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The role

  • Based in our Milton Park offices you will be reporting into our Chief Counsel
  • Pro-actively engage with the Research & Development team to drive, support and draft patentable ideas, steering them into formal patent applications, and ideally be able to sketch patent compatible figures.
  • Work with external patent attorneys to drive and assist in the growth and development of global patent portfolio.
  • Undertake patent/ intellectual property research (including prior art searches) and present results in a succinct form to support decision making
  • Support assessment of patentability of ideas
  • Effectively liaise with internal stakeholders and external counsel to ensure efficient progress of patent applications
  • Support the Legal Team in wider management of the Intellectual Property portfolio including providing input/ support into freedom to operate decisions, broader Intellectual Property strategy and contentious Intellectual Property matters
  • Actively involved with twice annual Invention Convention

What we like to see

  • Completed a relevant PhD – some exposure to optical engineering would also be welcomed but is not essential.
  • Experience with intellectual property, including patent drafting.
  • Experience in patent searching using various free tools (google patents, USPTO) and the subsequent review of results.
  • Self-motivated and able to organise/ manage own workload.
  • A confident communicator who is able to present technical ideas plainly to colleagues from both technical and non-technical backgrounds
  • Attention to detail.
  • Pro active attitude and ability to adapt to dynamic working environment.

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