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Patent Attorney

Job Type: Full time
Company/Firm: The Kroger Company
Location: Cincinnati, OH
Date posted: 04/28/10
Salary: Salary dependent on experience
Job Description:

 Position Summary:

Seasoned attorney with at least five years of prior relevant legal experience.  Capable of handling most legal matters with a minimum of supervision.  Responsible for developing corporate patent strategy, overseeing Kroger’s patent portfolio, and managing liability.


Essential Job Functions:

  • Review and recommend changes to Kroger’s existing patent and invention policies and procedures and implement new processes where needed.
  • Educate associates working in areas of the Company where development takes place on how to protect Kroger inventions and avoid infringement of third party rights.
  • Work closely with research and development teams in IS&S, Manufacturing, Logistics and other departments to identify research of strategic importance worthy of patent protection.
  • Undertake a substantial share of the patent drafting and prosecution work.
  • Oversee the retention of outside patent counsel when necessary and manage the interaction between outside counsel and internal clients to eliminate duplication and inconsistency, improve efficiency and reduce cost.
  • Implement a patent review committee or other formal process to analyze the value of potential patents and make better decisions on which patent applications to pursue.
  • Oversee and maintain Kroger’s patent portfolio and take steps to enforce it when necessary.
  • Analyze patents and author patentability, freedom-to-practice/clearance, validity and infringement opinions and provide related advice to the Company.
  • Review, respond and provide advice to the Company with regard to claims of patent infringement.
  • Assist with management of patent litigation.
  • Assist as needed on overflow trademark work and other intellectual property matters.
  • Draft, review and negotiate patent licenses, employee invention agreements, and development contracts.
  • Oversee patent aspects of corporate mergers and acquisitions and related due diligence studies.
  • Ensure that the Company complies with all applicable laws, rules and regulations within the associate’s areas of responsibility.
  • Keep supervisor informed of all material legal matters affecting the Company.
  • Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without reasonable accommodation.

Necessary Experience:

 Minimum Position Qualifications:

  • JD from an ABA-accredited law school.
  • At least one State Bar membership in good standing.
  • Registered to practice with the USPTO.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to travel independently.
  • Seasoned attorney with at least five years of patent law experience.


Desired Previous Job Experience:

  • Drafting and prosecution of patents (US and foreign).
  • Preparation of infringement, validity, freedom to operate opinions and related client counseling.
  • Project management experience.

Contact: Please apply online

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