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Patent Agent

Posted Jul 09
Full Time
On Site
Atlanta, Georgia

Your Job

Koch Capabilities, LLC, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., is seeking an experienced and self-driven patent agent to join our IP Legal Capability to manage one or more global patent portfolios strategically and actively. The Koch IP Legal Capability provides intellectual property legal support to all Koch operating businesses worldwide.

The position is open to being worked in Lisle, IL; Rochester Hills, MI; Atlanta, GA; Houston, TX; Washington D.C; and Wichita, KS. This role will work initially to support Molex and will require monthly travel to Lisle, IL if not based in Lisle.


Our Team

The Koch Capabilities legal team seeks to advance Koch’s vision by providing strategic advice and solutions to Koch’s businesses based on our knowledge of legal, regulatory and compliance matters. We operate and collaborate as one united team that applies comparative advantage throughout our leveraged capability, across our operating companies and with our external partners. As a team, we encourage experimentation, knowledge sharing and continuous transformation.

What You Will Do

  • Proactively engage business and technical stakeholders to gain a deep understanding of key technology, product offerings, and business objectives
  • Strategically develop and shape a global patent portfolio in conjunction with in-house counsel consistent with shifting business priorities
  • Actively manage preparation and prosecution of patent applications by outside counsel, both domestic and international
  • Efficiently manage a global patent docket by timely obtaining/providing instructions while avoiding unnecessary delays, extension fees, and/or reminders
  • Conduct patent training
This position may further require you to:
  • Assist in IP due diligence for M&A transactions
  • Assist on freedom-to-operate, landscape, inventorship, ownership and/or post-issuance projects
  • Provide litigation support
  • Work on team projects and initiatives in general support of the IP Legal Capability


Who You Are (Basic Qualifications)

  • Registration to practice before the USPTO
  • Undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, or an equivalent degree with heavy coursework focusing on electrical or mechanical course subject matter
  • Experience in a law firm or corporate environment working independently (with minimal supervision) on drafting original patent applications and/or formulating strategies for, and drafting responses to, Office Actions?
  • Patent portfolio management experience


What Will Put You Ahead

  • Strategic counseling experience related to patent portfolio management
  • 5+ years in a law firm or corporate environment working independently (with minimal supervision) on drafting original patent applications and formulating strategies for, and drafting responses to, Office Action with an electro-mechanical focus
  • Previous in-house patent experience
  • International patent prosecution experience
  • Primary responsibility for patent portfolio management
  • Industrial electro-mechanical research and development experience
  • Familiarity with IP software systems


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.


Hiring Philosophy

All Koch companies value diversity of thought, perspectives, aptitudes, experiences, and backgrounds. We are Military Ready and Second Chance employers. Learn more about our hiring philosophy here.


Who We Are

Koch Industries creates and innovates a wide spectrum of products and services that make life better. Our work spans a vast number of industries across the world, including engineered technology, refining, chemicals and polymers, pulp and paper, glass, electronics and many more. Headquartered in Wichita, Kansas, Koch employs 120,000+ employees across the globe. 

At Koch, employees are empowered to do what they do best to make life better. Learn how our business philosophy helps employees unleash their potential while creating value for themselves and the company.


Our Benefits

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.

Additionally, everyone has individual work and personal needs. We seek to enable the best work environment that helps you and the business work together to produce superior results.


Equal Opportunities

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