Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation, delivering innovation at every level. Headquartered in France, Schneider Electric employs more than 137,000 employees worldwide. With a global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the indisputable leader in power management, through low voltage to medium voltage solutions, secure power systems and automation systems. Schneider Electric is leading the digital transformation of energy management and automation in homes, buildings, data centres, infrastructure and industries, by offering a wide range of products, solutions and related services.
For decades Schneider Electric has been innovating in power distribution and now, through innovation at every level, the company is redefining power distribution with EcoStruxure™: its IoT-enabled, plug-and-play, open, interoperable architecture and platform, that includes connected products, edge control, and apps, analytics and services.
Among other R&D initiatives, Schneider Electric believes that investing in publicly funded collaborative R&D projects is central to positioning the company at the cutting edge of various technologies, such as smart grid, cybersecurity, renewables, the Internet of Things, embedded systems, smart metering or smart cities. With intellectual property playing an increasingly important role within the company, Schneider Electric is now keen to recruit an experienced IP Counsel to be based in London.
The key overall responsibility of the position will be to provide in-house counselling to EMEA and CIS businesses and technical management on intellectual property-related matters.
Reporting to the Senior IP Counsel, this appointment is open to suitably qualified candidates regardless of age, gender, race or any other consideration. Any biased reference in the text is made merely for the sake of brevity and convenience. Schneider Electric is an equal opportunities employer.
The successful candidate will ideally possess four to seven years’ IP experience and the following attributes:
- EU legal qualification lawyer, with admission in any reputable jurisdiction acceptable;
- Strong experience in the legal field of intellectual property, including transactional matters (licensing, contracts etc.), enforcement of IP rights and managing contested matters including litigation;
- Thorough expert knowledge of IP laws, rules, regulations and practice under EU norms and familiarity with the relevant counterpart US system would be desirable;
- Demonstrated ability to work with outside counsel effectively;
- Experience working in a global IP environment;
- Fluency in English and French, with good command of another major European language (e.g. German or Spanish) a significant plus.