“As the long-standing world leader in ophthalmic optics, the Essilor Group is committed to developing vision care solutions that help to correct and protect the individual vision needs of the 7.7 billion people in the world. To achieve this ambition, we place our mission of improving lives by improving sight at the heart of everything we do, respecting the values and principles that have shaped the Group for near 170 years. Our mission unites our 74,000 employees across the world, drives our strategy, stimulates innovation, and guides our commitments to each of our stakeholders.”
Essilor, formerly known as Essilor International Compagnie Generale D Optique SA, is a leading ophthalmic company, based in France. The Company designs, manufactures, and markets a range of lenses, frames, and sunglasses to improve and protect eyesight. It also develops and markets equipment for prescription laboratories and instruments and services for eyecare professionals. It operates through three segments: Lenses and Optical Instruments, which includes corrective lenses, optical instruments intended for opticians and optometrists; Equipment, which includes machines and consumables used by plants and prescription laboratories, and Sunglasses & Readers, which encompasses non-prescription reading glasses and non-prescription sunglasses.
The Company operates under a number of brands, including Varilux, Crizal, Kodak, Eyezen, and Bolon among others.
Essilor was named by Forbes as one of the world’s 100 “Most Innovative Companies” for 2018. Every year since 2010, Essilor has figured among the top 100 publicly traded companies identified by investors as having the highest innovation potential. The company invests over €200m each year to research and innovation, three times the size of the rest of the industry combined.
Essilor’s research department particularly concentrates on the combined progress of two complementary disciplines: optics and physiology, with particular recourse to virtual reality.
In keeping with one of the Company’s three key missions, innovation is at the heart of everything the company does and whose strategy is underpinned by the protection, development, and enforcement of its intellectual property. Essilor is looking to hire a skilled European Patent Attorney who has a desire to be part of a growing patent function within a global multinational that is constantly evolving.
Promising excellent long-term career prospects within a leading multinational corporation, the successful candidate is likely to fulfil the following criteria:
- Full qualification as a European Patent Attorney (part-qualified will also be considered subject to the required number of years’ experience);
- Significant post-qualification experience (at least five years);
- A technical Masters Degree;
- A technical background in IT, software, or similar new technologies;
- IT Experience across several activities, including patent portfolio management, FTO matters, and oppositions/litigation and agreements;
- Fluency in oral and written English is mandatory (French language is not essential).