Hearing Instrument Manufacturers Patent Partnership (HIMPP) manages the world’s strongest patent portfolios in the field of hearing instruments. The Partnership was formed by the world’s most advanced hearing instrument manufacturers to foster innovation and to makes these patents available to anyone interested at fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms. The objective of HIMPP is to clear the road of unjust IP obstacles, thus promoting the development of advanced and cost-effective hearing instruments to benefit the hearing impaired.
HIMPP has experienced significant success in the protection and development of the world’s strongest patent portfolios in the field of hearing instruments. In addition to purely organic growth, the companies’ success is fuelled by an increasing number of instructions from its existing members. As a result of the growing client demand, this is an exceptional and rare opportunity for a dynamic US patent attorney with a proven track record to become part of a rare and strong Partnership in a highly innovative and dynamic environment.
The specific responsibilities allocated to the patent attorney can be summarised as follows:
- Advising clients on securing appropriate IP protection and development;
- Conducting IPRs/oppositions, appeals, invalidity and revocation proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the European Patent Office and national patent offices, including representing clients as an advocate at Oral Proceedings;
- Managing/preventing patent litigation activities;
- Providing FTO and validity/invalidity opinions;
- Working alongside solicitors, barristers and foreign litigators in domestic and foreign litigations;
- Assisting licensing negotiations;
- Conducting IP audits and due diligence assessments for international clients and corporate investors;
- Taking an active approach in the business development opportunities within the team.
This is an equal opportunity appointment. Any biased reference in the text is made merely for the sake of brevity and convenience.
The successful candidate is likely to fulfil the following criteria:
- Possess a degree in Medical Technology, Physics, Electronics or a related Engineering discipline;
- Be a fully qualified US Patent Attorney;
- The admission to practice before the EPO would be a plus;
- Experience in managing IPRs/opposition proceedings and supporting litigation activities;
- Possess excellent communication skills coupled with good interpersonal skills, to interface effectively, both verbally and in writing, with colleagues and clients;
- Be highly motivated and proactive with the drive and determination to assist in the development of the practice and the firm as a whole;
- Have a proactive, solution-orientated and independent working style, with excellent analytical skills.