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Junior Patent Manager

About the Unit

The Patent Team in the Innovation and Patent department currently consists of four Patent Attorneys and a Patent Administrator who provide patent support not only for R&D but to the entire Yara organization. The Patent Team implements patent strategies, and advises business entities on all patent aspects of managing their Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio.

This requires managing all patent related matters including patent drafting and prosecution activities worldwide, assessing contracts for IP issues, advising on any freedom to operate issues, managing patent conflicts and litigation, inventor gratuity and remuneration processes and intellectual property education and awareness.

Responsibilities

  • Implement patent protection for business entities
  • Handle all aspects of patent applications and prosecution worldwide (office actions, appeals, payment of fees, etc)
  • Manage patent conflicts, litigations and oppositions with support from a more senior patent attorney
  • Implement gratuity and remuneration processes
  • Provide surveillance profiles and third party patent reviews for specific technical areas informing on competitive barriers in order to react on rights that could limit Yara’s freedom to operate
  • Ensure appropriate governance and ensure that Yara is compliant in all patent matters relating to that business area
  • Participate in Innovation platforms, key projects and Patent Steering Committee with the emphasis being on leveraging the IP position to the benefit of R&D and commercial objectives, and advise on protection and infringement risks
  • Training of Yara employees in basic Intellectual Property and informing on legal developments, which may affect patent policy

Profile

  • Technical university degree (preferably Master’s degree) in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical or Agricultural Engineering, or Material Sciences.
  • 3-5 years industry experience with some exposure to patents, preferably part-qualified as a European Patent Attorney.
  • Understand the science and technology, techniques, procedures and equipment to make appropriate decisions, perform own role responsibilities and achieve the agreed performance standards and objectives.
  • Willingness to train as a European Patent Attorney and take the European Qualifying Exam at the European Patent Office.
  • Ability to advise and influence at all levels in the organization.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, team player with a multicultural understanding.
  • Good communication skills. Excellent verbal and written English, other languages are beneficial.