Associate Consultant-Patent - posted 6/25/19

Associate Consultant-Patent - posted 6/25/19

Company Name: 
Elanco Animal Health
FT/PT Status: 
Full Time
Salary Range: 
Job Summary: 

This position is an exciting opportunity for a highly skilled and experienced intellectual property paraprofessional to help establish and support the progression and defense of the company’s global patent estate.  While all legal activities are accomplished under the direction of an attorney, this role involves a significant amount of independent work, as described below.  
The position must coordinate and operate cohesively with patent colleagues at all levels. An individual in this advanced support position must exhibit certain experience, skills, and behaviors, including:

  • Apply experience and knowledge of global patent laws, treaties, conventions, and the process across the intellectual property lifecycle. 
  • Integrate openly and well with the business, understand the unique goals, needs, and challenges of the business and its attorneys.
  • Advance the effectiveness of the assigned business and actively communicate or escalate barriers or unmet support needs.
  • Project confidence, calm, and visibility as a key resource investigator across IP Legal. 
  • Employ highly effective organization skills and verbal and written interactions with legal colleagues, inventors, business clients, international law firms, vendors, and other external parties. 
  • Serve as an anchor to the global IP Legal department, managing own workload and helping others, to ensure business obligations are met, particularly in the face of new and unexpected work surges and challenges. 

This position is part of the Legal Department and reports to the Senior Director, General Patent Counsel.
This job description outlines the general nature and level of the work. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities or skills associated with the position. 

Requirements or Qualifications: 


  • Administer time-sensitive patent attorney prosecution dockets, both independently and under the specific instruction of an attorney.
  • Demonstrate precise attention to detail to ensure no loss of patent rights due to inaccurate information, missed deadlines, or procedural error.
  • Draft and file various patent-related documents and forms with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as correspondence to global law firms and patent offices, in accordance with applicable treaties, conventions, and local rules of administrative procedure.  This includes assembling materials for information disclosure statements, declarations, powers of attorney, assignments of ownership, and other documents required for patent prosecution.
  • Administration and maintenance of project SharePoint sites.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of, and compliance with, applicable Patent processes and procedures.
  • Ensure the timely completion of actions for self, attorneys, inventors, and external collaborators, engaging appropriate resources as necessary. 
  • Provide back-up to applying IP Manager System docketing and auditing duties as assigned, including appropriate use of elevated system access privileges.
  • Influence and lead small projects, or guide more complex IP project activities, often informing or developing task lists or action plans and assisting in coordinating resources, and themselves serving as a resource, to drive progress and ensure smooth and effective implementation and stabilization. 
  • Partner with assigned attorneys on new technology transfer activities, e.g., acquisitions, divestitures, licenses, and business development deals.  Investigate relevant facts, such as breadth, IP family mapping, tax models for entities and licensing, ownership and delegations, timelines for transfer of work and assignment of rights.  Establish basic ingestion task list. 
  • Serve as administrator of various tools, resources, and processes that span IP Legal. 
  • Administer and facilitate the get-current stay-current reliable execution of IP central support strategic programs, Administration of IP Manager Transactions, Regulatory Approval Monitoring/IP Term Extensions, IP/Product Exclusivity, IP Litigation Matter Support and Budget Tracking, and other support as required for effective departmental governance.  Program success generally requires organizing, defining, progressing, and ensuring program stability, reliability, optimization, metrics where appropriate, and ongoing success.
  • Establish and maintain CounselLink matters.  Investigate and help resolve 3rd party billing issues.
  • Be a mentor and/or trainer to IP Legal employees.  Provide timely and quality consults and services; escalate and involve others appropriately.
  • Identify techniques to increase productivity, ensure process compliance, challenge existing processes, develop and implement new processes, and identify new risks.  
  • Anticipate and research complex fact patterns, lead troubleshooting investigations, problem-solve, and produce
  • Administer and facilitate the get-current stay-current reliable execution of IP central support strategic programs, 
  • Train others or be trained on new or additional IP services to ensure primary, back-up, overflow, and succession.

Company Overview
At Elanco, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people and animals around the world. We are a global animal health company headquartered in Greenfield, Indianapolis, just outside Indianapolis. Our 6,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to the animals who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We are looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.   
Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum of 5 years of recent patent prosecution experience 
  • Qualified candidates must be legally authorized to be employed in the United States. Elanco does not anticipate providing sponsorship for employment visa status (e.g., H-1B or TN status) for this employment position.   

Additional Information 
Elanco is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status.

Additional Skills/Preferences

  • Experience with all aspects of preparing US and foreign patent filings
  • Paralegal Certificate
  • IP docketing experience
  • Experience and knowledge of global patent laws, treaties, conventions, and Elanco processes across the intellectual property lifecycle
  • Intellectual Property paraprofessional training strongly preferred, or equivalent/commensurate work experience
  • Ability to work well in a team environment with a demanding client base  
  • Experience supporting multiple business partners
  • Adaptable/efficient/work well under pressure with attention to detail  
  • Ability to prioritize work while handling frequent, tight deadlines  
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills  
  • Proficient in Microsoft Applications
  • Experience with complex databases and document management systems  

Region  North America
Country  USA 
City  Greenfield
Workplace Arrangement  Local 
Job Expires  12-Oct-2019

Application Process:
Selection Criteria: 
IP, Patent, Trademark, Legal
Application Due Date: 
September 30 2019
Additional Information: