Client: Johnson Matthey
REF: 20590

Johnson Matthey is a global leader in science that enables cleaner air, improved health and more efficient use of natural resources. Today, more than 85% of the company’s sales represent products and services which provide sustainability benefits through the positive impact they have on the environment, resource efficiency or human health. In addition to the portfolio of businesses within the old ‘New Businesses Division’ (including Battery Materials and Fuel Cells), the New Markets business arm incorporates the Medical Components business and the Life Science Technologies (formerly Catalysis and Chiral Technologies) business. Following the overwhelming financial success of the New Markets business arm, having exceeded expected revenue in 2019 by 80% (£162m), they are now looking to expand.


Johnson Matthey are now looking for a patent attorney to join their New Markets business arm to support the development and growth of the life sciences IP team as the sole practitioner. This opportunity offers exceptional in-house experience with the opportunity to develop business experience and acumen together with exposure to the full range of professional work including advising the team in respect of FTO exercises, competitor patent watching, potential oppositions, thus enabling a decisive and commercial response and effective utilisation of the portfolio. The role will involve taking ownership of the future of the life sciences division and taking the lead on it’s growth.

You will be in direct contact with the European and UK patent offices at all levels up to and including the Boards of Appeal. You will communicate with external counsel in different countries and be in daily contact with JM scientists, technology managers and commercial managers in various divisions.

This position offers an excellent opportunity for continued professional development and autonomy, in a company with strong financials and 200 years of ethical, world-class R&D.


The successful candidate will ideally:

  • Possess a good first degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or a related field from a well-recognised university;
  • Have 1-3 years’ experience as a qualified Chartered Patent Attorney and/or as a European Patent Attorney;

Candidates should also possess the following personal qualities:

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to communicate effectively with both scientists and commercial managers internationally;
  • IT literacy, and willigness to adopt new ways of working;
  • Good influential skills, customer focus and commercial awareness.

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

Milli Bouri


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