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Head of Intellectual Property - Global Seeds & Biotech

Company: CTI Education Group
Location: Greensboro
Posted on: May 3, 2021

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Job Description - Head of Intellectual Property - Global Seeds & Biotech (18026300)

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Head of Intellectual Property - Global Seeds & Biotech - ( 18026300 )


Syngenta is a global leader in agriculture; rooted in science and dedicated to bringing plant potential to life. Each of our 28,000 employees in more than 90 countries work together to solve one of humanitys most pressing challenges: growing more food with fewer resources. A diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace environment are enablers of our ambition to be the most collaborative and trusted team in agriculture. Our employees reflect the diversity of our customers, the markets where we operate and the communities which we serve. No matter what your position, you will have a vital role in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet. Join us and help shape the future of agriculture.

About Us

We invite you to help us shape the future of agriculture. At Syngenta, we believe every employee has a role to play in safely feeding the world and taking care of our planet. To support that challenge, the Legal team is currently seeking a Head of Intellectual Property Global Seeds & Biotech based in Greensboro, NC. In this role, you will be a key member of the Legal Department Leadership Team. You will provide overall leadership, strategic guidance on IP matters and have people development responsibility for the IP Global Seeds & Biotechnology legal team.

You will have strategic responsibility for establishing a global framework to defend, enforce, and leverage Syngentas IP rights to protect Syngentas innovations globally and to expand Syngentas freedom-to-operate. The successful candidate will establish strong leadership for Seeds IP internally and externally.


Provide global leadership, strategic oversight and management for the Seeds IP activities globally including leading development and implementation of patentability and freedom-to-operate, filing and prosecuting strategy, advising on IP issues in transactions, due diligence, patent oppositions, reexaminations, and revocations.

Lead a broad range of IP activities globally for the Seeds business including IP enforcement, litigation, defense, protecting proprietary information, providing as business partner advice and counseling to the R&D, Legal, Marketing, Commercial Operations, Supply Chain and other business functions.

Ensure that the development and management of the business patent organizational is fully aligned with the needs of an effective strategy design and implementation by identifying ideal organization structure, role profiles, capability and skills necessary in the organization to implement strategies and identifying gaps and filling them through training, coaching, hiring and changing organizational set up accordingly.

Participates in and shapes IP related business negotiations and supports regional transactional activities having an IP component.

Monitor the development of legislation and case law for patent and trademark protection and enforcement, extract and communicate conclusion and implications for Syngentas business, and pro-actively amends IP strategies in consequence of changes.

Ensures and coordinates IP training within the region for R&D, Legal, Marketing, Commercial Operations, Supply Chain and other business functions (in coordination with global Legal & Taxes function), and builds robust links with the R&D functions in the Region.


10+ years practicing as a Patent attorney along with experience in a wide range of substantive areas of the law.

10+ years of broad, in-depth, international IP experience specifically in biotech patent matters.

Experience serving as a counselor to leadership teams and senior R&D leaders, with a proven ability to deliver and develop robust IP strategies in a proactive, objective and commercially oriented manner.

Robust hands-on experience in IP (patent and trademark) litigation and working at the country level with outside counsel as necessary.

Highly experienced in patent and trademark enforcement and licensing (incl. contract drafting and reviewing), including related legal areas such as contract law and anti-trust law.

Detailed experience in patent and trademark enforcement and protection strategies.

Significant transactional experience, including without limitation licensing, collaborations, and IP due diligence in the context of M&A.

Solid experience in technology-related agreement drafting and negotiation, including confidentiality agreements, research and evaluation agreements and IP licensing agreements.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working for an agriculture company within a seeds business

Ph.D. degree in a life science field would be a plus.

What We Offer:

Full Benefit Package (Medical, Dental & Vision) that starts the same day you do

401k plan with company match, Profit Sharing & Retirement Savings Contribution

Paid Vacation, 12 Paid Holidays, Maternity and Paternity Leave, Education Assistance, Wellness Programs, Corporate Discounts among others

A culture that promotes work/life balance, celebrates diversity and offers numerous family-oriented events throughout the year

Syngenta is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC)

Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA)

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