• Intellectual Property Counsel

    Location US-PA-Philadelphia
    Job ID
    # Positions
    Exp. (Yrs)
    Legal & Governmental Affairs
    Experienced (non-manager)
    Full Time
    Domestic Travel Required
    % Domestic Travel
    Relocation Eligible
  • Company Overview

    FMC Corporation is one the world’s leading specialty chemical companies. We are proud that our chemistries are helping to grow the world’s food, enabling new innovations in the pharmaceutical delivery, enhancing foods and beverages, contributing to a more sustainable energy supply, improving health, and advancing the manufacture of hundreds of essential products.


    FMC is a globally diverse organization that offers its employees exciting opportunities to work on challenging projects that are important to the achievement of our strategic objectives. Your education and professional experience are valued and put to use from day one. Your success at completing key initiatives can result in a varied, progressive and fulfilling career with FMC.


    With a corporate culture of innovation, integrity, responsibility and customer intimacy, we foster “The Right Chemistry” in everything we do. We are looking for people to join us in creating, developing, and improving our products, our processes, and our markets. In short, If you are ready to make a difference every day, FMC is ready to talk to you.


    Position Overview:

    This is an exciting opportunity for a lawyer to join FMC Corporation, a dynamic publicly-traded multinational chemical company. Based in Philadelphia, you will join a top-flight legal team to work in a fast-paced environment on Intellectual Property matters of consequence to FMC.  The ideal candidate will have significant experience in pragmatic, business-astute counseling on patents, trade secrets and trademarks. The candidate should have excellent drafting, communication, and negotiation skills. 

    This vital role provides an ideal professional environment for a confident, proactive, commercially-minded lawyer with high levels of autonomy balanced with organization and team needs, and an ability to manage challenging, significant matters.


    Key Responsibilities:

    • Work with R&D and business personnel to lead management of patent, trademark and trade secret matters for a significant segment of FMC’s growing Agricultural Solutions business;
    • Guide drafting and prosecution of international patent applications to obtain commercially significant patent protection for technology developed in the responsible R&D segment;
    • Provide freedom-to-operate opinions and guidance, based on legal, business and technical considerations;
    • Work with R&D personnel to monitor, investigate and challenge third-party patent developments;
    • Develop relationships with R&D personnel to foster a culture of invention disclosure, patent development and protection;
    • Provide strategic patent and trade secret advice to R&D and business personnel;
    • Prepare and counsel R&D and business personnel on Intellectual Property provisions and agreements including confidentiality, material transfer, research, licensing and joint development agreements;
    • Assist in enforcement of patent, trademark and trade secret rights, as well as other IP disputes with third parties;
    • Guide outside counsel;
    • Set and manage IP budgets in responsible R&D segment;
    • Actively support trademark strategy in responsible business segment, including trademark acquisition, clearance, maintenance and enforcement.


    Required Education

    • Qualifications & Skills:

      • Strong academic credentials, a state bar admission, and admission to practice before the US Patent Office;
      • A degree, preferably advanced, in a chemistry- or biology-related discipline;
      • Preferred  10+ years relevant legal experience, comprised of law firm or in-house counsel experience, preferably both;
      • A proven track record of serving as a trusted Intellectual Property business advisor, preferably in international settings;
      • Substantial, substantive experience drafting and prosecuting US and international patent applications, having drafted, filed and prosecuted to allowance a substantial number of international patent applications;
      • Significant involvement enforcing IP rights;
      • Experience evaluating desired trademarks for use and registration;
      • The ability to spend at least a day or two per week at the FMC R&D site in Newark, Delaware;
      • The ability to travel as necessary, which may be approximately 10-15% of the time;
      • Superior communication skills, both written and verbal, to effectively address and influence all levels of the organization, including the ability to effectively communicate how an issue impacts the Company from both a business and legal perspective;
      • Demonstrated success contributing to a culture of constant improvement;
      • A focus on client needs with a commitment to timing, quality and client service;
      • A problem solver who moves resolution to a positive outcome for legal, R&D and business concerns;
      • A practical, roll-up-the-shirt-sleeves, hands-on approach to the practice of law;
      • A business partner, who likes working side-by-side with R&D and business people, is receptive to opposing views and can accept and implement the ultimate decision;
      • The ability to work well both independently and as part of a highly collaborative, international team, in a fast-paced cross-cultural environment;
      • A strong work ethic and the ability to prioritize and follow through on numerous projects simultaneously.

    EEO Statement

    FMC employees enjoy competitive compensation, a menu of work/life benefits and opportunities to continue developing their skills and building their career. FMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes employment decisions without regard to race, gender, disability or protected veteran status. FMC supports a drug-free workplace. 


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