Patent Agent - Competitive Intelligence and Patent Due Diligence


Boise, ID, US, 83702-6924

The J.R. Simplot Company is a diverse, privately held global food and agriculture company headquartered in Boise, Idaho. We are a true farm-to-table company with an integrated portfolio including food processing and food brands, phosphate mining, fertilizer manufacturing, farming, ranching and cattle production, and other enterprises related to agriculture.


J.R. Simplot Company has an exciting opening for a patent agent to join the growing Intellectual Property Practice of the Simplot Legal Department. The person hired for this position has a unique opportunity to work collaboratively and directly with many internal clients across many industries in the U.S. and internationally. The position reports to the Chief Intellectual Property Counsel.

The Patent Agent’s primary role will be to conduct patent due diligence and competitive intelligence surveys regarding emerging technologies related to genetics, food product development and innovations in agriculture, including the use of Artificial Intelligence to facilitate the opportunities in these areas. Technology landscape mapping and forecasting IP trends will also be key to the position.

Key Responsibilities

  • Evaluating the IP landscape and trends in emerging fields of technology
  • Conducting freedom to operate (FTO) assessments, particularly for biotechnology research such as gene sequence searches. (The person will be trained to conduct FTO assessments for other technology areas such as in the investigation new and innovative food shapes and formulations)
  • Identifying patentable inventions and trade secrets
  • Drafting and helping to prosecute domestic and foreign patent applications
  • Assisting in patent disputes and patent litigation matters
  • Training researchers on best practices to identify, protect, and defend IP

Typical Education

  • Advanced degree in a life science discipline is required

Relevant Experience

  • Admitted to the Patent Bar of the USPTO
  • At least 2-3 years’ demonstrated experience in a law firm or in-house
  • Advanced degree in a life science discipline is required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail is critical
  • Strong analytical skills and must be able to convey technical ideas concisely and effectively
  • Embraces teamwork and works effectively with others
  • Adapts promptly to client business needs
  • Brings a pragmatic and balanced risk-based approach to meet client needs and expectations

Job Requisition ID: 18795

Travel Required: Less than 10%

Location(s): Simplot Headquarters - Boise 

Country: United States

**The J.R. Simplot Company is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, marital status, or any other protected status. **