Client: Volkswagen
REF: 22700

 

With its “NEW AUTO – Mobility for Generations to Come” Group strategy and future program, the Volkswagen Group is paving the way for the biggest change process in its history: the realignment of one of the best carmakers to become a globally leading provider of sustainable mobility.

Corporate IP is part of Group Legal of Volkswagen AG. The Corporate IP team gives legal advice to all business departments in all matters regarding Intellectual Property, including the management of the IP portfolios of Volkswagen AG, licensing IP and securing freedom to operate regarding third parties’ IP rights. Furthermore, the Corporate IP team advises its internal clients in setting up national and international relationships regarding business aspects and contracts.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Reporting into the Global Head of IP, as well as the decision-making committees, including the Volkswagen Group Board of Management, the key responsibilities of the Chief IP Licensing Officer are:

  • Oversee and direct all IP licensing matters, including licensing-in and licensing-out transactions in consultation with other departments and key stakeholders, as well as conduct legal and monetary evaluation;
  • Act as the primary negotiator on behalf of the Volkswagen Group on IP licensing matters – this will include contract drafting with a focus on patent licenses;
  • Devise comprehensive IP Licensing strategies and ensure alignment across all brands of the Volkswagen Group;
  • Deal with complex contracting party situations, i.e. in supply chain, through frequent interaction with multi-brand negotiation teams;
  • Evaluate and oversee the legal positions in all national and supranational jurisdictions as necessary and consider other necessary fields of law, such as competition, anti-trust, and tax law;
  • Represent the interests of Volkswagen AG in conferences and discussions vis-a-vis national and international authorities and government organizations. This will include the preparation and harmonization of position papers, statements and presentations.

THE CANDIDATE

The successful candidate is likely to fulfil the following criteria:

  • A university degree in a technical, legal and/or financial field, a qualification as patent attorney, attorney at law, or equivalent.
  • Possess several years of experience in the field of IP licensing management in an internationally operating company, preferably in the ICT or software business and have the respective legal and technological knowledge.
  • Possess substantial involvement in IP licensing negotiations and contract drafting including with standard essential patents – particularly in representing the companies’ position in the public sphere.
  • Fluency in English. German is not necessary but advantageous.

If you would like to explore this opportunity further, please contact

Rene Chung

Partner & Practice Head - IP Licensing

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