Cargill Patent Attorney in Mechelen, Belgium

Patent Attorney

Cargill provides food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Together with farmers, customers, governments and communities, we help people thrive by applying our insights and over 150 years of experience. We have 150,000 employees in 70 countries who are committed to feeding the world in a responsible way, reducing environmental impact and improving the communities where we live and work.


Job location(s): Mechelen

The attorney filling this in-house position will be part of the Law Department’s Intellectual Property Team, providing support and advice for Cargill’s patent filing, prosecution and opposition activities. They will work closely with various Cargill businesses and its R&D Function, principally in the feed and food areas. They will collaborate with other Cargill patent attorneys, lawyers and paralegals who provide legal counsel to Cargill worldwide as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Major Tasks

  • 40% Coordinating patent activities generally, including various business unit intellectual property review team meetings, providing patentability and infringement opinions, and developing patent strategies;

  • 30% Drafting third party observations, oppositions and responses to oppositions on behalf of Cargill’s businesses and representing Cargill at oral proceedings before the European Patent Office;

  • 10% Developing, coordinating and providing training for key employees on intellectual property matters;

  • 20% Working with other law team members to provide counseling to Cargill's businesses, including in the areas of due diligence and the preparation and negotiation of various agreements relating to acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, technology licenses, research and development agreements, confidentiality agreements and other transactional matters.

The exact percentages will vary depending on the businesses and/or projects being supported.


  • Fully qualified European Patent Attorney

  • 4 years post-qualification experience

  • Bachelors of Science in chemical, biochemical, food technology, chemical engineering or biological arts

  • Significant drafting and prosecution experience

  • Strong strategic and commercial conceptual strength

  • Strong collaborative mindset and the ability to contribute to an inclusive and supportive team

  • Experience working in-house or with a law firm with a strong commercial focus is strongly preferred

  • Experience as a Representative at oral proceedings is strongly preferred

  • Excellent academic track record

  • Creative, resilient, and flexible style and approach to solving legal problems

  • Demonstrated ability to have a broad perspective and approach work with curiosity

  • Ability and desire to work with diverse teams, both locally and across geographies, in meeting corporate goals and missions.

  • Excellent communication, advocacy, and drafting skills.

Our Offer

In return for your expertise and commitment, we will provide a fast paced stimulating international environment, which will stretch your abilities and channel your talents. We also offer competitive salary and benefits combined with outstanding career development opportunities in one of the largest and most solid private companies in the world.

Interested? Then make sure to send us your CV and cover letter in English today.

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Job Legal

Primary Location Belgium-VAN-Mechelen

Schedule Full-time

Job Type Standard

Shift Day Job

Req ID: MEC00987