Vice President, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel

The Chemours Company
Jan 04, 2023
Jan 29, 2023
Contract Type

As we create a colorful, capable and cleaner world through chemistry, we invite you to join our team to harness the power of chemistry to shape markets, redefine industries and improve lives for billions of people around the world.


From the frontline to the back office, every Chemours employee is part of something bigger than themselves as together we work to create a better world through the power of our chemistry.

Chemours is a $6.3 billion company with a portfolio of products and processes that enable technologies and products that people use every day in their lives. From cellular phones to lower emission vehicles, to 5G communications and clean energy from hydrogen, we're collaborating with customers to make these innovations more capable. Simply said, we use our chemistry to change lives, shape markets, and redefine industries–one improvement at a time.

Chemours is seeking a VP, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel to l ead and empower our high performing IP legal team on all intellectual property legal matters for the company. This role is part of our Legal leadership team, reports to our Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, and is located in Wilmington, DE.

The responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Responsible for worldwide intellectual property strategy and management for a significant and growing patent, trademark, and trade secret portfolio, with active assertions and defenses, opinions of counsel, patent procurement, trademark registration, oppositions, trade secret protection and know–how, licensing, copyright and anti–counterfeiting enforcement.

  • Lead and empower a high performing in–house IP legal team in a dynamic environment of continuous transformation to collaborate with commercial business units, technology, and marketing to promote the discovery, development, management and protection of new ideas and associated IP. Help guide the incubation of new technology–driven businesses and business ventures that support, for example, the hydrogen economy, advanced electronics, electrification of transportation, and thermal solutions management

  • Manage relationships with outside counsel globally regarding IP matters including patent and trademark application, prosecution, maintenance and renewal, oppositions, trademark clearances and enforcement, and government grants.

  • Support the development and implementation of the IP strategy, processes, and protection in partnership with the General Counsel, Business Unit Presidents, Chief Development Officer, Chief Security Officer, Commercial, Litigation and M&A AGC's, and business Technology and Marketing leaders, and their global teams.

  • Formulate the company's IP portfolio development strategy to ensure alignment with the company's business priorities and advise on future risks and rewards.

  • Oversee the drafting, negotiation, and review of legal agreements for IP matters, including but not limited to, license agreements, material transfer agreements, sponsored research agreements, joint development agreements, laboratory and field trials, and confidentiality agreements.

  • Develop and manage annual IP budget and implement or oversee IP Management systems.

  • Work with export control and trade compliance on all technology–related matters.

To be qualified for this role, candidates must possess the following:

  • 10+ years of demonstrated ability in developing and implementing IP strategy and counseling executive management on all matters relating to the acquisition, protection, licensing, and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

  • An excellent ability to grasp legal and business issues quickly; balance risks; exercise sound judgment; and provide practical, constructive, and timely counsel.

  • Demonstrated ability and desire to build strong relationships and work cooperatively with operating divisions, functions, and team members.

  • Familiarity working with regulatory and compliance issues affecting a Global IP portfolio.

  • Substantial experience working within the chemicals industry, and experience with Fluoropolymers and Fluorochemicals is desirable.

  • Ability to perform white space/ competitor and freedom to operate analysis for new products and technologies.

  • Experience with driving revenue generating opportunities through IP assertion and licensing.

  • Skilled at leveraging digital tools to provide value for customers.

  • Be a role model of Chemours Leadership Behaviors

Education Requirements:

  • Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor degree from an ABA accredited law school

  • An active member in good standing of at least one state bar

  • USPTO bar admissions required.

Special Physical and/ or Mental Requirements:

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally


Competitive Compensation

Comprehensive Benefits Packages

401(k) Match

Employee Stock Purchase Program

Tuition Reimbursement

Commuter Benefits

Learning and Development Opportunities

Strong Inclusion and Diversity Initiatives

Company–paid Volunteer Days

We're a different kind of chemistry company because we see our people as our biggest assets. Instead of focusing just on what our employees do each day, we look at how they do it–by taking a different approach to talent development, employee engagement, and culture. Our goal is to empower employees to be their best selves, at Chemours and in life. And we're proud to be Certified by Great Place to Work .

Learn more about Chemours and our culture by visiting

Chemours is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, religion, color, gender, disability, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, marital status, family status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran status. Jurisdictions may have additional grounds for non–discrimination, and we comply with all applicable laws.

Chemours is an E–Verify employer

Candidates must be able to perform all duties listed with or without accommodation

Immigration sponsorship (i.e., H1–B visa, F–1 visa (OPT), TN visa or any other non–immigrant status) is not currently available for this position

At Chemours, you will find sustainability in our vision, our business and your future. If you want to work on the leading edge of your field and have a desire to make a difference, join Chemours and discover what it means when we say "We Are Living Chemistry".