Client: Nokia
REF: 22890

Nokia is a B2B technology innovation leader pioneering the future where networks meet cloud. At Nokia you will have a positive impact on people’s lives and help build the capabilities needed for a more productive, sustainable, and accessible world.  Be part of a culture built on an inclusive way of working where we are open to your ideas, you are empowered to take risks and are encouraged to be fearless in bringing your authentic self to work.

Nokia Technologies is licensing Nokia intellectual property, including patents, technologies, and the Nokia brand, building on Nokia’s continued innovation and decades of R&D leadership in technologies deployed in virtually all connected devices used today.


As the market continues to evolve, and competition from both established competitors and disruptive new players remains fierce, this transition will continue for the foreseeable future. To secure its future in this increasingly competitive landscape, Nokia must remain attuned to these changes, identifying and pursuing new commercial opportunities as they arise.  Nokia is therefore seeking to recruit an experienced Head of Patents to manage the Multimedia team and with the following responsibilities:

  • Coordinating the use of resources and managing investments;
  • Driving the technology strategy and vision, including technology road mapping, and research management.
  • Patent administration, including patent boards & awards, filing & prosecution, and the coordination of external associates;
  • Coordinating and ensuring technical support for licensing, litigation, defensive, divestment projects and reviewing acquisition opportunities;
  • Providing portfolio analytics, including the management of internal & external studies, and portfolio visualisation;


The incoming Head of Patents will lead a global team of top IPR professionals, so the right candidate will necessarily be an experienced leader with excellent networking and communication skills. The incoming individual is expected to actively participate in discussions and drive the relevant agenda inside and outside of Nokia and will have the following main accountabilities:

  • Master’s or Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or Physics / Mathematics;
  • Deep technical knowledge of multimedia technologies, systems and standards;
  • Experience in leading a multicultural and international team, also remotely;
  • Strong previous experience in managing patent portfolios and / or carrying out technical analysis of patents (10+ years);
  • Proven ability to achieve results by leading teams and drive for results;
  • Innovative and inspiring, able to successfully initiate new ways of doing things;
  • Effective communicator, influences decision making of colleagues and partners;
  • Strong business judgment, analytical acumen, and communication skills are essential;
  • Collaborative, a natural people leader & team player;
  • Excellent communication skills and command of written and spoken English.

Nokia offers flexible and hybrid working schemes, continuous learning opportunities, well-being programs to support you mentally and physically, opportunities to join and get supported by employee resource groups, mentoring programs and highly diverse teams with an inclusive culture where people thrive and are empowered.

Nokia is committed to inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer

Nokia has received the following recognitions for its commitment to inclusion & equality:

  • One of the World’s Most Ethical Companies by Ethisphere
  • Gender-Equality Index by Bloomberg
  • Workplace Pride Global Benchmark
  • LGBT+ equality & best place to work by HRC Foundation

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

Julian Adamson

Managing Partner, Germany

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