Patent Agent
Vermeer Corporation - Pella, IA

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Description

The Patent Agent protects product position through the application and use of patent laws by monitoring, evaluating, coordinating, and prosecuting the intellectual property aspects of the development of the products manufactured and/or distributed by Vermeer.

Essential duties and responsibilities

include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Determine potential patentability by researching and reviewing Vermeer’s ideas and inventions in relation to active patents, competitors’ designs, court decisions etc. Monitor potential patent infringement between the competition’s products and Vermeer’s products by analysis of published/issued patents and features/structure of products, discussion where necessary by communicating with outside counsel and formulation of product clearance decisions.

Initiate, manage, and monitor the prosecution of patent applications by assisting outside counsel in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Assist in the

preparation of supporting claims, arguments, amendments, and drawings either by creating all or part in-house.

Review patent applications with outside patent counsel for accuracy and content prior to authorizing filing.

Use patent laws to protect Vermeer’s product position and secure patent protection for ideas and inventions by reviewing development activities, invention disclosures, investigating inventions with the inventor(s).

Review intellectual property positions for segments and lead the Segments’ Engineering and Product Development personnel on how to shape future development, according to positioning. Conduct semi-annual reviews with each segment on strategic positioning of their products and competition.

Monitor an in-house file of prior art patents pertinent to Vermeer’s products, including conducting a continuing watch for previously issued and newly issued patents.

Qualifications

Bachelors Degree with a major recognized and qualified according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rules required.

Graduate of an ABET accredited college, preferred.

7+ years previous experience in technical field required; and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Other Skills and Abilities

Ability to analyze, prepare and lead discussions and review of product positioning with highest levels of Segment personnel.

Ability to effectively communicate and interact with diverse audiences both orally and in writing and maintain positive interpersonal relationships which encourage openness with customers and peers.

Ability to analyze risk in terms of patentability and possible patent infringement.

Increased knowledge in Company areas of business, including knowledge of products and customers.

Ability to effectively communicate and interact with diverse audiences both orally and in writing and maintain positive interpersonal relationships which encourage openness with customers and peers.

Knowledge of patent laws and their potential application to Vermeer products.

Ability to develop annual budget plan for intellectual property projects for Legal department and segments.

Ability to deal with confidential information in an effective manner.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Certified Patent Agent through the USPTO examination, or eligible and able to become licensed within 12 months.

Vermeer is an EEO/M/F/V/D employer

Job

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Legal

Schedule

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Full-time

Shift

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1st Shift

Primary Location

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Iowa-Pella

Job Posting

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Oct 9, 2012, 1:29:42 PM

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