Biotech Licensing / Patent Attorney – Corporate Counsel

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Biotech Licensing / Patent Attorney – Corporate Counsel

DescriptionThis position reports to the Associate General Counsel for Seeds and Traits Business Platform at Corteva Agriscience in Johnston, Iowa, whose group is responsible for all commercial legal work within that platform in North America, and with global responsibilities with regard to product planning and strategy.  The candidate will primarily provide legal guidance, counsel and strategic input to business development teams and crop platform leaders in support of various complex collaborations and biotech licensing with third parties in support of product development and global implementation of products with biotech traits and other technologies, as well as have the opportunity to support other various legal commercial work.   Additionally, the candidate will work closely with the intellectual property group in supporting the technology, transfer and licensing group, which is responsible for in and out-licensing of material and technology, and with strategic agreement compliance group.  This is a position with responsibility to drive strategic solutions and decisions for the business.  The successful candidate should have strong experience and background in drafting and negotiating complex commercial agreements and transactions, be able to collaborate across legal and business teams to drive successful conclusions to business arrangements and be able to handle multiple and varied legal work on timely and efficient basis.  Background in biosciences and patent law a plus. This role is based in Johnston, Iowa, a suburb of Des Moines which was rated one of the five best places to live in the United States by 2019 US News and World Reports, and may require some travel.REPRESENTATIVE ACTIVITIES:Working independently, provide timely and efficient legal services to the Seeds and Biotech Business Platform on commercial and transactional matters.Take lead in devising negotiation strategies, as well as assist business in the negotiation of complex business arrangements.Promptly draft, review and negotiate a wide range of commercial agreements, major collaborations and licensing of technology.Actively participate as a member of number of leadership management teams.Provide (directly or in cooperation with others, such as other Corteva in-house counsel, outside counsel or Corteva Ethics and Compliance) client education and training on critical issues.Manage and direct outside counsel to ensure the most effective and efficient utilization of resources to support client objectives.Consistently anticipate, guard against, and propose mitigation strategies for the management of potential contractual, compliance and financial risks.QualificationsRequired QualificationsLaw Degree appropriate to the jurisdiction served. Licensed to practice law in appropriate jurisdiction.Minimum of 6 – 9 years of commensurate experience.3 years of experience as a Patent Attorney preferred.KEY EXPECTATIONS AND COMPETENCIES:Strategic:  Demonstrate strategic focus and remain cognizant of the long-term interests and objectives of legal, business and the company, alongside execution of tactical and day-to-day initiatives.Accountable:  Accountable for all aspects of role.  Accept responsibility for own actions as leader, individual contributor and team member.Transparent: Effectively communicate risks to leadership and team members. Act ethically and demonstrate integrity at all times.Innovative:  Identify or create a multitude of possible solutions instead of searching for one correct answer.  Respect other opinions and be able to drive consensus.Collaborative:  Foster trusted relationships of mutual respect and collaboration with senior business representatives, as well as business and legal colleagues.  Seeks information to understand circumstances, problems, expectations and needs.Proactive:  Provide proactive substantive legal advice and guidance aligned with business needs and strategies.

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