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Director, Intellectual Property

Job Category:  Legal
Work Location:  Corbion Site
Office Location: 

Lenexa, KS, US

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  2657

At Corbion, we exist to champion preservation in all its forms, preserving food and food production, health, and our planet.


We are  looking to expand our IP department with an enthusiastic Intellectual Property Director specialized in Food Sciences, to be located in our Lenexa office in Kansas.


In this position, you will join the global team and assist in securing, protecting and actively building the intellectual property position of Corbion. You will report into the Head of the IP department located in the Netherlands and closely work with R&D groups in the Netherlands and the US and in other parts of the world. As  our new colleague, you will deal with a broad variation of IP topics ranging from typical subjects like creation of intellectual property rights and ensuring freedom-to-operate to less typical subjects like support in negotiations around IP in business deals and in strategic decisions around innovation and the direction hereof, mapping out competition and business opportunities and acting as a true business partner to sales, marketing, product- and application development and R&D. 
As our new colleague, you will yourself and/or through the use of external patent firms, be involved in drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications and the drafting of various opinions on patentability and risks assessments including opinions for (in)validity and freedom to operate. Other responsibilities:

  • Be a business partner for our Sustainable Food Solutions business unit
  • Support in defining the IP principles for co-operations with third parties and in negotiating the IP elements in the contracts
  • Monitor and report on patent activities of competitors and customers through our IP Watches and tools
  • Create organizational awareness on how to handle, secure and protect IP within the company through training of people and through defining and implementing guidelines and IP policies
  • Patent portfolio management and reporting out to business and management
  • Assist in defining and enforcing the Corporate IP Strategy and the various Business IP Strategies
  • Assist in defining part of the Business Strategies and the Innovation/R&D Strategy 
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary and internationally oriented teams

We are looking for a Patent Attorney with technical expertise in the fields of (food) chemistry and product development for food applications. In addition, a successful candidate meets the following requirements:


  • MSc or PhD in Food Sciences 
  • Qualified US patent attorney and registered at US bar
  • Prior experience with EP patent law, preferred
  • 10+ years of experience in Food industry and as patent attorney
  • Exceptional communication and social skills
  • Solution-driven
  • Good analytical and reporting skills 
  • The courage to work in a dynamic, opportunistic and sometimes very demanding high-stakes environment as the IP subject matters expert and business partner



About Corbion

Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid and its derivatives, and a leading supplier of emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins, and algae ingredients. We use our unique expertise in fermentation and other processes to deliver sustainable solutions for the preservation of food and food production, health, and our planet. For over 100 years, we have been uncompromising in our commitment to safety, quality, innovation and performance. Drawing on our deep application and product knowledge, we work side-by-side with customers to make our cutting-edge technologies work for them. Our solutions help differentiate products in markets such as food, home & personal care, animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioplastics. In 2021, Corbion generated annual sales of   € 1,070.8 million and has a workforce of over 2490 employees. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. For more information:


Corbion is an equal opportunity employer and committed to a diverse workplace.  All applicants will be considered equally without regard to race, color, ethnicity, veteran status, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, handicapping condition, membership in an organization or any other non-merit factors.


Corbion provides reasonable accommodation to applicants.




Corbion does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to our hiring managers. All candidates must be submitted by approved Corbion vendors who have been expressly requested to make a submission by our Talent Acquisition team for a specific job opening. No placement fees will be paid to any firm unless such a request has been made by the Corbion Talent Acquisition team and such candidate was submitted to the Corbion Talent Acquisition Team.

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