Share this Job

Assistant Counsel

Apply now »

Date: Mar 3, 2023

Location: Corning, NY, US, 14831

Company: Corning


Requisition Number: 59326


Corning is vital to progress – in the industries we help shape and in the world we share.

We invent life-changing technologies using materials science. Our scientific and manufacturing expertise, boundless curiosity, and commitment to purposeful invention place us at the center of the way the world interacts, works, learns, and lives.

Our sustained investment in research, development, and invention means we’re always ready to solve the toughest challenges alongside our customers. 


Corning’s businesses are ever evolving to best serve our customers, industries, and consumers. Today, we accelerate and transform life sciences, mobile consumer electronics, optical communications, display, and automotive markets.


We are changing the world with: 

•    Trusted products that accelerate drug discovery, development, and delivery to save lives
•    Damage-resistant cover glass to enhance the devices that keep us connected
•    Optical fiber, wireless technologies, and connectivity solutions to carry information and ideas at the speed of life
•    Precision glass for advanced displays to deliver richer experiences 
•    Auto glass and ceramics to drive cleaner, safer, and smarter transportation 

Assigned responsibility by Division IP Counsel for a significant patent portfolio for assigned businesses or business segments in order to cost effectively and efficiently capture and protect Corning inventions.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Proactively oversees at least one significant patent portfolio of the relevant business in accordance with that business‚ IP Strategy Plan and the policies and procedures of the IP Department.
  • Recommends modifications to the patenting strategy of the IP Strategy Plan to ensure such strategy remains aligned with business technology strategy and takes into account new information with regard to the strengths and weaknesses of Corning patent portfolio in light of the overall IP landscape and patent position of competitors.
  • Identifies opportunities to innovate and improve IP Department‚ policies and procedures and relevant IP strategies with respect to patent portfolio management.
  • Collaborates with the business clients to ensure proper and comprehensive identification of Corning inventions.
  • Secures appropriate foreign and domestic protection of Corning inventions in accordance with the relevant business‚ IP Strategy Plan and IP Department policies and procedures.
  • Oversees budgetary objectives assigned by supervisor for assigned businesses.


Required Education and Skills:


  • JD degree and member in good standing of state Bar and registered to practice before the USPTO.
  • BS and/or advanced degree in relevant technology (Materials Science or Chemical Engineering degrees and background preferred, but other technical backgrounds and experience that correspond well with our materials and chemistry-related technologies will be considered).
  • Very good written and verbal communication skills



Critical Work Experiences (Required):

  • 5 years as a practicing patent attorney (law firm experience preferred) Significant experience preparing and prosecuting patents, including supervision of foreign counsel.
  • Experience performing risk analyses and drafting infringement and validity opinions.
  • Prior technical or patent examiner experience e.g., engineering or other technical role in industry Exposure or experience drafting IP agreements and negotiating of IP transactions, Experience in litigation or USPTO or other patent office procedures Travel Requirements: Up to 50%


  • This position does not support immigration sponsorship.


Corning Puts YOU First! 


We are committed to supporting your health, financial, career development, and life goals as you grow professionally and personally to achieve your highest potential. All benefits begin as soon as you start your career at Corning. 


  • Our monetary peer-to-peer recognition program is tied to our Values and celebrates you and your colleagues’ contributions. 
  • Health and well-being benefits include medical, dental, vision, mental health/substance use, fitness, and disease management programs.  
  • Financial benefits include a 401(k) savings plan with company matching contributions and a 100% company-paid pension benefit that grows steadily throughout your career. 
  • Companywide bonus and attractive short- and long-term compensation programs are available based on your role and responsibilities.   
  • Professional development programs help you grow and achieve your career goals. 


We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected status.


We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Nearest Major Market: Corning