Aptiv is a global technology leader that addresses mobility’s toughest challenges through their deep software and systems integration expertise, delivering the software capabilities, advanced computing platforms and networking architecture that makes mobility work. Aptiv believes that the power of new mobility – safer, greener and more connected – can change the world.
To meet the increasing demand for advanced technologies and to cover business activities within Aptiv’s Signal & Power Solutions (S&PS) business, the Intellectual Property Division is looking to appoint a Patent Counsel to join the team based at headquarters in Dublin, Ireland.
As a Patent Counsel within Aptiv’s global IP team, the successful candidate’s main responsibilities and tasks will include the following:
- IP awareness raising, building a strong cultural connection with R&D conducive to a proactive IP strategy;
- Invention harvesting, through regular engagement with engineering teams and the establishment of effective disclosure processes. Post-pandemic regular travel to R&D sites is possible;
- Strategic counselling, including guiding the business through freedom to operate challenges on projects you serve as the IP contact for;
- Outside counsel management, on an international basis to ensure the effective drafting and prosecution of Aptiv patents in alignment with departmental strategy.
Further responsibilities may include, but not be limited to:
- Conducting opposition proceedings, in conjunction with outside counsel, both to defend Aptiv’s patents and on occasion to oppose applications of competitors;
- Supporting on transactions, including due diligence for acquisition targets, reviewing IP clauses of contractual agreements with Aptiv customers, or in-licensing IP portfolios;
- Supporting on litigation, if IP infringement issues arise as the automotive industry continues to evolve.
The successful candidate is likely to fulfil the following criteria:
- Full qualification as a European Patent Attorney (newly-qualified European Patent Attorneys will be considered);
- A strong academic background in mechanical and/or electrical engineering, physics, or computer science;
- Practical experience in patenting mechanical and electrical subject matter;
- An aptitude for the commercial considerations behind IP, beyond the mere drafting and prosecution of patents;
- Ability to view IP with a strategic and “IP as a business asset” mind-set by anticipating future business, competitive and legal risks, and seeking creative solutions and opportunities;
- Experience in post-grant work would be beneficial;
- Qualities of diligence, approachability and confidence in interaction with research and development colleagues and others across the business and externally;
- Ability to work independently;
- Strong communication and teamwork skills;
- Fluency in English.