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Patent Attorney

Job Type: Full time
Company/Firm: The Cooper Companies
Location: Pleasanton/East Bay, California
Date posted: 01/15/10
Salary: Salary dependent on experience
Job Description:

 Company Overview

Seeing things in a different light is just the beginning at CooperVision. Our visionaries put ideas into action, raise the bar on product excellence and create the next generation of contact lenses. And now, so can you. Join our team and become a part of a world class organization that is the second largest contact lens manufacturer in the United States and the third largest in the world. A global powerhouse, we tout a network of facilities in 12 countries around 5 continents and develop leading technology and innovative products.

We offer some of the most respected brands and most advanced lenses in the industry, including our rececently launched silicone hydrogels Biofinity® & Avaira® which offer the best vision possible in a soft contact lens. Our Proclear Compatibles® lenses deliver unmatched all day comfort. And our Frequency® 55 Multifocal lenses use a revolutionary two-lens system to help correct presbyopia.

Realize your vision ....

CooperVision, Inc is a business unit of the NYSE listed company, The Cooper Companies, Inc. (, that manufactures and markets a broad range of contact lenses for the worldwide vision correction market. This position is based in Pleasanton, CA.

We are looking for a skilled patent attorney to help support our intellectual property functions. You will work closely with our IP team supporting R&D, Manufacturing, Marketing and Corporate activities.

Responsibilities Include:

Maintaining a substantial and active prosecution docket of U.S. and foreign patent applications, including some hands on drafting, and managing outside counsel in patent preparation and prosecution.
Collaborating with CooperVision’s departments in expanding and strengthening the IP portfolio, including identification of patentable inventions.
Providing strategic patent advice to internal clients reflecting team objectives, and identify patent opportunities and risks.
Diligence work, including freedom-to-operate, infringement and validity analyses, and licensing support.
Operating within IP team to improve operational and strategic IP issues.
Developing in-depth expertise in contact lens and ophthalmic areas and provide counsel on patent law issues to scientists conducting research in those areas.
Required Skills:

Strong knowledge of patent law. Some litigation experience a plus but not required.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work closely with members of different business groups and functions at all levels.
Ability to work in a fast paced environment, adapt to rapidly changing priorities, manage heavy workflow, set priorities and deliver results.
Ability to promote positive cooperation and clear communication within IP team and with internal clients.
Technical expertise and/or patent prosecution experience in the areas of polymer science, medical devices or ophthalmology are strongly preferred.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Must be able to engage in domestic and international travel as needed.
Educational Background/Qualifications/Experience:


Necessary Experience:

 Must be a Registered U.S. Patent Attorney (ie. licensed to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.)
J.D. from an ABA accredited law school required and membership in California bar preferred.
Advanced degree in chemistry or biology, with a Ph.D. preferred.
Minimum 8 years experience, including US and foreign patent prosecution, with both experience in a law firm and in-house for a public company. Experience working with a medical device company or ophthalmic related field preferred.


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