Patent Agent at Cargill
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Job ID 240836 Date posted 11/22/2022 Location : Wayzata, Minnesota

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 155,000 employees who use new technologies, dynamic insights and over 154 years of experience to connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients, and people and animals with the food they need to thrive.

Job Purpose and Impact

The Patent Agent will handle the intellectual property affairs for our company with collaboration from senior lawyers and agents. In this role, you will advise and represent the organization on legal issues concerning patent matters.

Key Accountabilities

  • Prepare and prosecute applications for patents.
  • Provide legal advice on the patentability of inventions.
  • On an as needed basis, partnering with other law team members to support  intellectual property litigation, dispute resolution, intellectual property related agreements, and merger and acquisition activities.
  • Build knowledge of the organization, processes, and customers.
  • Provide expert thought leadership in your field and work with limited direction, using additional research and interpretation to identify issues or problems. You may provide direction to supporting team members and be a strategic contributor.
  • Other duties as assigned




  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical or scientific field
  • Registration to practice in front of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Excellent communication, advocacy, and drafting skills
  • Ability to effectively handle conflict and apply judgment in counseling
  • Ability to problem solve using a creative, resilient, and flexible style and approach
  • Confirmed ability to assess and handle risk
  • Minimum of six years of related work experience


  • Excellent academic track record
  • Master’s degree, doctoral degree, or equivalent experience in chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, biochemistry, food science, or a related field
  • Minimum two years of experience drafting and prosecuting patents in the United States
  • Ability to effectively work with a global and diverse community of team members and stakeholders 
  • Experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in jurisdictions outside the United States, with an emphasis in European drafting requirements

This position may include up to 20% travel on an as needed basis.

Cargill highly encourages vaccinations but does not mandate at this time.  Upon hire, you will be asked to provide your vaccination status, and if unvaccinated or if you choose not to disclose, you would be expected to follow Cargill’s safety protocols for unvaccinated employees (i.e., mask mandates, and social distancing)

Equal Opportunity Employer, including Disability/Vet.

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