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Senior Intellectual Property Attorney

Job Requisition ID:  43171

Eastman’s current hiring policy requires new hires be fully vaccinated before reporting to work in this role unless granted an exception and for certain legal requirements. 

Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company’s innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,000 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2021 revenues of approximately $10.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit


Location: Remote or Corporate HQ, Kingsport, TN

Attorney with strong patent prosecution education and experience.  Will be skilled at drafting and prosecuting patent applications (both US and OUS originating), identifying patentable subject matter, harvesting inventions from research disclosures, collaborating with technology and business personnel to develop and to execute patent filing and prosecution strategies and working well in a team-oriented environment. Experience with patentability and freedom to operate studies and analyses, IP-related agreements (e.g. licensing, JDAs) and/or IP litigation would be a plus.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Interfacing regularly with scientists and engineers to identify patentable subject matter and to develop patent applications.
  • Drafting and prosecuting patent applications for a global patent portfolio (significant portion of the role).
  • Collaborating with both business and technology partners as well as colleagues in other departments within Eastman Legal to develop and to implement IP strategy and to address IP issues having cross-functional implications.
  • Working with IP leadership and client organizations to determine appropriate freedom to operate and patentability studies and strategies.
  • Drafting and negotiating agreements related to intellectual property and confidentiality.


Education Required:
A Juris Doctor of Law is required with experience with patent prosecution. Must be a member of a state bar.  Must be registered as patent attorney with USPTO. 


  • Technical background in chemistry or chemical engineering, with chemistry Ph.D being a plus.
  • Significant patent prosecution experience.
  • Excellent English written and oral communications skills.
  • Ability to multi-task and to collaborate (in writing and verbally) across all levels and functions of the organization.

Eastman Chemical Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.

Eastman is committed to creating a powerfully diverse workforce and a broadly inclusive workplace, where everyone can contribute to their fullest potential each day.

Nearest Major Market: Asheville
Nearest Secondary Market: Knoxville

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