Intellectual Property Lawyer

  • Suncor
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Sep 11, 2017
Full time Lawyer (In House Counsel)

Job Description

Job Overview


Reporting to the director, legal affairs, intellectual property, you will be responsible for maintaining Suncor’s freedom to conduct business and protecting our intellectual property (IP) through patents and other means. As a lawyer on our IP legal team, you will work closely with internal and external technical teams, business unit leaders and external patent counsel.


Key Accountabilities


    • Conduct prior art and patent searches and prepare patentability, freedom to operate, non-infringement and invalidity opinions
    • Patent portfolio development and management
    • Oversee drafting and prosecution of patent applications (this may incude original drafting and review of external counsel work product)
    • Provide legal support on contractual matters, particularly relating to technology development and IP matters, including drafting and negotiating contracts, which are often complex arrangements involving multiple parties
    • Proactively identify and manage areas of legal risk, particularly relating to IP risks and rights
    • Establish and foster relationships with business personnel who are involved in our technology development
    • Support the business units in reporting inventions and making decisions about IP protection, such as reviewing invention report forms (IRF), meeting with inventors, performing patentability searching, and supporting our IP network
    • Make recommendations on courses of action by business and technical personnel in view of IP risk analyses and opinion work
    • Provide litigation support as needed, particularly relating to technology ownership matters, IP infringement, confidentiality breaches and other matters relating to IP


Required Qualifications


Experience and Education


    • Experience in drafting and negotiating contracts, particularly technology development agreements, IP ownership agreements and license agreements
    • Experience in patent drafting, prosecution, searching and preparing freedom to operate, non-infringement and invalidity opinions
    • Oil and gas experience considered an asset
    • Undergraduate degree in science (preferably chemistry related)
    • JD or LLB and membership (or eligible for membership) with the Law Society of Alberta
    • Registered Canadian Patent Agent preferred
    • If available please provide two samples of published patent documents that you have authored upon submittal of your application/resume


Skills and Knowledge


    • Superior writing and communication skills
    • Excellent judgment and ability to execute and deliver in a fast-paced business environment
    • You collaborate with others in order to achieve the best results and deliver the most value
    • You hold others accountable, and expect others to do the same


Working Conditions


    • This position is based in Calgary, Alberta at the Suncor Energy


Why Suncor


Go ahead. Expect growth. We want you to have a job you're genuinely excited about - as well as opportunities to learn and challenge yourself or mentor others. Plus, Suncor Energy offers a flexible employee package that can be adjusted to suit the changing needs of your life, including


    • Competitive base salary and compensation programs
    • Attractive annual incentive program
    • Flexible benefits package
    • Rewarding pension and savings plans


Business Overview


Suncor Energy is Canada's energy company - meaning rewarding opportunities for you to apply your knowledge, contribute and grow in a variety of career-building positions. Our business portfolio spans the entire energy sector, from a leadership position in oil sands development, to refining and marketing operations, natural gas, and conventional oil production, internationally and offshore East Coast Canada.


And while we are working to responsibly develop petroleum resources and contribute to the communities where we live and work, we are also developing our renewable energy portfolio, which includes wind power and biofuels.


As part of Suncor's team, you'll contribute to the ongoing success of Canada's largest energy company - one with a solid track record of growth, a focus on safety and sustainability and tremendous potential for the future. And you'll have the opportunity to learn from experts in the industry and build on your skills every day.


Suncor promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Suncor is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals. At Suncor, we are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we live, and where every team member has the opportunity to reach their full potential.


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Practice Area(s)

Energy Law