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Patent Counsel Liverpool United Kingdom

Patent Counsel

Wellington House, Physics Road | Liverpool | United Kingdom | L249HP

About us

Originally founded in 2013 by industry pioneers David Newns and Chris Lord, Nerudia quickly developed a strong track record of developing innovative nicotine products to encourage smokers to switch to less harmful alternatives.

In 2017 we became part of Imperial Brands PLC, a dynamic FTSE100 fast-moving consumer goods company with around 33,000 employees worldwide, and we are now Imperial’s home of R&D for Next Generation Products (NGPs).

The role

Liverpool
Permanent, Full time
Competitive Salary + Benefits

To support our rapidly growing NGP business we are looking to recruit qualified patent attorneys to join our patents team. With overall responsibility for IP service delivery, the roles are suited to innovative, commercially astute and progressive individuals who enjoy working in a fast-paced environment. The patents team is embedded within the R&D team and engaged in projects starting with ideation through to knowledge capture, development, FTO and patent drafting, filing and prosecution. The team is directly involved in shaping the business IP strategy and IP portfolio management and acts as a conduit between the business and its external patent advisors.

Key accountabilities

Providing patent attorney services to Imperial Brands based in Liverpool including:

  • managing patent matters in-line with IP strategies, including preparation and prosecution of patents worldwide, patent litigation and opposition proceedings;
  • supporting R&D team by identifying relevant third party intellectual property, evaluating risk, and implementing appropriate strategies to mitigate this risk;
  • carrying out FTO analysis and advising the businesses;
  • identifying, capturing and protecting innovations;
  • contributing to ideation and development of projects;
  • managing outside patent attorneys and reviewing patent drafting;
  • managing outside spend within acceptable budgets;
  • working closely with the legal team on R&D, licensing and other commercial agreements;
  • working with cross-functional groups across Imperial Brands on projects.

Skills & experience

  • University level degree in Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics or similar.
  • Fully qualified European Patent Attorney (or equivalent national qualification).
  • Extensive experience of portfolio management, FTO analysis, oppositions and validity challenges.
  • Entrepreneurial and commercially astute.
  • Innovative and ability to think outside the box.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills, and a proven ability to work with teams and across multiple disciplines.
  • Flexibility to travel.

What we offer

Nerudia offers a competitive package of salary, pension and 25 days holiday, as well as onsite parking.

Next steps

Interested applicants should apply with their CV highlighting their suitability for the role. 

Opening date: 3rd May 2019

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