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Patent Agent/ Attorney

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3-10 yrs required

Chicago, IL

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About the role

We are looking for a highly motivated and capable intellectual property professional to join the strategically important and busy legal team at LanzaTech. The individual selected for this position will work closely with the other members of the legal team and liaise with LanzaTech’s science and engineering technical teams. They must develop an excellent knowledge of LanzaTech’s intellectual property portfolio and overall intellectual property and business strategy. This professional will have excellent academics, experience, and interpersonal skills, with an ability to communicate effectively at all levels and with team members across all disciplines, backgrounds and nationalities. 

Key duties

  • Draft and file new patent applications, including US, PCT, and foreign patent applications
  • Prosecute patent applications worldwide, including drafting and filing replies to Office Actions in the US, preparing instructions to foreign associates, completing patent formalities (filing paperwork, assignments, declarations, information disclosure statements, etc.), docketing and monitoring deadlines, and managing case files
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of LanzaTech’s global IP strategy
  • Perform patent searches (e.g., patentability, landscape, freedom-to-operate, and company searches) and analyze search results
  • Review data disclosure and publications requests from the business
  • Work closely with LanzaTech’s science and engineering teams to identify, develop, and protect inventions
  • Support other members of the legal team and interface, as appropriate, with the C-Suite and executive management team regarding IP matters
  • Assist with the drafting and interpretation of the IP provisions in a wide range of agreements
  • Respond to requests from customers (both internal and external), collaborators, and investors
  • Champion best practices for confidentiality, trade secrets, and other IP-related matters
  • Develop and maintain IP-related systems and infrastructure

Qualifications and experience

  • Bachelors’ degree or higher in biotechnology, chemistry, engineering, or a similar field
  • Relevant experience and/or education in industrial biotechnology, i.e., the engineering and use of microorganisms for industrial applications
  • 3-10 years of experience performing patent prosecution and opinion work. The ideal candidate would have experience working both at a law firm and for a biotechnology company
  • Registration with the USPTO as a patent agent or attorney
  • Familiarity with foreign patent prosecution, particularly in jurisdictions such as China, Europe, India, Japan, and South Africa
  • Strong verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills
  • Creativity and passion for advancing sustainable biotechnologies

This position is open to candidates authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis for any employer. LanzaTech is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran

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Company Profile
About LanzaTech LanzaTech is turning our global carbon crisis into a feedstock opportunity, with the potential to displace 30% of crude oil use today and reduce global CO2 emissions by 10%. LanzaTech’s carbon recycling technology is like retrofitting a brewery onto a steel mill’s emission source, and instead of using sugars and yeast to brew beer, bacteria ferments pollution into products! Imagine a day when you can power a plane by recycled carbon emissions and when your yoga pants or sneakers started life as pollution from a steel mill. This future is possible using LanzaTech technology, with the first 2 commercial units converting steel mill waste gases to fuels being built in China with Shougang and in Belgium with the world’s largest steel maker, ArcelorMittal. LanzaTech has an additional 3 commercial projects in the pipeline, in India, South Africa, and California. LanzaTech has already produced synthetic jet fuel from recycled carbon emissions and has a partnership with Virgin Atlantic. In 2018, LanzaTech was recognized as the #1 Hottest company in the Advanced Bioeconomy for the third time by Biofuels Digest, the world’s most widely-read bioeconomy daily. The company was also inaugurated into the Cleantech100 Hall of Fame, having been listed in the top 100 cleantech companies over the last 7 years. LanzaTech was also the top biofuels company in the 2018 CNBC Disruptor 50 Companies list. In 2016, the company won the Young Global Leader Award for Circular Economy at the World Economic Forum and in 2015, LanzaTech was awarded the U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Award for Greener Synthetic Pathways. The company’s accomplishments were recognized through a number of prestigious awards in 2014, including the Guardian Sustainable Business Innovation Award for Carbon and Energy Management, Breakthrough Innovation Award at the Platts Global Metals Awards, and the Technical Development Award from the World Petroleum Council. In 2013, the company was named a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer.

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