Arlanxeo is a world-leading synthetic rubber company with 3,800 employees, €3.2 billion in annual sales in 2017, and operations at twenty production sites across nine countries. The company was established in April 2016 as a joint venture of Lanxess, a world-leading specialty chemicals company based in Cologne, Germany; and Saudi Aramco, a major global energy and chemicals enterprise headquartered in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Headquartered in Maastricht in the Netherlands, Arlanxeo’s core business is the development, manufacturing and marketing of synthetic high-performance rubber for use in the automotive and tire industries, the construction industry, and the oil and gas industries.
Following the successful appointment of the company’s first Chief IP Counsel in 2018, Arlanxeo is seeking to expand its new IP department. The (Senior) IP Counsel will define and manage intellectual property matters critical to the company’s success.
Responsibilities will include:
- Developing IP strategies for the business units and subsidiaries as part of the corporate strategy;
- Processing of worldwide patent applications, grants, opposition and appeal proceedings as well as representing the company in the related oral proceedings before patent offices and relevant courts;
- Preparing patent reports and FTO analyses;
- Benchmarking of Arlanxeo IP activities on IP portfolios of other market participants;
- Enforcing IP rights against third parties;
- Providing IP-related support for acquisition and divestment projects of the company;
- Preparing and negotiating all technology-oriented contracts.
The successful candidate will possess:
- A strong background in polymer chemistry;
- Full qualification as a European Patent Attorney, with at least a few years of post-qualification experience.
- Time spent in an in-house department, or strategically counselling local clients closely from a position in private practice.
- Experience of IP transactions, such as reviewing and drafting clauses of contracts.
- Fluency in English. Proficiency in German is advantageous.