Intellectual Property Attorney

Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne, IL

Job posting number: #7100380 (Ref:413397)

Posted: May 19, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Argonne National Laboratory is seeking an Intellectual Property Attorney for its Legal Department.  This individual will join a team of 7 attorneys and 6 support staff providing advice and services on a broad range of legal issues associated with the operation of a U.S. Department of Energy National Laboratory.  The position will support the Science and Technology Partnerships and Outreach Directorate of the Laboratory and will work closely with Argonne researchers and operations staff on a variety of Laboratory initiatives, including research collaborations, sponsored research agreements, procurements, and intellectual property licensing arrangements.  The position will also perform other duties as assigned.

Responsibilities include:

  • Protect the rights and interests of Argonne and the DOE in the intellectual property developed from the activities of the Laboratory and promote the commercialization and public availability of such intellectual property.
  • Engage in transactional work, including non-disclosure agreements, license agreements (that may contain equity provisions), material transfer agreements, cooperative research and development agreements, strategic partnership project agreements, and consortium agreements, addressing such issues as deal structure and strategy, risk mitigation and management, and conflicts of interest.
  • Advise Laboratory management and staff on intellectual property and technology transfer laws, regulations, orders, and requirements under Argonne’s prime contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.
  • Assist with drafting and implementing Laboratory policies and procedures pertaining intellectual property and technology transfer.
  • Engage and maintain productive working relationships with the Department of Energy, external sponsors, research collaborators and outside counsel.

Position Requirements

  • Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited law school with at least 5 years of legal experience in an intellectual property and/or technology transfer practice.
  • Admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois or eligible for a limited practice license in Illinois as in-house counsel.
  • Background in patent, copyright, contract laws and regulations.
  • Experience structuring and negotiating complex transactions and handling disputes.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Experience participating in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Model Argonne’s Core Values: Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, and Teamwork.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with a national laboratory or other federal government contractor working on federally funded research and development.
  • Knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to government-owned intellectual property under the federal acquisition regulations.
  • Experience managing outside counsel.
  • Experience with other areas of law such as data privacy, cybersecurity, human subjects research, and export controls.

Job Family

Professional Administrative (PA)

Job Profile

Attorney 6

Worker Type

Regular

Time Type

Full time

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, and in accordance with our core values of impact, safety, respect, integrity and teamwork, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne encourages minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment. Argonne considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Argonne employees, and certain guest researchers and contractors, are subject to particular restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Sponsored or Affiliated Activities, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation in the application phase for review by Argonne's Legal Department.  

All Argonne offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes an assessment of criminal conviction history conducted on an individualized and case-by-case basis.  Please be advised that Argonne positions require upon hire (or may require in the future) for the individual be to obtain a government access authorization that involves additional background check requirements.  Failure to obtain or maintain such government access authorization could result in the withdrawal of a job offer or future termination of employment.

Please note that all Argonne employees are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All successful applicants will be required to provide their COVID-19 vaccination verification as a condition of employment, subject to limited legally recognized exemptions to COVID-19 vaccination.



Argonne is an equal opportunity employer, and we value diversity in our workforce. As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, Argonne National Laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters collaborative scientific discovery and innovation. In support of this commitment, Argonne prohibits discrimination or harassment based on an individual's age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


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Job posting number:#7100380 (Ref:413397)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Argonne National Laboratory
Argonne,Illinois
United States
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