From its humble beginnings as a Finnish paper mill in 1865, Nokia has captained various sectors throughout its commercial evolution, including paper products, rubber boots and tyres to it modern day iteration as the iconic telecoms, IT and consumer electronics Fortune 500. Nokia has a recognizable presence worldwide, and reported annual revenues of c. 23 billion Euros, with listings on the Helsinki and NY stock exchanges. Its global reach continues to evolve and develop with strategic acquisitions, most recently Alcatel-Lucent in 2016, further securing its position at the forefront of the world’s networking and communications future, particularly in the 5G space.
Nokia Networks provides wireless and fixed network infrastructure, communications and networks service platforms and professional services to operators and service providers. It is the company’s largest division, and the world’s third-largest telecoms equipment manufacturer, measured by 2017 revenues. Their technology powers the fastest, largest and most advanced networks in the world.
Nokia Technologies division was developed in 2014 following restructuring of Nokia Corporation. It develops consumer products across imaging, sensing, wireless connectivity, power management and materials as well as incorporating the IP licensing programme, out-licensing the Nokia brand alongside other technology.
The continued innovation and evolution at Nokia, particularly towards rollout of 5G and emerging technologies, has led to additional need for a qualified or near-qualified patent attorney to join the The Wireless Technologies division – with flexibility on location in either Munich, Paris or Espoo- to further support the company’s dynamic patent team and broader international patent profile.
Reporting to the Head and Technology Area Lead – Wireless Implementations situated in Munich, responsibilities will include inter alia:
- Identifying, capturing and managing IPR, with particular emphasis on invention evaluation;
- Handling and decisions on patent applications and patents including drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications;
- Providing advice, including infringement and validity advice, on both Nokia and third-party patents, and managing opposition proceedings when required;
- Preparing claim charts.
The successful candidate will ideally possess:
- Masters or Ph.D qualification in a relevant technical field such as electronic engineering, applied physics, computer science, or IT;
- A fundamental understanding of 4G/5G wireless communication technologies; telecoms standards; software-based inventions and broader understanding of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and computer-implemented inventions;
- Full qualification as a European or US Patent Attorney or Patent Agent. Candidates working towards full qualification, or with significant relevant experience and the drive to become a fully-qualified patent attorney will also be considered;
- Strong post-qualification experience, ideally within an industry setting;
- An approachable, team-player attitude and confidence in interaction with research and development colleagues and others across the business and eternally, particularly in knowledge-sharing;
- An ability to prioritise effectively and work well in a fast-paced, dynamic environment;
- Commercial awareness and interest in Nokia’s proprietary technologies and future aims;
- Fluency in English as the working language of the company; Finnish, French or German skills would also be advantageous.