Regional IP Counsel, Americas

Department:  Legal
Date:  Mar 2, 2023


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


FMC seeks an Intellectual Property attorney to join its Philadelphia based top-flight legal team to work in a fast-paced environment on matters of consequence to FMC.  The ideal candidate will have significant experience in pragmatic, strategic, business-astute counseling on patents, trade secrets and trademarks, as well as related contract matters.  The candidate should have excellent drafting, communication, and negotiation skills. 


This vital role provides an ideal professional environment for a confident, proactive, commercially-minded lawyer with high levels of autonomy balanced with organization and team needs, and an ability to manage challenging, significant matters.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with R&D and business personnel to lead management of patent, trademark and trade secret matters for a significant segment of FMC’s growing business;
  • Guide drafting and prosecution of international patent applications to obtain commercially significant patent protection for technology developed in the responsible R&D segment;
  • Provide freedom-to-operate opinions and guidance, based on legal, business and technical considerations;
  • Work with R&D personnel to monitor, investigate and challenge third-party patent developments;
  • Develop relationships with R&D personnel to foster a culture of invention disclosure, patent development and protection; Provide strategic patent and trade secret advice to R&D and business personnel;
  • Prepare and counsel R&D and business personnel on Intellectual Property provisions and agreements including confidentiality, material transfer, research, licensing and joint development agreements;
  • Assist in enforcement and defense of patent, trademark and trade secret rights, as well as other IP disputes with third parties;
  • Guide outside counsel;
  • Set and manage IP budgets in responsible R&D segment;
  • Actively support trademark strategy in responsible business segment, including trademark acquisition, clearance, maintenance and enforcement.


Required Education:

  • Law degree from an accredited US Law school
  • Strong academic credentials, a state bar admission, and admission to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office;
  • A degree, preferably advanced, in a chemistry- or biology-related discipline;


Qualifications & Skills:

  • Preferred 5-7+ years relevant legal experience, comprised of law firm or in-house counsel experience, preferably both;
  • A proven track record of serving as a trusted Intellectual Property business advisor, preferably in international settings;
  • Substantial, substantive experience drafting and prosecuting US and international patent applications, having drafted, filed and prosecuted to allowance a substantial number of international patent applications;
  • Significant involvement enforcing and defending IP rights;
  • Experience evaluating desired trademarks for use and registration, a plus;
  • The ability to spend at least one day per week at the FMC R&D site in Newark, Delaware; The ability to travel as necessary, approximately 10-15% of the time;
  • Superior communication skills, both written and verbal, to effectively address and influence all levels of the organization, including the ability to effectively communicate how an issue impacts the Company from both a business and legal perspective;
  • A business partner, who likes working side-by-side with R&D and business people, is receptive to opposing views and can accept and implement the ultimate decision;



Full vaccination against COVID-19 is a condition of employment. Full vaccination means that two weeks have passed since the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (i.e., Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after a single dose of a one-dose vaccine (i.e., Johnson & Johnson/Janssen). All applicants will be required to show proof of their vaccination status upon receipt of an offer of employment. Exemptions will be granted only to those applicants who are unable to take the vaccine due to medical reasons or a sincerely held religious belief.   FMC will work with those who apply for and are granted exemptions in an effort to identify reasonable accommodations which will permit those individuals to fulfill the responsibilities of their positions.


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

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