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Intellectual Property Lead, North America

Job Id:  5709

Cary, North Carolina, United States

Department:  R&D
Function:  Regulatory, Research and Development
Employee Type:  Permanent Full Time
Seniority Level:  Not Applicable

About UPL

UPL is a leader in global food systems and with the acquisition of Arysta LifeScience, is now one of the top 5 agricultural solutions companies worldwide. With revenue of US$5 billion, UPL has presence in 130 countries. With market access to 90 percent of world’s food basket and focused on high-growth regions, UPL represents a compelling value proposition for growers, distributors, suppliers and innovation partners in a consolidating market. UPL offers an integrated portfolio of both patented and post-patent agricultural solutions for various arable and specialty crops, including biological, crop protection, seed treatment and post-harvest solutions covering the entire crop value chain.


As the Intellectual Property Lead, you will collaborate in the development and delivery of overall North American business strategy as part of a team of IP professionals globally. This is a foundational role to ensure we meet both customer demands, as well as protecting and driving growth in the evolution of our business.


In this role, you will work closely with senior team members and leadership team to assess customers business objectives and to tailor project scope, content, and implementation to best address those objectives. You will be the main point of contact for coordinating all IP matters in North America with the Global IP team. A strong partnership with our OpenAg Center to support all North American IP needs to set patent strategies. You will also be responsible for invention scouting from Research, Development and Chemistry teams, along with field trials and marketing to devise strategy for patent filing.  This role will be responsible for patent drafting through to execution of parent application in North America including contract reviews as it relates to IP matters. It will also review early IP screening and will have the freedom to operate analysis of North American projects.


To be successful in this role, you should be prepared to respond promptly, thoughtfully, and effectively to changing business needs, work environments, and organization priorities. You should be able to communicate effectively and appropriately with internal team members, and other stakeholders in a global and virtual working environment. You will be essential to the efficient functioning of our team, while protecting our assets.





  • Assist in driving Intellectual Property invention scouting and new patent application filings within North America.
  • Freedom to Operate analysis: Patent searches using various databases, Preparation of Patent Landscape, Infringement analysis of formulation/recipe proposed by R&D Chem and Review of critical patents
  • Enjoy collaborating with more- and less-experienced team members on projects
  • Create and maintain Best Practices for Patent Protection
  • Support the creation of project proposals tailored to business objectives and constraints
  • Work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders in the delivery of services, products and solutions
  • Participate in presentations to customers, presenting select content and addressing select issues
  • Serve as a key resource to the team by independently seeking out answers to questions and taking the initiative to address project needs
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify and prioritize the important work, address pressing issues and establish process improvements
  • Utilize queries to retrieve, analyze and manipulate data as necessary
  • Identify opportunities for improvement across our current software platform and recommend solutions to ensure maximum efficiency and utilization
  • Have access to internal and external resources for client and industry research




Required Skills and Experience:


  • 5-10 years of relevant IP experience, preferably including time working as part of an in-house in a large patent firm in an IP team
  • Patent database search, ability to find out relevant prior arts, good computer skills
  • Sound Patent & Formulation Knowledge
  • Good knowledge of US & Canada Patent Rules for doing Infringement analysis
  • Understanding of the chemical/agrochemical business will be advantageous
  • Engineering or technical training highly desired
  • Experience with a wide range of publicly available IP analytic tools and other resources, including IP portfolio management databases



J.D. Law, MBA or other relevant graduate degree highly desired


LOCATION: US Based: Raleigh, NC





Business Acumen - Degree to which an individual understands and applies business knowledge to maintain and advance organizational effectiveness.


Communication - Speaks, writes, listens and presents information in a logical and articulate manner appropriate for the audience                                                 


Organization/Project Management - Plans and schedules work according to changing priorities; designs and maintains effective systems and processes for managing work


Customer Orientation – Understands and anticipates key customer needs and takes appropriate action; is a voice for the customer, educates others on the needs of the customer. Uses customer information to continually improve the customer experience and meet business needs.


Influence – Is able to get others to adopt an action by using data, facts, logic and credible personal presence.


Flexibility/Adaptability - Responds to changing needs of the business; personally, identifies and champions new ideas for improvement and growth


Initiative - Recognizes what needs to be done and takes action and accomplishes results as the situation demands


Problem-solving - Identifies root cause of a problem and works with others to permanently fix problems


Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Number of direct reports – 0
  • Number of indirect reports – 0
  • Budget responsibilities – No


Travel: up to 25% to attend meetings, training, etc.




We are one team, for maximum impact. One team with shared goals. We all play for the team and no-one plays against team. We have a laser-like focus on what our customers need and want, on anticipating their future needs and how we can create innovative solutions and experiences for them.