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Patent Lawyer/Patent Agent

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Job ID WAY07909 Date posted 05/20/2020 Location : Wayzata, Minnesota

Position Purpose & Summary


Cargill Law has a need for an Intellectual Property Lawyer or Patent Agent.  It is preferred that this individual will work at Cargill’s worldwide headquarters in the Minneapolis area, however, remote working will be considered.  The  individual  filling this position will provide counsel to Cargill, Incorporated and its affiliates as an in-house legal professional and will be part of the Cargill Law Department’s Intellectual Property Team.  This person will work closely with various Cargill businesses and its technology function.  This individual will also work collaboratively with other Cargill legal professionals as part of a multidisciplinary team.


A primary focus of this role will be to support the intellectual property activities for Cargill’s biotechnology efforts, including the drafting and prosecution of biotechnology patent applications


Principal Accountabilities


(60-75%) Preparing and prosecuting patent applications, developing disclosures and counseling inventors with a commercial focus;


(15%) Coordinating general patent activities, including leading intellectual property review team meetings, providing patentability and infringement assessments and developing patent strategies;


(15%) In the case of a Patent Lawyer, providing legal counsel to Cargill’s businesses, including due diligence and the preparation and negotiation of various agreements relating to acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, technology licenses, research and development agreements, confidentiality agreements and other transactional matters;


(5%) Developing, coordinating and providing training for key employees on intellectual property matters; and


(5%) Providing counsel and support related to pre-litigation evaluations and on-going litigation matters as they may arise.


Required Qualifications

•License to practice law in Minnesota (or if currently licensed in another state the ability to become licensed in Minnesota) and also registration to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  In the alternative, registration to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a qualified Patent Agent

•Advanced degrees in biotechnology or closely related field and significant experience preparing and prosecuting biotechnology patent applications as a patent attorney or patent agent.

•Strong strategic and commercial conceptual strength.

•Creative, resilient and flexible style and approach to solving  problems.

•Demonstrated ability to have a broad perspective and approach work with curiosity.

•Ability and desire to work with diverse teams in meeting corporate goals and missions.

•Excellent communication, advocacy and drafting skills.

•Ability to effectively manage conflict and apply judgment in counseling.

Preferred Qualifications

•Excellent academic track record (top 25% of law school class is strongly preferred for lawyer applicants).

•5+ years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications preferred.

•Agreement and/or opinion experience is preferred for lawyer applicants.

•Experience drafting patent applications in the chemical, biochemical, food technology, chemical engineering or biological arts in addition to the required biotechnology experience is preferred.

Other relevant information to the position

Responsible for managing the IP affairs for one or more business groups/functions working closely with more senior lawyers.  Expected to gain deep understanding of business strategy, metrics for success and risk areas for assigned clients. Also expected to develop skills in efficiently managing IP services, leading presentations to clients and training of various teams.  Opportunity to develop leadership skills and seek opportunities to lead projects, group initiatives, and employee engagement efforts.

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