Patent Manager
Novelis - Kennesaw, GA

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Company Description

Novelis is the world’s premier producer of rolled aluminum and the global leader in aluminum recycling. Drawing on our expertise, commitment to innovation and world-leading technology, we deliver sustainable solutions for the most demanding applications, including automobiles, beverage cans, architecture and consumer electronics. Our customers include major brands such as ABInBev, Audi, Ball, BMW, Coca-Cola, Crown Packaging, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, LG, Mercedes-Benz, Rexam, Samsung and others. The lifecycle sustainability of Novelis aluminum brings tremendous benefits to our customers, consumers and society.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, Novelis has approximately 11,000 employees in 25 operating facilities in nine counties in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. The company reported revenue of $9.8 billion for its 2013 fiscal year and is investing $1.7 billion globally in expansions to meet the growing demand for aluminum.

Role Overview

Reporting to the Assistant General Counsel, Operations and Intellectual Property, the Patent Manager will be responsible for multiple aspects of new patent creation and maintenance of the existing patent portfolio. This position will support the patent development process and will work closely with the researchers, engineers, and operational employees to support the creation and documentation of inventions and protect the inventions through the development of patent applications and trade secrets. The Patent Manager will work with the broader IP Department to facilitate the IP Governance Process. Specifically, the Patent Manger will review and finalize invention records with the inventors, review and improve patent applications including claims analysis, and lead patent portfolio reviews with Global Technology Directors. Additionally, the Patent Manager may be asked to support other IP related activities including evaluation of licensing opportunities, assisting in reviewing IP agreements, monitoring the competitive patent landscape, performing infringement analysis and litigation support, and facilitating patentability and freedom to operate assessments. The position requires extensive interface with outside counsel and internal client support and training.

  • Works directly with researchers, engineers, and operational employees to support the creation and documentation of invention records.
  • Works with the inventors to ensure that invention records are thoroughly completed and finalized prior to presenting them to the IP Review Committee.
  • Prepares all invention records and documentation for quarterly IP Review Committee meeting.
  • Ensures that all Committee decisions are implemented in a timely fashion and communicated out correctly.
  • Works with outside counsel to facilitate the filing of provisional applications for all invention records determined patentable by the Committee.
  • Performs domestic and foreign patent prosecution in cooperation with outside counsel, in the development and management of global patent portfolio.
  • Directs and approves key decisions regarding patent opposition, foreign filing country selection, termination of prosecution, appeals and pruning of the global patent portfolio while corresponding with inventors and outside counsel throughout the patent prosecution process.
  • Makes quality and value decisions on continuing prosecution, scope of claims and decisions regarding overall adequacy and appropriateness of available protection.
  • Initiates review of strategic patent portfolios on a semi-annual basis.
  • Provides training for all research and technology employees regarding IP policies and practices.
  • Evaluate licensing opportunities, assist in reviewing agreements, monitor competitive patent landscape and perform infringement analysis.
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in engineering or scientific discipline and 5 years relevant work experience required
  • Patent Agent registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Ability to review and analyze technically complex documents, including scientific papers, patents and technical specifications.
  • Knowledge of patent application process and familiarity with reviewing patents.
  • Excellent communication skills, including technical writing and oral presentation.

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Primary Location US-Georgia-1950 Vaughn Road Kennesaw, Georgia 30144

Schedule Full-time
Job Posting Feb 25, 2014, 2:02:19 PM

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