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Sr. Patent Counsel- Princeton, NJ



We have an immediate opportunity for a Patent Attorney to join the Firmenich Legal team based in Princeton, NJ.   This position reports to the global Head of IP and will collaborate within a team of European and US Patent Attorneys to implement the group IP strategy and contribute in building a high performing team and function.


Key Responsibilities:

As part of IP group strategy implementation:

  • Act as an advisor for IP matters relating to open innovation / external partnerships
  • Run risk assessments and mitigation opportunities in the context of partnerships, including due diligence and strengthening IP protection
  • Prepare freedom to operate opinions; Draft or coordinate drafting of patent applications
  • Work in close collaboration with commercial lawyers in the North American Region to support R&D, and business partners in the preparation of IP agreements; Negotiate IP provisions in contracts
  • Run patent compétitive intelligence analyses ;
  • Manage external counsels in the context of IP litigations


As part of building a high performing team & function:

  • Lead by example in execution according to internal processes and best practices
  • Show rigor and discipline in document management and sharing information across team
  • Drive projects in relation with continuous improvements and more efficiency within the function / team
  • Be an active team member and subject matter experts in cross-divisional project to build a high performing function
  • Drive a culture of IP across the organization



  • MS or PhD in Chemistry, chemical engineering or related field
  • Qualified as a US Patent Attorney, at least 10 years’ experience in an in-house IP department
  • Experience in IP transactional matters, including drafting and negotiating IP provisions in contracts, JDA, Licensing, MTA
  • Experience in due diligence and management of full patent life cycle
  • Experience in Freedom to operate assessment


We value:

  • Excel in execution: Promotes and encourages rigor and discipline, analytical and problem solving
  • Decision making: Ensures decisions are aligned across initiatives and functions and made along with existing processes; Takes responsibility for making team decisions based on organizational implications, company risks and business implications
  • Leadership: Lead by example in executing according to processes and driving excellence in execution.   Engage with Business partners; Supports taking calculated entrepreneurial risks and challenges assumptions Encourages cross-divisional working and learning networks
  • Team: Build trust, support and share information within the team. Develop a culture of one-star team instead of a team of star
  • Excellent communication skills: Clear and structured communication adapted to the audience. Able to bring business context and drive simple messages over complex and technical topics
  • Acts as a change champion, especially for challenging or unpopular changes


 We offer:  

  • Entry to exciting and inspiring world of perfumes and taste
  • Culture that values diversity where people are at the heart of the company
  • Being part of a results-oriented organization culture that foster team collaboration
  • Work for a world leading company in environmental and sustainability initiatives

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.


Firmenich is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disability/Veteran
At Firmenich, we create an environment in which employees are valued, motivated and encouraged to reach their full potential. We foster entrepreneurial spirit and imaginative teamwork with freedom to act
within our strategic plans. We recruit and develop the best talents, rewarding them accordingly. We offer competitive pay, career growth opportunities, and an outstanding benefits program that features:
* Generous Paid Time Off!
* Quarterly Bonus Potential!
* Retirement Plans!
* 401(k) with Company Match!
* Low Cost Medical, Dental & Rx & Vision Coverage!
* Tuition Assistance for Employees and Children!
* Flexible Spending Accounts!
* And Many More Employee-Friendly Programs!