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Intellectual Property Attorney

Job Type: Full time
Company/Firm: BP
Location: Warrenville, Illinois
Date posted: 01/29/10
Salary: Salary dependent on experience
Job Description:

 Our business is the exploration, production, refining, trading and distribution of energy. This is what we do, and we do it on a truly global scale. With a workforce of nearly 100,000 employees, BP operates with business activities and customers in more than 100 countries across six continents. Every day, we serve millions of customers around the world. We are continually looking for talented, committed and ambitious people to help us shape the face of energy for the future.

The purpose of the Legal function is to provide legal services to the Group in order to further the maximisation of business opportunities and value and the minimisation of business risks and liabilities.

BP Legal lawyers and support staff work closely with their colleagues in the Businesses, Regions and Functions to deliver exceptional results in transactions, disputes and issues management.

Building on its existing strength, BP Legal has developed its strategic priorities, in line with the Group Strategy, to achieve its vision and address present and foreseeable challenges.


If you are selected for the position, your employment will be contingent upon submission to and successful completion of a post-offer/pre-placement drug and alcohol screening as well as pre-placement verification of the information and qualifications provided during the selection process.

BP is an equal opportunity employer


This position reports to the Managing IP Attorney, Alternative Energy/Group Research and Technology, who in turn reports to the Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Associate General Counsel. The attorney will be a member of BP’s Global Patent and Technology Law group (approximately 26 IP attorneys), with members in Warrenville, IL; Houston, TX; and Sunbury on Thames, UK. This position will be the tenth attorney in the GPTL group in Warrenville, among a group of approximately 33 attorneys in the Warrenville office. The GPTL group is part of BP’s Intellectual Property practice, which also includes a Trademark team. BP legal worldwide has approximately 400 attorneys. Occasional travel from Warrenville to the UK or to other business locations may be required, estimated at no more than 10% travel time


Necessary Experience:

 5 or more years of relevant experience. Candidates must be registered to practice before the USPTO and a member of the Illinois bar (or eligible on reciprocity with current state of bar membership). Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree in a relevant technical field. Preferred technical fields are Chemistry; Chemical Engineering; and the Biosciences. Candidates must have a demonstrated capacity to overcome obstacles and use an adaptable approach to achieve outstanding results, a shared commitment to the success of the team and the wider organization, and must be able to assimilate complex and ambiguous data to identify key issues and aid decision making. Candidates must be skilled at legal analysis and reasoning, must be able to apply legal knowledge to business situations, and must have excellent client counseling and advocacy skills. Candidates must also have a demonstrated capacity to build and maintain close working relationships with colleagues and clients.

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