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Cummins Inc. Senior Counsel – IP in Indianapolis, Indiana

Senior Counsel – IP


Cummins is a place big enough to coach and develop a global workforce and create the world’s leading clean, engine technology. We’re also small enough for you to find your fit and personal passion with a team of dependable, innovative thinkers who are developing their careers within a diverse, inclusive, empowering environment.

Learn more about this role and how you can begin Working Right .

The Cummins Legal function provides a full range of legal services in support of Cummins Inc. and its consolidated businesses. Our United States staff is located in Columbus and Indianapolis, IN. We also have international legal offices located in the United Kingdom, India, Australia, Brazil, China and Mexico and Africa. Through these various offices, we are able to support our businesses throughout the world.

This is an exciting Senior Counsel IP opportunity based in Indianapolis, IN, with some travel to Columbus, IN, and offers diverse in-houseintellectual property and commercial transaction relatedresponsibilities.

Your impact will happen in these and other ways:

  • Acts as trusted advisor for mid to high level management; has strong grasp of business environment; effectively partners with clients to identify and design needed improvements; provides legal as well as practical advice within the appropriate business context; understands and manages client expectations

  • Assists in development of legal strategies for business and shares in management of outside counsel relationships

  • May influence or contribute to overall objectives and goals of organization

  • Demonstrates specialization proficiency in one or more areas of law, specialty or function; acts as a resource to others

  • Manages/supervises large and/or complex cases and matters worldwide

  • Responsible for project and matter management with limited supervision; exercises independent judgment

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

  • Recognized as a developing expert in the area of transactions, with particular expertise in intellectual property agreements, including joint development agreements, patent/trademark/copyright licenses and other IP agreements;

  • The incumbent will work with technical leaders and inventors to support patent applications that provide platforms for new business opportunities or operational improvements.

  • The IP Manager will be primarily responsible for managing the IP in the technical areas of engines, generators, turbos, etc., but will need to understand the company’s full technical and IP portfolio to identify areas of overlay

  • Researches, evaluates and advises management and other attorneys on recent or prospective changes in laws and regulations

  • Instructs and supervises outside counsel and consultants as needed

  • Effectively influences and maintains open, collaborative relationships with clients, other business partners and outside stakeholders.

  • May supervise and/or mentor one or more junior lawyers, paralegals or administrative


  • Strong transactional background, with significant experience negotiating and drafting contracts (M&A experience not required, but preferred)

  • Patent prosecution and/or litigation experience is required

  • Intellectual property legal experience of 9 years in a manufacturing organization, law firm, government, in-house or a combination

  • General understanding of and ability to identify issues with respect to antitrust laws


Analytical Reasoning - The ability to evaluate and analyze data and information, draw conclusions and present an argument based upon the analysis. The use of critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and problem solving skills are critical to analytical reasoning.

Influencing - Encourages others to change their mindset and/or behaviors to achieve positive results. Presents convincing justification for others to accept ideas and plans. Encourages the open expression of opinions and disagreements. Effectively gains commitment with others to produce high quality work.

Communication - Written and Verbal - Effectively expresses messages and ideas in a clear, organized and relevant manner for a variety of audiences. Develops organized, complete, and convincing communications. Ability to communicate effectively to different levels of the organization.

Relationship Management - Develops rapport, builds trust, and creates value in relationships. Identifies networking opportunities and effectively communicates across functions, BU's, and with both internal and external business partners.

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 attempts to offer a fair resolution collaboratively while maintaining a constructive working relationship.

Education, Licenses, Certifications

  • Juris doctor degree from an accredited law school

  • Professional licence to practice law in one state

  • B.S. in mechanical, electrical or chemical engineering (or similar degree) required

Compensation and Benefits

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

Cummins and E-verify

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.

Ready to think beyond your desk? Apply for this opportunity to start your career with Cummins today.


Primary Location United States-Indiana-Indianapolis-US, IN, Indianapolis, Cummins DBU Headquarters

Job Type Experienced - Exempt / Office

Recruitment Job Type Exempt - Experienced

Job Posting Dec 4, 2019, 4:05:06 PM

Unposting Date Ongoing

Req ID: 1900051X