Thursday, November 14, 2013

Patent Attorney - John Deere

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Why John Deere

John Deere combines innovation and technology to produce exceptional equipment and services that delight our customers. We are a world leader in providing advanced products and services and are committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity.  We make John Deere a great place to work through an emphasis on work-life balance and a values-based culture that encourages professional development and community involvement.
Our Global Law Services organization provides key legal resources for the John Deere enterprise, charged with the task of providing representation for the company regarding various products and services in our domestic and global markets. These legal counsel opportunities can range from Human Resources/Compliance, Patent, Trademark and Corporate Securities to Product Liability. No matter what the topic, our legal team ensures the John Deere team continues to operate with integrity.
What You Will Do:
As a Patent Attorney for John Deere you will provide Intellectual Property counsel, recommendations, and alternatives for complex legal questions and issues. In addition, you will:
  • Draft, negotiate, and/or file legal briefs and documents including patent applications, clearance opinions, notices, agreements and licenses
  • Assist senior attorneys in analysis of IP issues
  • Review legal documents for compliance with applicable laws
  • Stay current on emerging trends in IP law through continuing legal education, reading, professional conferences, and participating in professional associations

What It Takes

We need an excellent communicator, both written and verbal, who thrives on solving problems and working in a global team environment. Ideally, you will have a Juris Doctorate degree and related experience. We also require:
  • Knowledge of IP (Intellectual Property) risk management within areas of responsibility
  • Experience with IP legal issues affecting area of responsibility, ability to identify issues associated with assigned tasks, and able to spot ethical issues in practice
  • Skill in interpersonal communications, negotiation, and conflict resolution
  • Minimum 2 years of experience in the practice of law in a private law firm or corporate law department
 A strong candidate will also have:
  • Knowledge of Intellectual Asset Management, including Intellectual Property strategic planning for product lines, technologies and services
  • Prior experience in the management of projects including intellectual property, competitive intelligence, client education, contracts
  • Experience with patent preparation and prosecution, in the US and outside US
  • Electrical engineering, computer engineering or computer science degree, or experience drafting patent applications in these areas strongly preferred
  • USPTO registration strongly preferred
What You Will Get
At John Deere, rewards are not limited to monetary compensation. We offer our employees a comprehensive range of tangible and intangible benefits that help us retain the best and brightest professionals in the industry. Click here to learn more about our Total Rewards Program.
Ready for intense teamwork, ambitious objectives and a rewards package that makes it all worthwhile?
The information contained herein is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and qualifications required of individuals performing the job.  The qualifications detailed in this job description are not considered the minimum requirements necessary to perform the job, but rather as guidelines.  An Equal Opportunity Employer, John Deere requires a diversity of people, perspectives and ideas to address the complex challenges of its global business.


 - Legal

Primary Location

 - United States-Illinois-Moline

Other Locations

 - United States-Iowa-Des Moines, United States-Iowa-Johnston


 - Deere & Company Headquarters


 - Full-time


 - Day Job