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Senior Patent Agent

Corteva Agriscience
Posted May 14
Full Time
On Site
Johnston, Iowa


Who are we, and what do we do?

Corteva Agriscience is the only major agriscience company in the world completely dedicated to agriculture. Our purpose is to enrich the lives of those who produce and those who consume, ensuring progress for generation to come. Our inspiration is to be a market shaper, driving the next generation of agriculture products that help farms and farmers flourish and through partnering with society becoming the most trusted partner in the global agriculture and food community.

With a global footprint and over 21,000 employees, Corteva is building the future of agriculture and leading breakthroughs in the innovation and application of science and technology that will better the lives of people all over the world and fuel the progress of humankind.

Corteva Agriscience is looking for an innovative, energetic, and transformational Sr. Patent Agent.

Seeking a new and challenging opportunity to further enhance your patent agent career without the hassle of billable hours? Tired of being in the background while doing all the patent work for clients? Corteva Agriscience has an opening for an experienced patent agent at its facility located in Johnston, Iowa. This is a highly visible, key role within Corteva’s Intellectual Property group which provides an exciting opportunity to work closely with an in-house legal team, brilliant scientists and business partners involved in a variety of world-class technologies such as advanced breeding, genomics, CRISPR and artificial intelligence. An individual well-suited to this position must exhibit vision, integrity, commitment, leadership, self-motivation, maturity and judgement. Be part of our team and help us harness the power of our over $1 billion annual R&D spend and launch innovative products to help solve global food security and climate change challenges!


Key Responsibilities & Accountabilities – What you will do to help us grow!

  • U.S. patent drafting.
  • U.S. and foreign patent prosecution.
  • Familiarity with Patent administrative proceedings.
  • IP portfolio development aligned with the business strategy.
  • Invention development.
  • Inventor education.
  • Patentability and landscape analysis.
  • Assistance in Freedom to Operate analysis.



Experience and Education – What you’ll bring to the table!

  • Advanced degree (M.S. or Ph.D.) from a reputable institution and a strong background in quantitative genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, breeding or in a related bioinformatics computer science discipline.
  • Registered to Practice before the USPTO as a Patent Agent.
  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience in drafting and/or prosecuting patent applications as a Registered U.S. Patent Agent, preferably in a law firm.
  • Capable of analyzing patent landscape and advising clients on patentability considerations for complex technologies.
  • Experience working with foreign associates to assist and coordinate filing and prosecution of international patent matters.
  • Ability to work independently and proactively with minimal direction.
  • Ability to maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work tasks or work environment and to facilitate implementation and acceptance of change within the workplace.
  • Strong organizational skills, keen attention to detail, and ability to prioritize projects and meet aggressive deadlines.
  • Superior communication, influencing and networking skills.
  • Outstanding writing skills as demonstrated by original writing samples of patent applications, prosecution submissions, memorandums, and other communications.

The following skill sets are preferred by the Legal function but not required

  • Post-graduate R&D laboratory experience for 2 or more years.
  • In-house legal department experience.
  • Experience with independently prosecuting large patent dockets.
  • Experience with developing and implementing IP strategies and IP portfolio analyses.


Benefits – How We’ll Support You:

  • Numerous development opportunities offered to build your skills
  • Be part of a company with a higher purpose and contribute to making the world a better place
  • Health benefits for you and your family on your first day of employment
  • Four weeks of paid time off and two weeks of well-being pay per year, plus paid holidays
  • Excellent parental leave which includes a minimum of 16 weeks for mother and father
  • Future planning with our competitive retirement savings plan and tuition reimbursement program
  • Learn more about our total rewards package here – Corteva Benefits
  • Check out life at Corteva!


Are you a good match? Apply today! We seek applicants from all backgrounds to ensure we get the best, most creative talent on our team.

Corteva Agriscience™ is an equal-opportunity employer. We are committed to boldly embracing the power of inclusion, diversity, and equity to enrich the lives of our employees and strengthen the performance of our company while advancing equity in agriculture. Qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability or any other protected class. Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation are inconsistent with our values and will not be tolerated. If you require a reasonable accommodation to search or apply for a position, please visit:

To all recruitment agencies: Corteva does not accept unsolicited third party resumes and is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.