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Senior Legal Counsel (Patent)

Nestlé Purina North America
$160,000- $238,000/ year
Posted Mar 22
Full Time
On Site
St. Louis, Missouri

We’re a leader in the pet care industry, which means we’re not only ahead in volume, profit and market share, but our associates dare to Stand Taller. We innovate new products, impart new agilities into existing processes, constantly advance pet nutrition, and always pay it forward in the form of service for our communities and families. Are you up for the dare?

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Position Summary

At Nestlé Purina we believe that pets and people are better together. The best of Legal professionals think ahead of the business needs. You’re proactive—regularly lending a hand to what we need before we need it, while keeping the organization compliant with standards and practices. You know all the ins and outs—many of the details most of us will never know. Nestlé Purina is a place where you’ll surround yourself with teams and projects that are making history in pet care. We’re leaning on you for those details that make an immeasurable difference in every area of what we do .

As a member of a dynamic world-wide team, you’ll be responsible for providing legal counsel and expertise in intellectual property matters, with a primary focus on patents. You’ll provide general legal advice to the global PetCare business in technical IP matters. With your expertise, you’ll ensure that this advice is aligned with the legal strategy developed by the PetCare Global Strategic Business Unit (GSBU), Nestlé General Counsel R&D, and the Nestlé Purina Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel. Additionally, you’ll guarantee that the Nestlé Global IP policies and guidelines are consistently applied.

  • Conduct comprehensive patent searches and analyses to identify existing patents, prior art, and potential patentability of inventions developed by the R&D team
  • Collaborate with inventors, engineers, and scientists to understand the technical aspects of inventions and translate them into patent applications \
  • Draft high-quality patent applications, ensuring compliance with legal requirements and best practices for both foreign and domestic filings
  • Prepare responses to office actions, including conducting legal and technical research, analyzing patent examiner's objections, and formulating persuasive arguments to overcome rejections
  • Manage the patent prosecution process, including filing, tracking, and maintaining patent applications and related documents
  • Conduct patent portfolio analysis and provide strategic guidance on patent filing, maintenance, and enforcement
  • Prepare opinions, including patentability, invalidity, and freedom-to-operate,
  • Collaborate with external patent counsel, to ensure effective management of the patent portfolio
  • Stay updated with the latest developments in patent law, regulations, and industry trends to provide proactive advice and guidance to the R&D team
  • Provide support for partnerships including IP review, drafting, and negotiating of R&D contracts
  • Conduct patent infringement analyses and provide support in patent litigation matters
  • Assist in the evaluation of potential acquisitions or partnerships by conducting due diligence on intellectual property assets



  • Juris Doctor (JD) degree from an accredited law school
  • Active bar admission in good standing in the United States
  • Admission to the USPTO
  • 7+ years of professional legal experience with 3+ of those years dedicated to practicing patent law with a focus on R&D or technology-driven industries



  • Experience in engineering and/or digital technologies is preferred

The approximate pay range for this position is $160,000.00 to $238,000.00. Please note that the pay range provided is a good faith estimate for the position at the time of posting. Final compensation may vary based on factors including but not limited to knowledge, skills, and abilities as well as geographic location. Nestlé offers performance-based incentives and a competitive total rewards package, which includes a 401k with company match, healthcare coverage and a broad range of other benefits. Incentives and/or benefit packages may vary depending on the position. Learn more at About Us | Making an Impact | Nestle Careers (



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