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Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) Sr. Counsel - Patents in Winston Salem, North Carolina

Sr. Counsel - Patents

Date:Jan 5, 2020

Location:Winston Salem, NC, US


Reynolds American Incorporated is positively transforming the tobacco industry. We’re a family of companies that strives for success in everything we do. The future inspires us because our people are igniting the breakthroughs that are redefining the ways adult tobacco consumers enjoy tobacco in the 21st century.

When other companies talk about growth, they only talk about size. At Reynolds American, we focus on the growth of our people. We take pride in each other’s growth and well-being throughout our careers. We invest in your career and total well-being because we know our companies succeed when our people thrive.

Senior Counsel- Patents


  • Capture patentable inventions through regular interaction with Research and Development teams in assigned areas

  • Maintenance of the company’s patent portfolio in assigned areas, including drafting and prosecution of patents in the United States and abroad and developing and executing protection strategies based on company’s business plans and competitor intelligence

  • Responsible for keeping abreast of and informing the company of industry patent trends and providing patent landscape analyses in support of Research and Development workstreams

  • Conduct freedom to operate analyses and provide strategic legal advice to minimize risks in support of new product development and mergers and acquisition activities

  • Work with procurement and in-house commercial legal team to negotiate and draft intellectual property terms in commercial agreements

  • Liaise with outside law firms, vendors, and internal business partners as needed for pending matters

  • Provide education and proactive counseling to Research and Development and to members of the business at large as appropriate to minimize risks and enhance patent protection

  • Work with Managing Counsel – Patents to support patent litigation

  • Other legal services as assigned.



  • Law degree, licensed to practice in one or more jurisdictions.

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering or science.

  • Admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


5-7 years as practicing patent attorney in-house or at a law firm. Prior in-house experience preferred, but not necessary.

Required Skills:

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal and team leadership skills;

  • The ability to manage conflicting demands to meet strategic business goals;

  • Strong facilitation, analytical and independent decision-making skills;

  • Strong oral and written communication, negotiation, and problem-solving skills;

  • A willingness to take responsibility and accountability;

  • Creativity and innovation;

  • Honesty, integrity, trustworthiness and dependability;

  • Flexibility and willingness to embrace change.

Compensation/Targeted Bonus

  • Competitive Annual Salary

  • Targeted Annual Bonus

  • Relocation assistance available for those who qualify.

Benefit Summary

Our company offers very competitive benefit plans, including:

  • 401(k) plan that offers opportunity to save on pre- and post-tax basis up to 50 percent of eligible compensation. Company matches 100 percent of employee pre-tax/Roth (401k) contributions up to six percent

  • Comprehensive health- and welfare-benefits package

  • Eleven paid company holidays annually, plus a generous paid vacation plan based on length of service

  • Company-paid sick and personal days, funeral leave and jury duty leave

  • Confidential personal financial counseling service

  • On-site health clinics and fitness centers

  • A matching grants program that enables employees to direct and double their donations to qualifying charitable organizations of their choice

  • Health-care advocacy service

  • Volunteer service opportunities

  • Federal credit union membership through Allegacy Federal Credit Union

  • Extensive training opportunities

Reynolds American Inc. and its affiliated companies is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Our organization offers a level of challenge, responsibility and creativity for motivated employees that stands apart from the crowd.

We are also committed to employing a diverse workforce and valuing different perspectives, experiences and talents to maximize the company's potential for successfully achieving its business objectives.

Onlyapplicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact us directly.

Email: TalentAcquisition@RJRT.com

Nearest Major Market:Winston-Salem

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