Carrying some 40% of the world’s mobile traffic, Ericsson enjoys an unrivalled position as the market leader within the mobile networks industry. Ericsson’s services, software and infrastructure support every major telecom operator in the world. Given the continuous and growing stream of innovations, Ericsson enjoys a highly active IP and licensing culture, which exposes its patent attorneys to all aspects of the patent life cycle.
Ericsson’s patent portfolio is seen as a major tool in supporting the company’s commercial objectives through not only “freedom of action” for technologies and products, but also through substantial revenue generation from out-licensing. The company has more than 45,000 granted patents and invests heavily in research & development across a wide range of technologies.
Ericsson is currently in an exciting period of growth in the lead up to roll-out of 5G technologies globally, envisaged to occur in 2020.
The pace of change in the industry is driving ever-increasing levels of innovation and the IPR and Licensing team are therefore pivotal in helping the company protect and monetise its intellectual assets.
With that in mind and following internal restructure, Ericsson is now looking to add external expertise to its vastly experienced Patent Development Leadership Team (PDLT) by recruiting a skilled and ambitious individual to this strategically important role. The candidate should possess experience of change management, along with experience of developing and implementing IP strategy within a fast-paced environment.
As the Director of the unit DSM (Device, Service and Media), the chief role responsibility will be to lead the unit with special focus on identifying and developing new IPR business opportunities within non-radio technical areas.
The role will also encompass:
- Being internal contact for IPR issues, and external contact for outside counsel
- Unit finance and budget management
- Leading employee development and feedback
- Managing continuous improvement measures, and chairing respective patent board meetings and weekly unit meetings.
- Patent prosecution – responsibility for own docket with c. 60 patent families
A successful candidate will ideally possess:
- An excellent degree in either telecommunications, electrical engineering, physics, computer science or a related field;
- Full qualification as a European or US Patent Attorney;
- Fluency in English as the working language of the company;
- Strong previous leadership experience;
- Commercial awareness and an interest in Ericsson’s technologies and future aims;
- Excellent social, communication and negotiation and analytical skills.