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Patent Attorney

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Koch Companies Public Sector (KCPS), a subsidiary of Koch Industries, is seeking a motivated patent attorney with critical thinking skills and an appetite for transformation to join our integrated IP legal capability as a counsel or senior counsel, supporting the diverse and global businesses of the Koch companies. This role has significant interaction with business and R&D leadership and will strategically guide and profitably manage growing innovation activities in the electronics and tech sectors for evolving Koch businesses. 

The ideal candidate will demonstrate integrity, act in compliance with all Patent Office rules and procedures, be confident interfacing with clients and team members in a respectful manner and be a lifelong learner. 

The position is preferably located in Auburn Hills, Michigan, or Lisle or Chicago, Illinois, but can be based in Atlanta, Georgia, or Wichita, Kansas. 

At Koch, we offer opportunities for career growth at one of the largest, most financially stable companies in the world, at competitive pay and benefits. Koch companies employ more than 120,000 people across 60 countries, and include Molex, Georgia-Pacific, Guardian Industries, INVISTA, Koch Ag & Energy Solutions, Koch Engineered Solutions, Flint Hills Resources and Infor. 

What You Will Do In Your Role

Become a preferred partner through strong engagement with commercial and technical stakeholders of advancing businesses in electronics and software markets, to confidently deliver sophisticated counsel and value-driven services in line with commercial objectives. Among other responsibilities, this includes:

  • Strategically developing and managing company’s global patent portfolios, including actively shaping portfolios consistent with shifting business objectives considering third-party patent risks, competitive patent portfolios, and products/processes 
  • Actively managing preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, working to help steer inventive activities and align patent assets with value creation 
  • Developing profitable IP and commercial positions for third-party collaborations, along with drafting, negotiating IP-related agreements 
  • Performing IP due diligence and drafting and negotiating IP-related terms for M&A transactions as part of the deal team 
  • Counseling businesses on risks, options and recommendations concerning potential disputes and teaming with in-house litigation capability and outside counsel to deliver advantaged outcomes on technical IP litigation matters 
  • Providing technical IP training 

The Experience You Will Bring


  • Juris Doctor from an accredited law school 
  • State bar admission; registration to practice before the USPTO 
  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, software engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics or relevant related degree
  • 3+ years of previous experience in patent law 
  • Experience in software systems

What Will Put You Ahead

  • 5+ years of previous experience in patent law 
  • Previous experience practicing in-house 
  • Familiarity with IP software systems (e.g., First to File, Innography, Memotech) 
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in computer science or software engineering 

Our goal is for each employee, and their families, to live fulfilling and healthy lives. We provide essential resources and support to build and maintain physical, financial, and emotional strength - focusing on overall wellbeing so you can focus on what matters most. Our benefits plan includes - medical, dental, vision, flexible spending and health savings accounts, life insurance, ADD, disability, retirement, paid vacation/time off, educational assistance, and may also include infertility assistance, paid parental leave and adoption assistance. Specific eligibility criteria is set by the applicable Summary Plan Description, policy or guideline and benefits may vary by geographic region. If you have questions on what benefits apply to you, please speak to your recruiter.

At Koch companies, we are entrepreneurs. This means we openly challenge the status quo, find new ways to create value and get rewarded for our individual contributions. Any compensation range provided for a role is an estimate determined by available market data. The actual amount may be higher or lower than the range provided considering each candidate’s knowledge, skills, abilities, and geographic location. If you have questions, please speak to your recruiter about the flexibility and detail of our compensation philosophy.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disability and protected veteran status.
Except where prohibited by state law, all offers of employment are conditioned upon successfully passing a drug test. 
This employer uses E-Verify.  Please visit the following website for additional information: www.kochcareers.com

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