Posted Apr 18

Senior Intellectual Property Counsel

Santa Clara, CA Full Time


Agilent inspires and supports discoveries that advance the quality of life. We provide life science, diagnostic and applied market laboratories worldwide with instruments, services, consumables, applications and expertise.

Agilent is seeking an experienced patent attorney to join its growing Intellectual Property Department. In this position you will provide leadership in patent strategy, patent preparation and prosecution, intellectual property transactions, due diligence, freedom-to-operate analysis, dispute resolution, and litigation support. More generally, you will be responsible for identifying intellectual property issues, developing effective solutions to intellectual property problems, and guiding the business.

This role is one of three newly-created positions that will report directly to Agilent’s Vice President of Global Intellectual Property & Chief IP Counsel and support businesses and technology platforms on the cutting edge of genomics, life sciences, and chemical analysis.

Qualifications: Qualifications: The position requires admission to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, a JD or equivalent, membership in good standing of the California Bar (or member in good standing of another state bar and eligible for RIHC status in California), an undergraduate or graduate degree or other training or experience relevant to software & informatics, instrumentation, automation/robotics, microfluidics, and related technology areas in the context of chemical analysis (e.g., MS, GC-MS, LC-MS), genomics (e.g., sequencing, arrays, bioinformatics), and life sciences generally. A strong technological aptitude to learn and work with a range of technologies is required.

Minimum of ten years’ practical experience is required, including having the ability to critically review and revise patent applications; thoroughly analyze patent infringement, validity, and related issues; work collaboratively with and manage external counsel (e.g., regarding patent prosecution, due diligence, patent analysis/opinions); and undertake and manage a variety of intellectual property matters. Experience in freedom-to-operate analysis is required, and experience in due diligence and litigation analysis and support will be a plus.

Excellent analytic and communication skills are necessary, as is commitment to continuous learning, teamwork, and collaboration.

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