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Cummins Inc. Corporate Counsel - IP in Nashville, Tennessee

Corporate Counsel - IP


We are looking for a dynamic, and talented IP Corporate Counsel to join our team specializing in IP legal matters for our Filtration business headquartered in Nashville, TN. This role is designated offsite , allowing you to work from your home office and requires less than 10% overall travel.

Cummins Filtration is a global technology leader that designs, manufactures, and sells air, fuel, hydraulic and lube filtration, as well as chemical technology products for diesel and gas-powered equipment around the world. As Corporate IP Counsel, you will provide legal advice on patent, copyright, and trademark matters, including evaluating patents and potential product infringement issues, preparing, and overseeing outside counsel's preparation of patent and trademark applications for filing, and representing the company in matters relating to intellectual property that include strategic alliances, joint ventures, development and licensing, R&D and technology transfer, and mergers and acquisitions.

In this role, you will make an impact in the following ways:

  • Develop and manage a global legal framework for the protection of Company’s intellectual property portfolio, including patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets.

  • Manage patent and trademark prosecution and internal patenting committees

  • Provide practical legal advice regarding intellectual property and global portfolio management that furthers business strategies/objectives.

  • Assist with intellectual property due diligence in mergers and acquisitions and other strategic initiatives that involve the Company’s intellectual property.

  • Support the R&D organization, including client counseling, invention harvesting, freedom-to-operate analysis, due diligence analysis and reporting, and helping to identify non-patent legal or business risks.

  • Partner with the business functions including information technology, sales and marketing groups, corporate strategy, manufacturing, and supply chain.

  • Support U.S. and non-U.S. litigation, oppositions, or other judicial and non-judicial proceedings around the world.

  • Provide transactional support for intellectual property and information technology agreements, including joint development agreements, patent/trademark/copyright licenses, software and other IP agreements.

  • Provide support and leadership in improvement and issue-resolution projects in both the Legal function and within the business unit.

  • Providing mentorship in support of patent prosecution to patenting committee members.


To be successful in this role you will need the following:

  • Relevant intellectual property experience, including global and domestic patent prosecution; developing patent strategies, conducting patent analysis, and global IP portfolio management in a law firm, government, in-house (a combination is highly preferred)

  • Experience developing budgets (IP) and management of outside counsel relationships.

  • Influencing - encourages others to change their mindset and/or behaviors to achieve positive results. Encourages the open expression of opinions and disagreements. Effectively gains commitment with others to produce high-quality work.

  • Conflict Management - deals with conflict in a way that recognizes and manages differing opinions and ideas and refocuses them in a positive and productive manner. Brings conflict and disagreement into the open and attempt to offer a fair resolution collaboratively while maintaining a constructive working relationship.

  • Relationship Management - develops rapport, builds trust, and creates value in relationships.


  • B.S. in materials science, chemical engineering, chemistry, physics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or similar field

  • Juris doctor degree from an accredited law school is required

  • Professional licence to practice law in one state

  • Admitted to practice in front of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Patent bar admission)

Compensation and Benefits

Base salary rate commensurate with experience. Additional benefits vary between locations and include options such as our 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan, Medical/Dental/Life Insurance, Health Savings Account, Domestic Partners Coverage and a full complement of personal and professional benefits.

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At Cummins, we are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer dedicated to diversity in the workplace. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, color, disability, national origin, age, religion, union affiliation, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship, gender identity and/or expression, or other status protected by law. Cummins validates right to work using E-Verify. Cummins will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.


Primary Location United States-Tennessee-Nashville-US, TN, Nashville, Filtration Headquarters

Job Type Experienced - Exempt / Office

Recruitment Job Type Exempt - Experienced

Job Posting Feb 21, 2023, 7:34:47 PM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Organization Cummins Filtration

Req ID: 2300011S