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Established in 1806 as a small soap and candle business in New York City, Colgate-Palmolive is now a truly global company with products sold in over 200 countries and territories under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom's of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Soupline, Haci Sakir, Suavitel, PCA SKIN, EltaMD, Filorga and Hello as well as Hill's Science Diet and Hill's Prescription Diet.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading consumer products company that serves hundreds of millions of consumers worldwide with brands and products across four core businesses – Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. We are committed to offering products that make lives healthier and more enjoyable, and programs that enrich communities around the world.

Every day millions of people trust our products to care for themselves and the ones they love. Our goal is to use our technology to create products that will continue to improve the quality of life for our consumers wherever they live.

A career at Colgate-Palmolive is an excellent opportunity if you seek a global experience, constant challenge, and development opportunities in an environment that respects work/life effectiveness.

Job Title:  Assistant Chief Patent Counsel

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Sep 17, 2023

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 153638 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

Do you want to come to work with a smile and leave with one as well? In between those smiles, your day is comprised of connecting with others across the world, full of stimulating discussions and making impactful contributions. If this is how you see your career, Colgate is the place to be! Our trustworthy household brands, dedicated employees, and sustainability commitments make us a company passionate about building a future to smile about for our employees, consumers, and surrounding communities. As the brand with the highest household presence in the world, we transcend physical boundaries. We win as a global organization by continually learning and collaborating. The pride in our brand fuels a workplace that encourages creative thinking, fosters experimentation and promotes authenticity which has contributed to our enduring success. If you are passionate about working for a company that lives by their values, then give your career a reason to smile...every single day.


JOB TITLE: Assistant Chief Patent Counsel- OC, PC, HC and Hill’s


The role, which reports to the VP, Senior Associate General Counsel- Technology, Regulatory & External Innovation and manages a team of 1 Patent Attorney and 3 Patent Agents, as well as outside counsel.  He/she will be responsible for all chemical-related patent matters in all CP categories including Oral Care, Home Care, Personal Care and Hill's. The position is based in our Piscataway, NJ facility



  • Bachelor's degree in Biology, Bioengineering, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering or similar majors.
  • JD degree and admitted to the bar of at least one state
  • Registered Patent Attorney with USPTO
  • 10+ years professional experience as a practicing patent attorney (private practice and in house)
  •  Experience managing a large global patent portfolio, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications
  •  Excellent client counseling skills are required, including strong oral communication and presentation skills
  •  Experience in rendering patentability, invalidity and freedom to operate opinions
  •  Experience in due diligence activities and agreement drafting/negotiation
  •  Exposure to patent litigation
  •  People management experience, as well as managing outside counsel
  •  Superior organization and project management skills
  •  Strong communication skills with innovators, technologists, and business and legal leaders
  •  Strong interpersonal skills; a team player able to establish and build partnerships across all levels of the legal, business, and R&D teams



  • In-house CPG  experience 
  • Meticulous attention to detail



Salary Range $222,000 - $248,000

Pay is based on several non discriminatory factors including but not limited to experience, education, skills and office location. In addition to your salary, Colgate-Palmolive offers a performance based bonus and competitive benefits package.



Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status (United States positions), or any other characteristic protected by law.

Are you interested in working for Colgate-Palmolive? You can apply online and attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by e-mail are not considered in the selection process. Become part of our team. We look forward to your application.

Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sorriso, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sanex, Elta MD, PCA Skin, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet and Hill’s Prescription Diet. 

For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s web site at To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit To learn more about Hill's and the Hill’s Food, Shelter & Love program please visit To learn more about Tom’s of Maine  please visit

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

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