with a desire to expand upon existing experience
Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with business leaders
Outstanding analytical skills with a reliable eye for quality and detail
Ability to manage priorities and deadlines in a fast-paced environment with myriad business pressures
Ability to think beyond the rules of patent filings and prosecution and focus on the practicalities and context of business needs
Ability to work well within a team, taking direction and providing leadership as needed

Other Details:
The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by persons assigned to this classification. Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.

Company Overview:
McDermott is a premier, fully-integrated provider of technology, engineering and construction solutions to the energy industry. For more than a century, customers have trusted McDermott to design and build end-to-end infrastructure and technology solutions—from the wellhead to the storage tank—to transport and transform oil and gas into the products the world needs today.

Primary Location: USA-Texas-Houston
Job: Counsel (Leg)
Employee Status: Direct / Regular
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Sep 26, 2018, 2:18:45 PM