Senior Intellectual Asset Leader

Kimberly-Clark Careers
Sep 24, 2023
Sep 27, 2023
Trademark Agent
Contract Type
You're not the person who will settle for just any role. Neither are we. Because we're out to create Better Care for a Better World, and that takes a certain kind of person and teams who care about making a difference. Here, you'll bring your professional expertise, talent, and drive to building and managing our portfolio of iconic, ground–breaking brands. In this role, you'll help us deliver better care for billions of people around the world. It starts with YOU . Position Summary: As the Senior Intellectual Asset Leader you will be accountable for Intellectual Asset (IA) management for Kimberly–Clark's Personal Care Team (specifically focused on Adult and Feminine Care Research and Development). In this role you will inspire others and lead IA development that provides a competitive advantage. Responsibilities: Identify gaps in existing Kimberly Clark (K–C) and competitive patent portfolios. Recommend potential technical programs to fill gaps. Support the identification of opportunities to strengthen K–C patent estates and the development of relevant projects. Identify competitive patents that should be opposed. Own application of the IA strategy process and ensure development of cross functional Global IA Strategies for key projects and programs. Work effectively with global inventors to develop actionable invention disclosure submissions. Help R&E teams define inventions over prior products/documents as well as broadening of potential claims. Maintain a working knowledge of K–C products, manufacturing processes, K–C patent estate, and competitive patent estates. Assist teams with the creation of Intellectual Assets through facilitation of ideation sessions and thought leadership of invention disclosure initiatives. Help to recognize protectable inventions, patent, and prior art searches, and assisting legal during the prosecution of patents. Assess K–C and competitive patent estates to understand to develop competitive insights. Contribute to the review of K–C patent estates and determine areas of opportunity to further shelter technologies for K–C. Identify training needs and collaborate with the Legal team to develop and implement training. Be approachable to the team for spontaneous questions and mentorship. Lead a global Intellectual Asset Review Committee (IARC). Work directly with attorneys, subject matter experts, R&E team members and business leaders to make and implement intellectual asset decisions. Facilitate patent filings, oppositions, foreign filing decisions, competitive patent reviews, publication, and trade secret processes. Maintain a basic understanding or third–party contact agreements and ensure Service Agreements and Joint Development Agreements are established as part of IA Strategies. About Us At Kimberly–Clark, you'll be part of the best teams committed to driving innovation and growth. We're founded on 150 years of market leadership, and we're always looking for new and better ways to perform–so what can you do with that? There's no time like the present to make an impact at Kimberly–Clark. It's all here for you at Kimberly–Clark. ( ) Led by Purpose. Driven by You. About You You're driven to perform at the highest level possible, and you appreciate a performance culture fueled by authentic caring. You want to be part of a company actively dedicated to sustainability, inclusion, wellbeing, and career development. To succeed in this role, you will need the following qualifications. Required: A Bachelor's degree in a relevant science or engineering discipline and 2 or more years of experience involved in patent work. Strong collaboration, decisiveness, and communication skills required to interact effectively and independently with all levels of the enterprise. Ability to influence without direct authority. Competency and experience in understanding the issues and aspects associated with developing and obtaining patents and enabling inventors to create intellectual property. Demonstrated competence in searching and analyzing patent art. Demonstrated working knowledge of IA/IP law, and IA/IP management. Knowledge of external Patent & Trademark Office processes for protection of K–C invention. Preferred Qualifications: Experience in Consumer Products industry. Law degree and/or direct experience in managing intellectual assets Knowledge of the IA management system ANAQUA. Experience with intellectual assets for FDA regulated medical devices. Global patent experience Total Benefits For a complete overview, see ( ) Hybrid Work Arrangements: You're looking to make a difference. When and where it works best for you. And at Kimberly Clark, we're constantly exploring new ideas on how, when, and where we can best achieve results. When you join our team, you'll experience Flex That Works, flexible work (hybrid) arrangements that empower you to have purposeful time in the office and partner with your leader to make flexibility work for both you and the business. Veterans and members of the Reserve and Guard are highly encouraged to apply. For Kimberly–Clark to grow and prosper, we must be an inclusive organization that applies the diverse experiences and passions of its team members to brands that make life better for people all around the world. We actively seek to build a workforce that reflects the experiences of our consumers. When you bring your original thinking to Kimberly–Clark, you fuel the continued success of our enterprise. We are a committed equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, pregnancy, genetic information, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Additional information about the compensation and benefits for this role are available upon request. You may contact or ("mailto:") for assistance. You must include the six digit Job # with your request. The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this classification. Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position. K–C will support in–country relocation for the chosen candidate for the role. The benefits provided will be per the terms of K–C's applicable mobility policies. The benefits/policy provided will decided in K–C's sole discretion.