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Cummins Inc. Chief Patent Counsel in Indianapolis, Indiana

Chief Patent Counsel


Cummins is a place big enough to coach and develop a global workforce and create the world’s leading clean, engine technology. We’re also small enough for you to find your fit and personal passion with a team of dependable, innovative thinkers who are developing their careers within a diverse, inclusive, empowering environment.

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The Cummins Legal function provides a full range of legal services in support of Cummins Inc. and its consolidated businesses. Our United States staff is located in Columbus and Indianapolis, IN. We also have international legal offices located in the United Kingdom, India, Australia, Brazil, China and Mexico and Africa. Through these various offices, we are able to support our businesses throughout the world.

This is an exciting Chief Patent Counsel opportunity based in Indianapolis, IN, with some travel to Columbus, IN, and offers diverse in-house intellectual property related responsibilities. As Chief Patent Counsel, you will provide legal advice and service on patent, copyright, and trademark matters, including evaluating patents and potential product infringement issues, preparing and overseeing outside counsel’s preparation of patent applications for filing, and representing the company in matters relating to intellectual property that includes strategic alliances, joint ventures, development and licensing, R&D and technology transfer, and mergers and acquisitions.

Your impact will happen in these and other ways:

  • Develop and manage a global legal framework for the protection of Company’s intellectual property

  • Manage all aspects of patent prosecutions; participate in and implement IP strategy, including preparing and filing US patent applications and assisting in filing applications in other jurisdictions and other foreign office actions

  • Provide practical legal advice regarding intellectual property and global portfolio management that furthers business strategies/objectives

  • Participate in and lead invention review committees

  • Conduct invention disclosure interviews to identify new patentable ideas

  • Assist with intellectual property due diligence in mergers and acquisitions and other strategic initiatives that involve Company’s intellectual property

  • Acts as trusted advisor for mid to high level management; has strong grasp of business environment; effectively partners with clients to identify and design needed improvements; provides legal as well as practical advice within the appropriate business context; understands and manages client expectations.

  • Assists in development of legal strategies for business and shares in management of outside counsel relationships

  • May influence or contribute to overall objectives and goals of organization

  • Demonstrates specialization proficiency in one or more areas of law, specialty or function; acts as a resource to others

  • Manages/supervises large and/or complex cases and matters worldwide

  • Responsible for project and matter management with limited supervision; exercises independent judgment

  • Provides support and leadership in improvement and issue-resolution projects in both the Legal function and within the business units.

  • Acts as trusted advisor to management on legal rights and obligations; has strong grasp of business environment; effectively partners with clients to identify and design needed improvements; provides legal as well as practical advice within the appropriate business context; understands and manages stakeholder expectations

  • Researches, evaluates and advises management and other attorneys on recent or prospective changes in laws and regulations

  • Instructs and supervises outside counsel and consultants as needed

  • Supervise one or more junior lawyers, paralegals or administrative assistants.

  • Qualifications

  • High level technical legal skills required

  • Strong IP transactional background, with significant experience negotiating and drafting IP related agreements (M&A experience not required, but preferred)

  • 9 plus years of relevant intellectual property experience, including global and domestic patent and trademark prosecution; IP litigation; global IP portfolio management

Analytical Reasoning - The ability to evaluate and analyze data and information, draw conclusions and present an argument based upon the analysis. The use of critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and problem solving skills are critical to analytical reasoning.

Influencing - Encourages others to change their mindset and/or behaviors to achieve positive results. Presents convincing justification for others to accept ideas and plans. Encourages the open expression of opinions and disagreements. Effectively gains commitment with others to produce high quality work.

Communication - Written and Verbal - Effectively expresses messages and ideas in a clear, organized and relevant manner for a variety of audiences. Develops organized, complete, and convincing communications. Ability to communicate effectively to different levels of the organization.

Relationship Management - Develops rapport, builds trust, and creates value in relationships. Identifies networking opportunities and effectively communicates across functions, BU's, and with both internal and external business partners.

Conflict Management - Deals with conflict in a way that recognizes and manages differing opinions and ideas and refocuses them in a positive and productive manner. Brings conflict and disagreement into the open and attempts to offer a fair resolution collaboratively while maintaining a constructive working relationship.

Education, Licenses, Certifications

  • Juris doctor degree from an accredited law school

  • Professional licence to practice law in one state

  • Intellectual property legal experience of 9-15 years, in a law firm, government, in-house or a combination.

  • B.S. in mechanical, electrical or chemical

Compensation and Benefits

Base annual salary commensurate with experience plus annual variable compensation. Additional benefits vary between locations and include options such as our 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Cash Balance Pension Plan, Medical/Dental/Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Domestic Partners Coverage and a full complement of personal and professional benefits.

Cummins and E-verify

At Cummins, we are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity in the workplace. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, color, disability, national origin, age, religion, union affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship, gender identity and/or expression, or other status protected by law. Cummins validates right to work using E-Verify. Cummins will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

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Primary Location United States-Indiana-Indianapolis-US, IN, Indianapolis, Cummins DBU Headquarters

Job Type Experienced - Exempt / Office

Recruitment Job Type Exempt - Experienced

Job Posting Sep 13, 2019, 6:59:59 PM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 190001Q2