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Intellectual Property – Portfolio Specialist (Patent Agent) - Ann Arbor Michigan

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Intellectual Property – Portfolio Specialist (Patent Agent)
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Date Posted: October 15, 2013
Contact: Human Resources
Company\Firm: Amcor Rigid Plastics
Job Description: Amcor is the world's largest publicly traded packaging company; a market and innovation leader adding value to the world’s most recognizable brands.
• Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, and listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX), our fiscal year 2012 revenues match companies in the top half of the U.S. Fortune 500.
• We are a global leader in rigid plastic packaging, the #1 supplier of flexibles in the Global Healthcare, European Food and Asia Pacific Markets, and the #1 supplier of metal and glass packaging in Australia.
• We operate in over 40 countries and employ 33,000+ associates.
• With corporate offices in Australia, the United States, Europe, and Asia we offer a world of opportunities to motivated individuals interested in broadening their horizons.
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Intellectual Property – Portfolio Specialist (Patent Agent)

In this role you will drive key Intellectual Property activities for the New Business Ventures group in regards to development and ongoing management of the portfolio including schedules, financials and execution aspects. You will work with numerous technical personnel, executives, and senior managers regarding Intellectual Property Matters.


• Establish and oversee tactical patent planning and related activities and administration
• Ensure timely and successful delivery of the patent portfolio administration in accordance with the plan and required schedules for filing and renewal
• Work with program engineers and scientists to facilitate the discovery and documentation of new Intellectual Property
• Perform industry IP research and competitive intelligence activities as required to support Intellectual Property endeavors
• Liaise with technical team, strategic partners, and external legal group to facilitate IP acquisition, timely protection, and decision making.
• Work with internal and external legal counsel to define patent claim strategies based upon relevant prior art and overall strategic goals
• Manage the invention disclosure collection process including facilitating decision making procedures for determining method of protection including patent, trade secret, etc
• Manage central database for collecting and organizing invention disclosures and supporting documentation
• Administer the patent rewards program
• Establish and report key intellectual property measures to relevant management on a monthly basis
• Facilitate confidentiality agreement procedure and maintain confidentiality agreement database and files

To qualify you must have:

• Bachelor’s degree – Legal, Technical preferred
• Direct IP experience
• Adept at using and adapting the full range of program management methods & tools geared towards intellectual property and technology programs
• Strong understanding of Intellectual Property concepts and ability to understand and translate advanced technical concepts to support preparation and filing of patent applications
• Proficient communication and presentation skills
• Ability to work with technical community to quickly understand complex technical concepts and to translate into concise written descriptions to support patent drafting process
• Skilled at facilitating, influencing and collaboration
• Able to identify risks and propose mitigation options as relates to Intellectual Property portfolio and supporting activities
• Registered Patent Agent strongly preferred

The Intellectual Property – Portfolio Specialist (Patent Agent) position is located in Amcor’s Ann Arbor, MI location. Ann Arbor, Michigan; ranked one of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live” in 2011 by Money Magazine. In addition to being the home of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor offers a vibrant night life, summer activities for all ages, and top ranked schools.
• # 1 Best College Sports Town, 2010 – Forbes
• #2 “10 Great Cities for Raising Families” – Kiplinger
• #2 “The 10 Most Educated U.S. Cities” – U.S. News and World Reports
• #8 on the Best Places for New College Grads, 2012 – the Atlantic

In order to be considered for this position, interested persons should apply on line at


Job Number: EA14587
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