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Counsel IP

Company Name:  Lyondell Chemical Company

Houston, TX, US, 77010

Req ID:  74547
Facility:  One Houston Center-130
Department:  Legal IP Polyolefins Americas
Division:  Legal & Public Affairs

LyondellBasell (NYSE: LYB) is one of the largest plastics, chemicals and refining companies in the world. Driven by its employees around the globe, LyondellBasell produces materials and products that are key to advancing solutions to modern challenges like enhancing food safety through lightweight and flexible packaging, protecting the purity of water supplies through stronger and more versatile pipes, improving the safety, comfort and fuel efficiency of many of the cars and trucks on the road, and ensuring the safe and effective functionality in electronics and appliances. LyondellBasell sells products into more than 100 countries and is the world's largest producer of polypropylene compounds and the largest licensor of polyolefin technologies. In 2021, LyondellBasell was named to Fortune Magazine's list of the "World's Most Admired Companies" for the fourth consecutive year.

Basic Function

Member of the intellectual property team in the U.S.  Responsible for providing legal advice to clients on a wide range of IP matters, ensuring that the best possible intellectual property protection is obtained and maintained for company inventions and in company intellectual property agreements and that the company's commercial activities enjoy freedom to operate.  This position will report to the Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property and will be located in Houston, TX.

Roles & Responsibilities

The incumbent will contribute to the implementation of the company's overall strategy for the protection of intellectual property. Duties include but are not limited to: 
•    Supporting the IP strategy and participating in ensuring a pro-active patenting policy, with a view to detecting inventions at an early stage and ensuring timely and appropriate protection commensurate to their strategic value. 
•    Assisting with the management of the patent portfolio for one or more technologies with some preparation and prosecution of patent applications. 
•    Conducting patent clearances and monitoring of the patent watch to avoid patent disputes, including advance infringement reviews and competition patent portfolio analyses, clearance opinion drafting, and managing outside counsel clearance opinion preparation. 
•    Leveraging an in-depth IP legal knowledge to provide advice and recommendations to executives and management on highly complex matters which have or may have a material financial impact on business activities and operations.
•    Ensuring that R&D, business units and other legal functions are fully aware of the significance of intellectual property matters, including providing from time to time intellectual property counseling and training on patents, copyrights, trade secrets and related topics. 
•    Assiting with administrative and litigation actions, such as patent oppositions, inter partes reviews proceedings and other adversarial proceedings in patent offices and courts. 
•    Resolving legal issues and providing proactive legal advice and counsel in relation to intellectual property matters. 
•    Negotiating and preparing intellectual property agreements, such as license agreements, technical services agreements, university agreements, collaboration agreements, R&D agreements, confidential disclosure agreements.
•    Working with outside counsel on select matters. 
•    Communicating with clients regarding status updates.
•    Counseling and assist with development of corporate policies and standards relating to trademarks, copyrights, social media, Internet domain names, and other areas of intellectual property.

Min. Qualifications

•    Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry
•    U.S. qualified lawyer (J.D.) with admission before a state bar 
•    Full professional qualification to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 
Work Experience: 
•    A minimum of 4 years active practice within the intellectual property field, including experience in preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the U.S. and in other jurisdictions (e.g. PCT, EPC), evaluating and preparing intellectual property opinions, litigation of patent and other intellectual property disputes and preparing and negotiating license agreements and other intellectual property related contracts at the international level

Preferred Qualifications

•    Ability to balance the legal issues of a project with the goals of the business through the demonstration of strong, pragmatic business acumen and the ability to recognize the business consequences of legal advice 
•    Strong, logical legal mind with the ability to apply abstract concepts of law to make timely, well-reasoned and appropriate decisions to solve problems 
•    Strong advocacy skills 
•    Ability to function autonomously, yet understands necessity of advising management of work progress and any unusual situations 
•    Skilled at managing multiple tasks simultaneously and effectively 
•    Ability to work independently and efficiently under time pressures and deadlines in a fast-paced environment 
•    Ability to work with cross-functional teams 
•    Adaptable to changing environments 
•    Exercise of sound judgment 
•    Strong interpersonal skills including ability to engender trust, respect and confidence 
•    Excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to communicate and interact effectively at all levels of the organization 
•    Exemplary personal and professional integrity and business ethics 
•    Commitment to diversity and a respect for others


Builds effective teams
Cultivates innovation
Customer focus
Demonstrates courage
Drives results
Ensures accountability
Instills trust and exemplifies integrity

Must be at least 18 years of age and must be legally authorized to work in the United States (US) on a permanent basis without visa sponsorship.


LyondellBasell does not accept or retain unsolicited résumés or phone calls and/or respond to them or to any third party representing job seekers.


LyondellBasell is an equal opportunity employer.  We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected characteristics.  The US EEO is the Law poster is available here.

Nearest Major Market: Houston

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