Senior Patent Agent or Counsel, IP – Research Triangle Park, NC
At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world?s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation. We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment with a strong emphasis on process safety, as well as the safety of our employees and the communities we operate in. We are always working to form the best team?especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development. And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America?s Best Employers in 2017. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future Senior Patent Agent or Counsel, IP (1805063) ? Research Triangle Park, NC Where the Chemistry Happens We are seeking a professional like you to play an integral role in the continued development and protection of the global chemical patent portfolio, working under the oversight of the Patent Operations Leader. In this role, you will be expected to provide high-quality legal support in a timely and effective manner. You will be a pivotal link between the R&D, Business Development, and Legal teams. In addition, you will support the development and implementation of the BASF Global IP Strategy, working collaboratively with counterparts in the US and Germany. You will identify and pursue valuable intellectual property generated in a dynamic research and development environment, working with the Agricultural Solutions and Bioscience Research divisions, focusing on seed, seed treatment, and pest, weed, and disease control. Formula for Success Leveraging your education in Biology, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, or Chemistry and experience on Intellectual Property and/or legal teams, you will manage a global patent portfolio in line with the Global IP Strategy, including obtaining robust patent protection for critical technologies and products, aligning with business unit and operating division goals, and proactively seeking cost saving measures without compromising quality or patent scope.Your strong leadership qualities will be a great benefit when you act as IP project leader for individual research projects, global business units, and operating divisions ? identifying and articulating opportunities for patent protection and developing, advocating, and implementing patent strategies.Your registration before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is a critical asset as you independently draft, file, and prosecute patent applications before the USPTO, including conducting examiner interviews and negotiations with the USPTO.Working effectively with others, you will lead patent portfolio reviews with business units and operating divisions.Utilizing your in-depth understanding of US patent law, and general knowledge of foreign patent laws, including Europe and Asia, you will directly manage and provide detailed filing and prosecution instructions and drafts to U.S. and foreign patent counsel and conduct competitive analysis of patent portfolios with a detailed understanding of BASF products and technical developments.provide patentability advice with limited to no supervision, and conduct (under direction and supervision of counsel) freedom to operate, infringement, validity, and other types of analyses.Your proficiency in working with intellectual asset management software (e.g., Anaqua), the USPTO Electronic Filing System (EFS), and PAIR will be beneficial in all aspects of your patent portfolio development and management.Your ability to work successfully in a changing environment, prioritize demands, and use keen judgment will be vital as you effectively collaborate across the global organization with IP colleagues, businesses (e.g., IP Managers, management, R&D) in Germany and other sites at all levels, regarding patent matters, departmental and overall BASF processes, and to proactively address other concerns.As a trusted mentor, you will provide training on IP issues to R&D and business colleagues.Your experience in IP-related contracts, post-grant patent procedures, litigation, and patent-related due diligence, as well as practical laboratory experience, are beneficial assets for this role. Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you?the whole you?in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry. The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you?ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career. BASF provides interesting and challenging learning and development opportunities to help you make the most of your talents and your job.Apply for this job.