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Patent Engineer 

Nerudia Liverpool United Kingdom

Patent Engineer

Physics Road | Nerudia Liverpool | England | United Kingdom | L24 9HP

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.

We are now Imperial’s home of R&D for Next Generation Products (NGP) and have a number of products on the market including the Blu e-cig range and Pulze. We have patent filing numbers of over 300 for 2019.

The role

Liverpool

Permanent, Full time

Competitive Salary + Benefits

To support our rapidly growing NGP business we are looking to recruit a Patent Engineer to join our Patents Team.The role will bridge legal, technical and commercial at the cutting edge of innovation. This is a unique role in that it requires the patent engineer to perform technical work needed to deliver strategic patent protection.  You'll be innovative, commercially minded and progressive and 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, acting as a conduit between the business and its external patent advisors.

Key accountabilities

Coordinating the patent application process in line with patent strategy, including:

    • contributing to ideation;
    • working with the R&D team to capture inventions;
    • considering the business case for patent applications, identifying higher value patent applications, and prioritising applications accordingly;
    • ensuring invention disclosure forms are produced to an adequate standard;
    • instructing patent searches;
    • providing technical input to patent applications – providing the “how” required to support the application; and
    • providing technical and commercial input to patent prosecution.
  • Working with the R&D team to mitigate risk associated with third party patents.
  • Monitoring use of Nerudia patents in commercialised products.
  • Monitoring competitor products for infringement of Nerudia IP rights.

Skills & experience

  • University level degree in Engineering, Physics, design and technology or similar.
  • Experience of working in IP or Experience of working in an R&D function necessary.
  • Entrepreneurial and able to think outside the box.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills, and a proven ability to work with teams and across multiple disciplines.

What we offer

Nerudia offers a competitive package of salary. Training by experienced patent attorneys in the above areas. The option to go on and train as a patent attorney.

Next steps

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

Opening date: 27th December 2019

Closing date: 26th January 2020

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