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Corporate Counsel - Large Corporation - Cincinnati, Ohio

Job Type: Full time
Company/Firm: N/A
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date posted: 07/26/10
Salary: Salary dependent on experience
Job Description:

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 Krogers patent portfolio, and managing liability. Essential Job Functions: Review and recommend changes to Krogers 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 Krogers 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 associates 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.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. Additional Info:Employer Type: Large CorporationJob Location: Cincinnati, OhioPosted on July 22, 2010 at 07:17 PM in - US - Midwest, Emp - Corporate (in-house), Work - Licensing / Other Corporate, Work - Patent Prosecution

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Contact: Email:tom.dorgan@kroger.com

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