Client: DSM
REF: 22590
dsm senior patent counsel

DSM is a global, purpose-led, science-based company active in Health, Nutrition & Bioscience. Connecting its unique competences in life sciences and materials sciences, DSM drives innovation, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for customers, shareholders, employees, and society-at-large. DSM delivers solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials.


Organized in three market-focused business groups: Animal Nutrition & Health (ANH); Health, Nutrition & Care (HNC) and Food & Beverage (F&B), this structure enables DSM to leverage its strong combination of scientific competences and growing portfolio of nutrition and health solutions, as well as harness the latest advancements in digital technology and bioscience, to address the significant environmental and societal challenges associated with the global food systems. The company is therefore seeking a high calibre Senior Patent Attorney to be based preferably in Switzerland or the US to manage substantive and strategic IP matters arising from the HNC business group and to enhance DSM’s overall evolving patent portfolio on a global level.

The successful candidate will have substantive patent responsibilities, but will also provide IP counselling and strategic advice to the business, and be involved in a wide range of activities including the following:

  • Protect innovative product formulations and combinations of multiple ingredients to serve our customers´ needs and future-proof our business;
  • Be an integral part of an Operational IP Team, which consists of different IP roles (including patent and trademark attorneys, IP intelligence analysts and IP paralegals) all contributing to the team according to their specific expertise;
  • As part of the Operational IP Team create and execute business-driven and holistic IP strategies (considering patents, trade secrets, trademarks, designs, copyrights, domain names, database rights, etc.) and build and maintain a valuable, business relevant IP portfolio via strategic generation, acquisition, and protection of DSM’s intellectual property;
  • Advise the business on intellectual property related opportunities and risks, including freedom-to-operate analyses and related risk mitigation options.
  • In line with the IP strategies, support others on the IP Team and/or innovation or business functions on IP-related transactions, including development agreements, acquisition, and licensing;
  • Efficiently utilize internal and external resources pertaining to IP drafting, prosecution, litigation, formalities, and trademarks, as needed.


The successful candidate is likely to fulfil the following criteria:

  • Qualified European or US Patent Attorney;
  • Ideally possess practical IP experience in the FMCG or Food & Nutrition sectors gained within an industry setting or reputable private practice;
  • Excellent educational background in Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Life Sciences or any other related technical disciplines;
  • Consolidated knowledge of European and/or US patent law and IP strategy formulation;
  • Proactiveness and strong team spirit with excellent interpersonal skills, to communicate credibly with individuals at all levels within the organisation;
  • Ability to build effective relationships and collaborate with Innovation Project Managers, R&D scientists, legal and business teams;
  • Demonstrate a flexible, agile and solution-oriented mindset and commercial approach to IP, comprehending its value as a tool to service the wider-needs of the business and as a part of a broader strategy;
  • Eagerness to learn and open to accepting opinions from others;
  • Ability to make good judgement and take decisions based on sound commercial acumen and an exceptional, positive attitude to deliver results;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to articulate complex technical and legal issues in a comprehensible manner to positively influence commercial decisions;
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity in view of the multinational working environment;
  • Professional proficiency in both verbal and written English.

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

Rene Chung

Partner & Practice Head - IP Licensing

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