Patent Agent

Department:  Legal
Date:  Nov 26, 2022


FMC Corporation is a global agricultural sciences company dedicated to helping growers produce food, feed, fiber and fuel for an expanding world population while adapting to a changing environment. FMC's innovative crop protection solutions – including biologicals, crop nutrition, digital and precision agriculture – enable growers, crop advisers and turf and pest management professionals to address their toughest challenges economically while protecting the environment. With approximately 6,400 employees at more than 100 sites worldwide, FMC is committed to discovering new herbicide, insecticide and fungicide active ingredients, product formulations and pioneering technologies that are consistently better for the planet.


FMC is a globally diverse organization that offers its employees exciting opportunities to work on challenging projects that are important to the achievement of our strategic objectives.  With a corporate culture of innovation, integrity, responsibility and customer intimacy, we foster “The Right Chemistry” in everything we do. We are looking for people to join us in creating, developing, and improving our products, our processes, and our markets. If you are ready to make a difference every day, FMC is ready to talk to you.  Visit FMC to learn more and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter


Due to our strong business growth, our team of patent agents continues to expand.  FMC seeks an experienced patent agent qualified to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.



  • Develop and maintain a patent portfolio which protects an assigned portion of FMC’s Discovery and Development R&D.
  • Prepare and prosecute patent applications in jurisdictions worldwide.
  • Develop and update IP strategy to stay aligned with business strategy.
  • Conduct periodic patent portfolio reviews to maintain alignment with business and strategic direction.
  • Support IP attorneys, including analysis of third- party patents.
  • Manage legal costs and resources.


Required Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering or related field.


  • 5+ years or more R&D experience
  • 5+ years in a patent agent role
  • Ability to travel to Philadelphia at least 1 day per month
  • Qualified to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Takes initiative and works independently, while coordinating with colleagues and internal clients
  • Demonstrated ability to manage executive level confidential situations
  • Ability to prioritize work independently and exercise sound judgement
  • Ability to share his/her knowledge with others, while maintaining strict levels of confidentiality
  • Anticipates needs, takes initiative, and has perseverance
  • Highly organized, detail oriented and able to follow through on assignments
  • Must be flexible to respond quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities
  • Ability to work effectively in a culturally and educationally diverse environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully with businesspersons and other departments to advance organizational goals
  • Ability to be a proactive, self-starter, who understands the details within a much larger context


At FMC, diversity and inclusion are in our DNA. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to creating an inclusive workplace where all employees can thrive – regardless of race, gender, sex, pregnancy, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, color, age, religion or religious creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law. FMC also supports employee participation in company employee resource groups that celebrate the diverse backgrounds of our workforce by providing communities for employees to connect with each other and raise awareness throughout FMC. FMC complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact our Talent Acquisition department

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia