Senior Intellectual Property Counsel – Technical I,

United States, Illinois, Chicago

Business unit: Corporate Legal, IP, Compliance, Legacy

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, with leading market positions and brands in countries around the world. We operate in a number of important market segments ranging from buildings and infrastructure to transport, industrial and consumer goods. We’re also the sector leader in sustainability and are number one in the renowned Dow Jones Sustainability Index. In practical terms, that means our sustainable solutions are in your lives, and those of your friends and family, every day. We’re the people that make it possible for you to do what you need to do.


AkzoNobel holds over 20,000 trademark registrations, close to 10,000 patents and numerous trade secret formulations and manufacturing processes. The IP function is part of the Legal Group and consists of over 50 professionals in offices in The Netherlands (Amsterdam and Arnhem), the US (Chicago) and China (Shanghai).
The function is responsible for protecting the company’s innovation and brands. Its members, amongst others, advise and train the businesses on IP matters, identify and assess inventions and marketing initiatives, register and maintain IP, manage oppositions, draft and negotiate IP agreements and provide support in litigation and M&A.

The Position 
- Developing and implementing an IP strategy for the business

- Managing the IP portfolio and securing IP rights for the business, ensuring alignment with business priorities and advising on risk/reward scenarios

- Aligning IP policies and procedures with company standards

- Collaborating with the businesses in discovering, developing and managing new ideas and associated IP, including the drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications and trade mark applications

- Monitoring third party IP rights that are relevant to the business strategy and file and manage oppositions

- Partnering with litigation counsel in IP litigation

- Working with other senior executives to understand business strategies and helping achieve those through strategic use of IP

- Interfacing with and providing IP-related input and support to the businesses and research groups;

- Handling transactional matters and agreements such as IP licenses, confidentiality agreements and joint development agreements.

The above activities are performed in close relationship with other (senior) IP counsels or other members of the Legal function.

Vacancy data


Job characteristics

Closing date

December 31, 2099

Vacancy number



North America


United States





Business unit

Corporate Legal, IP, Compliance, Legacy

Job family

Legal, IP & Compliance

Hierarchy level


Full time/part time


Contract type


Job requirements/Candidate profile

- JD as well as academic degree in chemistry required

- Qualified US Patent Attorney, licensed to practice in Illinois or eligible to be licensed to practice in Illinois.

- Has experience/knowledge with IP aspects of transactional matters and is familiar with agreements such as IP licenses, confidentiality agreements, and joint development agreements;

- Has experience/knowledge with federal and common law protection of trademarks and brands.

- Minimum 4 years experience as in-house patent attorney or in private practice

- Good analytical and counseling skills and sound judgment

- Good oral and written communication skills in English


As a leading coatings and specialty chemical company AkzoNobel is proud to offer a competitive compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families. Benefits include group medical, dental and vision coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement and much more.

Employment at AkzoNobel is contingent upon the successful completion of both pre-employment background checks and drug screening. All candidates hired must be able to provide proper documentation of their eligibility to work in the US.

AkzoNobel is an E-Verify Employer.

AkzoNobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer – Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans (M/F/D/V).