Ocado Group plc is a FTSE 100 technology company headquartered in the UK, that is committed to helping retailers change the way the world shops. As a 50% owner of the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailer Ocado Group has developed a unique, end to end operating solution for online grocery retail based on proprietary technology and IP, suitable for operating retail businesses in the UK and with overseas commercial partners.
Ocado Group is taking its online grocery retailing know-how to retailers around the world. Using its proprietary best-in-class technology, combined with the knowledge and experience of its retail business, they aim to become the e-commerce solutions partner of choice for leading retailers around the world; those looking for market-leading efficiency, with unsurpassed operational economics, consumer experience and service.
Led by Lucy Wojcik, the IP department is currently comprised of four further European Patent Attorneys and an AI expert using machine learning to search patents and technology to provide business intelligence. In line with Ocado Group’s commitment to further innovation in the coming years, the department is now anticipated to double in size by 2022.
As a new European Patent Attorney within the department, one possible role envisioned is that you will be assigned lead responsibility for e-commerce related innovation in the company, which over one thousand data scientists across four international sites are intensively focused on. In the same way other attorneys in the department are now the chief point of contact for project managers, you will also assume this level of autonomy and proactively capture the key technology.
The focus of your work will therefore be on computer-implemented inventions where the case law is contentious and patentability regularly requires pushing the boundaries. You will also, however, receive significant exposure to patent applications arising from the company’s robotics and automation research units.
The successful candidate will possess:
- Full qualification as a European Patent Attorney, and ideally as a Chartered Patent Attorney.
- At least 2 years of post-qualification experience.
- A strong academic background in computer science, electrical engineering, physics or related academic discipline.
- Practical IP experience of computer-implemented inventions.
- A pro-active manner and the confidence to assume significant autonomy within a fast-growing, technology-focused company.