The primary responsibilities of the Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property (IP), are to lead a team of intellectual property attorneys and other IP professionals to ensure that you and your team provide, in a timely and effective manner, the highest-quality legal support for a broad range of business-oriented IP services for, and to build partnerships with, assigned R&D and business units within BASF Corporation.
As a leader at BASF, you will play a key role in creating value for the Company through the people on your team. Leaders at BASF are role models to team members and are expected to develop in such team members the competencies needed to implement BASF's strategy. In addition, BASF’s leaders must be committed to "hiring the best," internally and externally, and to create an inclusive environment that embraces and derives value from diversity. Finally, a leader at BASF helps develop and supports a culture of safety in which all accidents are preventable.
Associate General Counsel (1702250) – Florham Park, NJ
Formula for Success: You Will…
Management Core 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 your 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
Possess excellent written and oral communication skills
Possess keen and agile business judgment and responsiveness
In addition to managing a team, you must possess in-depth knowledge of IP transactional practice, US patent and intellectual property law, and the ability to spot IP issues in other jurisdictions. You 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 BASF’s 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;
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 BASF’s US litigation attorneys and global IP team.
Conduct and/or coordinate IP training, working in conjunction with BASF’s US commercial attorneys and global IP teams.
Employ deft social skills to mediate between, and balance, occasional competing R&D ND business units’ interests.
Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…
Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.
The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.
JD degree and a license to practice law in at least one US state is required.
Admission to practice before the USPTO is required.
Minimum 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.
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We provide a cha...llenging and rewarding work environment and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development. And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine and Glassdoor as one of America’s Best Employers in 2016. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!