Client: Faurecia

Faurecia is a global leader in the Automotive industry with the mission to develop technologies for safe, sustainable, advanced, and customised mobility. With 111,000 employees in 33 countries, Faurecia is a top ten global automotive supplier and inspires mobility through its four Business Groups: Seating, Interiors, Clean Mobility, and Electronics. At the same time, Faurecia offers solutions to meet the challenges of future generations in line with their convictions and values.

THE OPPORTUNITY

Mobility is evolving fast and global megatrends are changing the industry: onboard experiences, automated driving, zero-emissions mobility and sustainable automotive design. To meet the increasing demand and to cover business activities within Faurecia’s Interior Systems, the Intellectual Property Division is looking to appoint a Patent Counsel to be based at one of its main R&D hubs in Karlsruhe, Germany. As part of the global IP team, the incoming Patent Attorney will have the responsibility to create and to develop effective IP protection for products and services across this leading business segment and across several countries. The Patent Counsel will enjoy a high level of autonomy and diversity in dealing with a broad range of patent matters, including but not limited to:

  • Developing IP strategies in collaboration with the technical departments based on the competitive landscape;
  • Assess the patentability of Invention Disclosure Forms (IDFs);
  • Freedom-To-Operate, drafting and prosecution;
  • Identifying and assessing patent-related risks and opportunities by analysing the scope of protection, assessing the likelihood of grant, enforceability and validity of patents and patent applications of third parties;
  • Managing EPO opposition and appeals proceedings in collaboration with external attorneys and supporting on litigations;
  • Handling IP matters independently and assuming the full responsibility in relation to relevant stakeholders throughout the business organisation;
  • Participate in internal meetings and committees in R&D where innovation and future technology road maps are discussed.

THE CANDIDATE

The successful candidate is likely to fulfil the following criteria:

  • A university degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, physics, chemical engineering or another related area of study;
  • Qualified European Patent Attorney;
  • IP experience, ideally gained within an industry setting or reputable private practice;
  • Consolidated knowledge of European patent law and IP strategy formulation;
  • 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;
  • 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;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks;
  • Excellent skills in English; German would be beneficial.

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

Julian Adamson

Managing Partner, Germany

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