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Corporate Counsel - Intellectual Property Attorney, Patent Chemical

Company name

The Sherwin-Williams Company

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Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


Cleveland, OH

Date Last Verified

Feb 14,2018

Posted on

Feb 06,2018
Practice Area
Corporate >> Corporate - General
Intellectual Property >> Intellectual Property - Patent >> Intellectual Property - Patent - Life Sciences >> Chemistry
Intellectual Property >> Intellectual Property - General
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Corporate Counsel - Intellectual Property Attorney, Patent Chemical The candidate will provide expert advice and counsel on technology agreement negotiation and drafting, patents, trade secrets and related intellectual property issues to multiple research and development groups, and assistance with intellectual property issues in connection with private and government contracts and global markets. Creative negotiation, drafting and managing of intellectual property agreements including non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, joint development agreements, government-sponsored research and consulting agreements, technology licenses, distributorship agreements is essential. Collaboration with scientists, engineers and researchers and technical directors regarding new products, product innovation and improvements. Assistance with and review of invention disclosures, research activities and new product innovation. Drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications, U.S. and foreign. Evaluation of intellectual property and developing protection strategies. Patent research and mapping, freedom-to-practice analysis and opinions. IP due diligence for mergers and acquisitions. Patent and trade secret dispute and litigation support. Trade secret identification, documentation and protection. Development and execution of intellectual property protection strategies and related risk management. Interaction with and management of outside counsel, U.S. and foreign. IP legal assistance, training and support for marketing, sales, general legal and technology personnel and departments. Attorney at this level are expected to demonstrate the following: Effectively handles assigned legal activities for business units, functions or legal practice areas. Support or lead projects and teams providing legal support and solutions to the company's business units or corporate departments. Provides focused and practical legal advice respecting business operations as well as the impact of current or anticipated laws, rules and regulations. Research, develop and coordinate implementation of legal solutions. Assist the development and implementation of policies, procedures and control mechanisms to promote compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations. Stay abreast of new regulations and emerging legal risks; provides proactive advice and counsel to business units and corporate functions that may be impacted. Engage, communicate with and advises mid-management and operational business level of such clients. Develop understanding of how legal support affects objectives, risks and returns of business clients. Manage or provide work direction or review the work of IC level support staff (paralegals, admins, fellows, law clerks, etc.). Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should have JD degree is needed. License to practice law required (applicable jurisdiction) is essential. Excellent academic credentials including bachelor of science or advanced degrees in chemistry or chemical engineering is needed. Bar admission in Ohio or Minnesota OR eligibility to be licensed in Ohio or Minnesota is essential. Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is needed. Should have 5+ years of legal experience. High level of proficiency with business software and databases are needed. Experience and knowledge of all aspects of intellectual property with specialization in patents and trade secrets and sub-specialization in chemical technology is needed. Experience in negotiation and drafting of technology and product development agreements, preferably including experience with large commercial product manufacturers and consumer products are essential. Extensive experience in managing a high volume of intellectual property matter are needed. Extensive knowledge of related areas of IP law and business law fundamentals are essential.

Additional info

Job Number: 17000GOY

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
The Sherwin-Williams Company
101 Prospect Avenue, NW
Cleveland, OH 44115

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