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ProfileAssociate General Counsel Responsibilities: Manage and provide day-to-day oversight, support and guidance to a team of US-based patent attorneys and other IP professionals who form a part of the global IP team. Motivate and challenge team members to drive high performance. Create personal success for your team members through quality people development, active coaching, and effective performance management. Participate in and support, as a US Legal department group lead, the Department’s management, strategic and developmental initiatives, and outside counsel management. Regularly interact with Vice President and Deputy General Counsel but be able to make decisions on an independent basis. Will also have direct responsibility for providing the following legal support to the animal nutrition, human nutrition, pharma ingredients, and aroma ingredients business units, as well as to venture capital and new business groups: Transactional Responsibilities, handled directly: Collaborate with R&D and business unit clients to timely identify all agreements necessary to implement their respective objectives. Advise R&D and business unit clients on IP contract issues and interpretation. Conduct IP due diligence for M&A transactions. Review, negotiate, and draft a broad range of contracts such as: Confidentiality agreements with universities, research organizations, commercial partners and private sector institutions to implement long-term strategic and commercial objectives for the subject IP; Material transfer agreements covering early-stage, proprietary chemistry and/or biotechnology materials and/or products; Service agreements; Consultant agreements; License agreements, including complex, cross-border in- and out-license agreements, cross-license agreements, development license agreements, and license and supply agreements; Technology transfer agreements; IP asset acquisition agreements; and IP asset divestiture agreements. Non-Transactional Responsibilities, handled directly, with the global IP team, and/or through management of outside counsel: Serve as senior IP advisor to your assigned R&D and business unit clients. Advise on patentability, validity, and infringement. Manage patent portfolios. Develop and implement patent strategies to protect innovations. Conduct freedom-to-operate assessments. Effectively communicate with people at all levels of the Company, including communicating complicated technical and legal issues to non-technical personnel, to enable critical decisions on IP and IP litigation matters. Work closely with other members of the IP, Legal and other functions, e.g., Tax, Insurance and HR, on regional and global levels. Provide IP litigation support, working in conjunction with US litigation attorneys and global IP team. Conduct and/or coordinate IP training, working in conjunction with US commercial attorneys and global IP teams. Employ deft social skills to mediate between, and balance, occasional competing R&D ND business units’ interests.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: JD degree and a license to practice law in at least one US state is required. Admission to practice before the USPTO is required. 10+ years of IP practice is required. In-house counsel experience is preferred. Experience in the fields of animal nutrition, human nutrition, pharma ingredients, aroma ingredients and/or related experience is preferred. Must have in-depth knowledge of IP transactional practice, US patent and intellectual property law, and the ability to spot IP issues in other jurisdictions. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Possess keen and agile business judgment and responsiveness.
Job ID: EN_US_1702250