We are looking for a talented Corporate Counsel Patents - Hydrogen to join our team specializing in Patents and Fuel Cells for Cummins Legal in your remote home office within the US or one of our US locations.
In addition to continuing to innovate in our engine technology, Cummins is investing heavily in power train electrification through research and development and is now the number one global provider for hydrogen fuel cells for locomotives. Indeed, fuel cells form a key part of our portfolio of solutions for a carbon neutral future. We are extremely excited about Cummins’ continued growth in clean technology and look for an attorney who shares our enthusiasm and desire to succeed.
The Cummins Legal function provides a full range of legal services in support of Cummins Inc. and its consolidated businesses. Our United States staff is located in Columbus and Indianapolis, IN. We also have international legal offices located in the United Kingdom, India, Australia, Brazil, China, Mexico and Africa. Through these various offices, we are able to support our businesses throughout the world.
In this role, you will make an impact in the following ways:
- Acts as trusted advisor for mid to high level management; has strong grasp of business environment; effectively partners with clients to identify and design needed improvements; provides legal as well as practical advice within the appropriate business context; understands and manages client expectations.
- Assists in development of legal strategies for business and shares in management of outside counsel relationships.
- May influence or contribute to overall objectives and goals of organization.
- Demonstrates specialization proficiency in one or more areas of law, specialty or function; acts as a resource to others.
- Manages/supervises large and/or complex cases and matters worldwide.
- Responsible for project and matter management with limited supervision; exercises independent judgment.
- Provides support and leadership in improvement and issue-resolution projects in both the Legal function and within the business units.
- Recognized as a developing expert in the area of transactions, with expertise in intellectual property agreements, including joint development agreements, patent/trademark/copyright licenses and other IP agreements.
- Work with technical leaders and inventors to support patent applications that provide platforms for new business opportunities or operational improvements.
- Manages the IP in the technical areas of fuel cell technologies, including fuel cell stacks and balance of plant, but will need to understand the company’s full technical and IP portfolio to identify areas of overlay particularly hybrid powertrains utilizing fuel cells, batteries and/or internal combustion engines.
- Acts as trusted advisor to management on legal rights and obligations; has strong grasp of business environment; effectively partners with clients to identify and design needed improvements; provides legal as well as practical advice within the appropriate business context; understands and manages stakeholder expectations.
- Researches, evaluates and advises management and other attorneys on recent or prospective changes in laws and regulations.
- Instructs and supervises outside counsel and consultants as needed.
- Effectively influences and maintains open, collaborative relationships with clients, other business partners and outside stakeholders.
- May supervise and/or mentor one or more junior lawyers, paralegals or administrative assistants.
- Serve on the fuel cell invention review committee to devise strategies for building and maintaining a commercially useful and robust IP portfolio that will strengthen Cummins’ position in the fuel cell industry.
- Design, develop and implement new and existing processes that can be relied upon to improve efficiencies and create a first-class IP service the fuel cell business can rely on throughout its continued growth.
- Manage complex freedom to operate programs in multiple-jurisdictions to identify and assess the facts and relevant law to arrive at legally sound opinions, and to relay those to management with a strategy.
To be successful in this role you will need the following:
- Strong transactional background, with significant experience negotiating and drafting contracts (M&A experience not required, but preferred);
- Patent prosecution and/or litigation experience is required, preferably with some experience in electrical engineering and material science; and
- General understanding of and ability to identify issues with respect to antitrust laws.
- Experience in an in-house legal department, most preferably gained as an employee or secondee in the department, or less preferably as primary external counsel.
- Knowledge of proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cells and/or solid oxide fuel cells, gained while serving as an engineer, researcher or patent attorney.
Analytical Reasoning- The ability to evaluate and analyze data and information, draw conclusions and present an argument based upon the analysis. The use of critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and problem solving skills are critical to analytical reasoning.
Influencing - Encourages others to change their mindset and/or behaviors to achieve positive results. Presents convincing justification for others to accept ideas and plans. Encourages the open expression of opinions and disagreements. Effectively gains commitment with others to produce high quality work.
Communication - Written and Verbal - Effectively expresses messages and ideas in a clear, organized and relevant manner for a variety of audiences. Develops organized, complete, and convincing communications. Ability to communicate effectively to different levels of the organization.
Relationship Management - Develops rapport, builds trust, and creates value in relationships. Identifies networking opportunities and effectively communicates across functions, BU's, and with both internal and external business partners.
Conflict Management - Deals with conflict in a way that recognizes and manages differing opinions and ideas and refocuses them in a positive and productive manner. Brings conflict and disagreement into the open and attempts to offer a fair resolution collaboratively while maintaining a constructive working relationship.
Education, Licenses, Certifications
- Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (or similar degree) required
- JD degree or equivalent required
- Intellectual property legal experience minimum of 5 years in a manufacturing organization, law firm, government, in-house or a combination.