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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:  Chemical Patent Agent

Travel Required?:  No Travel
Date:  Nov 22, 2022
Partial remote working option

No Relocation Assistance Offered
# 149544 - Piscataway, New Jersey, United States

Colgate-Palmolive Global Legal Organization is currently recruiting candidates for the position of Chemical Patent Agent. This role will provide global support to our innovative global technology teams across a diverse range of chemical consumer product areas. Our globally respected brand positioning, dedicated employees, and sustainability commitments create a growth environment focused on building a future to smile about for our people, our pets, and our planet. Our pride in our brands fuels a workplace that encourages creative thinking, champions experimentation, and promotes authenticity which has contributed to our enduring success. If this innovative environment appeals to you come and join the Colgate Palmolive team.


What you will do

• Efficiently manage prosecution of a large and active patent docket. Maintain communication with R&D to ensure patent claims track product formulations.

• Analyze invention disclosures to determine if sufficient information is available to draft a patent application. Collaborate with R&D partners to obtain additional data to support new patent application filings.

• Attend R&D meetings and presentations to identify new innovations and advise on patent strategies.

• Draft chemical patent applications in support of new innovations and product developments.

• Performs other duties as assigned.

• Complies with all policies and standards.


Required Qualifications

• Bachelor's Degree Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Biology, Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry Required.

• Chemical industry background and experience

• At least 4 years Experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications.

• Experience managing a large global patent portfolio and effectively maintaining/managing a large patent docket.

• Excellent oral communication and presentation skills.

• Patent Bar Admission.

• Ability to be a pro-active team player and partner effectively with internal clients in a collaborative environment to achieve stated business objectives.

• Ability to convert complex patent concepts into useful business guidance.

• Ability to handle confidential and sensitive business matters.

• Excellent oral communication and presentation skills.

• Superior organization and project management skills.

• Must have ability to multi-task, manage multiple priorities, and deliver results in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment.


Preferred Qualifications

• Experience in CPG industry

• Marketing and/or advertising experience

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.



Salary Range $107,760 - $158,445 USD


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.

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