Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 160 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.
Corning succeeds through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.
Scope of Position: Meet business and corporate IP needs by providing a full range of IP services and counseling to assigned business clients, and building and maintaining a portfolio of patents and other IP that advance the technical and commercial interests of the company. It is contemplated that this role would engage across several programs and technologies and would have a significant focus on patent preparation and prosecution.
Key Accountabilities Include:
- Partners with the business to develop and execute IP strategies aligned with commercial and technical objectives.
- Manages global patent portfolios from invention disclosure through enforcement and agency procedures, including substantial preparation, prosecution and maintenance of Corning’s US patents and supervision of US and foreign outside counsel.
- Performs risk assessment studies relating to business activities, new product plans, and commercial and technical strategies and provides legal opinions as to patent scope, infringement and validity.
- Supports patent assertion, challenges, and litigation efforts, as appropriate.
- Monitors the competitive IP space and works with competitive intelligence group for the relevant business(es) to identify potential infringing products.
- Participates in M&A due diligence activities.
- Performs substantive transactional work, including, negotiation and drafting license, joint development, sponsored research, material transfer, confidential disclosure, and other IP-related agreements.
- Counsels the business on various legal matters, including competitor’s IP, public disclosure of information, what information can be disclosed at a trade show, what can be published etc.
- Provides departmental and Company-wide training and seminars on relevant IP and information management related topics,
- Provides ad-hoc support to and maintains open communication with Law Department attorneys leveraging an extensive knowledge of relevant IP law and technical areas of expertise
- Participates in or leads improvement projects and Law Department initiatives.
Required Education and Skills:
- JD degree and member in good standing of state Bar and registered to practice before the USPTO or have registration within 1 year of hire date.
- BS and/or advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering preferred, but other technical backgrounds and experience that correspond well with our optical connectivity technologies will be considered.
- Very good written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to identify and manage risks and recommend appropriate solutions consistent with the relevant risk tolerances of assigned business and the Company.
- Ability to reduce complexity to an actionable set of facts and decision points.
- Ability to work independently and manage multiple simultaneous projects effectively.
- Comfortable interacting with inventors, managers and senior leadership.
- Good common sense and judgment.
Critical Work Experiences:
- 2-6 years as a practicing patent attorney (law firm experience preferred)
- Significant experience preparing and prosecuting patents, including supervision of foreign counsel.
- Experience performing risk analyses and drafting infringement and validity opinions.
- Prior technical or patent examiner experience e.g., engineering or other technical role in industry
- Exposure or experience drafting IP agreements and negotiating of IP transactions
- Experience in litigation or USPTO or other patent office procedures