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Patent Counsel in Deer Park, IL at Continental

Date Posted: 8/11/2018

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    Deer Park, IL
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Job Description

The Patent Counsel will report to the Head of IP for the Americas and assist Patent Counsel in the Auburn Hills, MI office and in Deer Park, IL, and may also support other Continental locations, and in particular IP, Engineering and business units in Germany

This position could be based at our Deer Park, IL or Auburn Hills, MI locations.
The Deer Park, IL facility of Continental is seeking a highly motivated EE/ME/Computer Science/ Physics patent attorney with at least 7 years of primarily (85%) patent application preparation and prosecution experience to add to its IP team. The primary goal for this patent attorney is to in­source patent prosecution work and the nationalization of DE cases in order to reduce costs. You will work with Engineers, Patent Counsels in Germany and in the US as well as with business units to audit and manage a patent portfolio, manage a patent review committee, prepare, file and prosecute patent applications and assist with other work, including opinions, agreements, managing outside IP counsel, Open Source Counseling and litigation support. The work includes an interesting mix of rubber, plastics, and fluid technologies for a variety of products including belts and hoses. Collegial atmosphere provides a great work environment and an opportunity to grow. Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Member in good standing of any U.S. State Bar Association, California, Michigan or Illinois preferred
• Responsible for controlling and tracking spending to stay within budget guidelines.
• Must be flexible and able to work independently and within a highly functional team under tight deadlines, handle multiple tasks, work collaboratively, think creatively, take initiative and respond quickly to changing priorities and goals.
• Able to work in a collaborative teamwork style work environment and be willing to assist/support others.

Required Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree
• 7 years of patent application preparation and prosecution experience on U.S. and foreign patent filings (approx. 28 apps/year).
• Strong computer skills including an ability to actively learn and utilize software including, Microsoft Office, the USPTO's EFS, and Continental's IP docket management database.
• Member in good standing of any U.S. State Bar Association

Preferred Qualifications:
• Extensive knowledge of USPTO and PCT rules, regulations, forms
• Ability to perform research on CAFC case law and in the MPEP and to share knowledge with and train others.
• Former patent prosecution law firm experience as a patent attorney.
• Member in good standing of any U.S. State Bar Association, California, Michigan or Illinois preferred
• Bachelor’s Degree in EE/ME/Computer Science/ Physics
• Minor experience with trademarks and IP ¬related agreements, such as non¬disclosure, licensing, Open Source Counseling, litigation support, supplier and development agreements (5% -¬10%)
• Conducting product clearances, freedom to operate and patentability searches.
• Strong verbal and written communication skills that adhere to Continental Business System (CBS) policy and to the IP department's highly collegial and respectful interpersonal communications culture.

***This position will not offer relocation or visa sponsorship. ***


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