Sr. EP Patent Attorney

Ingredion Incorporated (Corporate) (Hamburg HH, Deutschland) Vor 13 Tagen veröffentlicht

Senior EP Patent Attorney

LOCATION: EU (preferably Hamburg)          

REPORTS TO:  Chief IP Counsel          

Company Background:

Ingredion is a Fortune 500 provider of ingredient solutions that helps nourish, comfort, sustain, and delight people around the world. Ingredion’s wide range of ingredient solutions is strategically designed to address changing consumer trends and preferences. Our specialty portfolio includes starch-based texturizers, clean and simple ingredients, plant-based proteins, sugar reduction and specialty sweeteners, and food systems. Our innovative ingredient solutions are used by consumers in everyday products, from foods and beverages to paper and pharmaceuticals. And we do it all in a planet-friendly sustainable manner.

We bring the potential of people, nature and technology together to make life better.

That’s our purpose. We are all IN to make life better!

Every day, Ingredion employees bring their skills, creativity, and passion together to deliver ingredient solutions that enhance people’s lives. We are innovators who combine the power of technology with the best of nature to delight our customers and consumers. We hold ourselves to the highest standards in ethics, safety, quality and sustainability. Unlocking the potential of people, nature and technology to make life better is what drives us in every aspect of our business.

If you are interested in making life better, we are all IN to learn more about you! A bit about what you can expect from the employee experience at Ingredion:

The chance to make a difference

No matter where you work in the company, you’ll have an opportunity to make life better… for our colleagues, customers, communities, and the world.

Passionate people, motivated to excel

Our highly talented people have a passion for learning and achievement and are driven by our inspiring purpose to make life better and our core values: Care First, Be Preferred, Everyone Belongs, Innovate Boldly, and Owner’s Mindset.

A warm, welcoming environment

At Ingredion, everyone belongs! We embrace diversity and foster an inclusive work environment where individuals feel supported and enabled to contribute their very best every day.

A place where you can grow personally and professionally

We believe everyone has great potential, and we strive to nurture that potential into great personal and professional achievements.

An environment that enables innovation and collaboration

We are creating the conditions that inspire and enable innovation - in our products and services, as well as in how we do our work day-to-day.

The Senior EP Patent Attorney is a member of the global  corporate legal team and works closely with members of the legal team and other corporate functions to deliver timely, effective legal advice and solutions in a fluid environment on patents, trade secrets, publication requests, due diligence, freedom-to-operate, confidentiality, and any other IP-related matters  integral to the organization’s operations.  Candidates must be registered to practice before the European Patent Office. 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Actively manage a global patent portfolio, including evaluating invention disclosures (including patentability assessments), drafting patent applications that meet EP and international  patentability standards, prosecuting EP patent applications before the EPO, managing the filing and prosecution of international patent applications, and coordinating/managing reexaminations, IPRs, invalidation actions, appeals, and oppositions, including assessing and developing the associated strategies.
  • Actively engage with the global business and innovation group to develop, implement and manage IP strategies for products in development, including freedom-to-operate assessments and patent filing strategies, as well as IP strategies associated with Ingredion’s existing portfolio of products.  Align the global patent portfolio with key strategic business drivers and provide client counseling on IP matters, including when to patent, publish, or maintain as a trade secret.           
  • Help develop and implement IP best practices, policies, and procedures. 
  • Help develop and provide IP training seminars to raise IP awareness across the global organization, including through in person training, video- or web-enabled training or train the trainers training. 
  • Conduct IP due diligence of third-party IP assets, including communicating outcome of assessment to senior management.
  • Actively manage and set IP matter budgets (including performance against such budget), lead cost reduction initiatives, and identify and select external legal counsel including negotiating legal fees and improving the overall efficiencies and cost management processes and procedures.
  • Protect Ingredion's interests in IP legal disputes.

    Qualified candidates:

  • Will be a Qualified European Patent Attorney in good standing
  • Must have 8+ years of combined law-firm and corporate legal experience preparing and prosecuting domestic and international patent applications, preferably in the chemical, biotechnology, and/or food science related arts, including developing and implementing patent filing and prosecution strategies, providing patentability, validity, and freedom-to-operate assessments.
  • Must have BS, MS, or PhD degree in chemistry or related scientific field. Subject matter expertise in the areas of biotechnology, hydrocolloids, food research, and food applications is a plus.
  • Will have experience using online databases (e.g. USPTO, Epoline, Questel Orbit, etc), and internet resources is required.
  • Will have demonstrated customer-service skills/experience.  Must be able to build and sustain solid working partnerships with key stakeholders.
  • Must be well organized with excellent attention to detail and exceptionally effective writing, analytical, and communication skills with ability to explain complex issues clearly and concisely to all levels of the organization, as well as have basic project management skills and demonstrated ability to serve as an active member of a cross-functional team.
  • Must have ability to work independently and collaboratively to manage multiple, diverse projects in a fast-paced and dynamic environment, and proactively communicate with the General Counsel and other legal team members when appropriate.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to provide timely, contemporaneous risk-based delivery of IP legal advice and guidance with efficient use of resources.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to manage outside counsel and legal fee budget. 

    Relocation Available?        No

    Job Grade:    I                      

    We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

Ingredion provides accommodations to job applicants with disabilities throughout the hiring process. If a job applicant requires an accommodation during the application process or through the selection process, we will work with the applicant to meet the job applicant's accommodation Needs.

Relocation Available:

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