Senior Patent Agent

Feb 02, 2023
Feb 14, 2023
Trademark Agent
Contract Type

Job ID: 36446 Location: Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Clariant is seeking a Senior Patent Agent to support the Corporate Legal Business Unit. The Senior Patent Agent will assist the global Intellectual Property Management (IPM) team to create value from IP, advise internal clients on IP matters, represent Clariant before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and support IP licensing and litigation cases. The Senior Patent Agent will work cross–functionally with the global IPM team, drive intellectual property (IP) strategy development and advise our business leaders on IP matters. In addition, they will be responsible for strategic IP portfolio management developing IP training concepts; coaching IP counsel in legal proceedings before the USPTO and supporting complex contracts. This position is based in Louisville, KY; candidates willing to relocate to Louisville are welcome to apply.


  • Preparing and prosecuting patent applications to ensure registration, enforcement, and defense of technical IP rights
  • Ensuring technical and economic freedom–to–operate for the company
  • Performing analysis and supporting investigations and providing support of legal opinions (infringement/freedom–to–operate/validity)
  • Supporting IP–related litigation activities (infringement, invalidation) before courts
  • Providing support for contracts with a technical and/or scientific background (patent–license contracts, know–how agreements, research cooperation agreements and secrecy agreements)
  • Supporting IP licensing cases and patent–related activities in M&A projects
  • Driving IP strategy development, implementation, and execution; driving strategic IP Portfolio Management
  • Ensuring compliance in all IP–related issues and actions
  • Educating Clariant personnel on patent matters and technology–related contract matters and conducting training to foster IP awareness for business/R&D staff and other relevant stakeholders


  • Registration before US Patent and Trademark Office; University Degree in relevant Technology/Science; Master's Degree or PhD preferred
  • At least 5 years post IP qualification and relevant IP experience in business/technology area, ideally in an international corporation; chemical experience preferred
  • Long term experience and understanding of patent laws and procedures to provide strategic advice on how IP can be leveraged to generate value

What s in it for you?

  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurances
  • Paid Holidays
  • PTO time with a carry–over benefit
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Wellness Program
  • EAP Program
  • Spending and Savings Accounts
  • Life/AD&D Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Online discount Mall
  • Auto/Home Insurance
  • Identity Theft Protection
  • Legal Services Plan

Mahogany McClurkin
Talent Acquisition Partner

Clariant is a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company based in Muttenz near Basel/Switzerland. On 31 December 2021, Clariant totaled a staff number of and recorded sales of CHF 4.372 billion in the fiscal year for its continuing businesses. The company reports in three business areas: Care Chemicals , Catalysis and Natural Resources . Clariant's corporate strategy is led by the overarching purpose of 'Greater chemistry – between people and planet' and reflects the importance of connecting customer focus, innovation, sustainability, and people. Join us and help create sustainable value through chemistry for customers all over the globe.

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Clariant Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected Veteran status, or any other protected class as established by law.

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