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Senior Lawyer, Intellectual Property

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Job ID WAY07996 Date posted 07/27/2020 Location : Wayzata, Minnesota

Want to build a stronger, more sustainable future and cultivate your career? Join Cargill's global team of 160,000 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. 

The Senior Lawyer, Intellectual Property will handle the intellectual property affairs for our company with some collaboration from senior lawyers. We seek a multifaceted professional who will advise and represent our organization on legal issues concerning patent and trade secret matters.

Evaluate invention submissions, prepare and prosecute patent applications globally and handle patent portfolios.
Coordinate general patent activities, including leading intellectual property review team meetings. Assist with patent due diligence, develop patent strategies, and provide intellectual property and commercial counseling to business stakeholders.
Provide legal advice on the patentability of inventions and patent freedom to operate.
Support intellectual property litigation and dispute resolutions.
Draft and negotiate intellectual property related agreements and support mergers and acquisition activities.
Develop, coordinate and provide training for key employees on intellectual property matters.
You will serve as an expert in your field and work with limited direction, using additional research and interpretation to identify issues/problems. You may provide direction to lower level team members and be a key contributor.
Other duties as assigned


Bachelor’s degree in a technical or scientific field.
Juris doctor and licensed to practice law in current jurisdiction, ability and willingness to be licensed in Minnesota and registration to practice in front of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Ability to problem solve using a creative, resilient and flexible style and approach.
Confirmed 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 handle conflict and apply judgment in counseling.
Four years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications preferred.
Minimum of six years of related work experience
Other minimum qualifications may apply
Excellent academic track record.
Agreement and/or opinion experience a plus.

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