Vesuvius plc is a global leader in molten metal flow engineering. Vesuvius provides a full range of engineering services and solutions to its customers worldwide, principally serving the iron & steel and foundry industries. The company develops innovative and customized solutions, often used in extremely demanding industrial environments, which enable its customers to improve their manufacturing processes, enhance product quality and reduce energy consumption.
With a strong commitment to R&D, Vesuvius is effectively fostering innovation across a variety of technological groups. Consequently, the company is looking to bolster the capacity of its IP Team by recruiting a new European Patent Attorney. The successful candidate will enjoy a dynamic and inspiring work environment, having the following key responsibilities:
- Identifying and documenting valuable IP created within the Group;
- Working with technology managers to decide when and how to protect identified IP;
- Procuring IP rights by filing and prosecuting patent, design, and trademark applications globally, including oppositions/post-grant reviews and appeal proceedings;
- Defending against challenges to the validity or scope of the Group’s IP rights;
- Assisting the legal team with any of the following: drafting, reviewing, and negotiating contracts involving IP (e.g. confidentiality agreements, assignments, patent license agreements, joint development/cooperative development agreements, and other IP settlement agreements);
- Assisting with Vesuvius Inventor Awards Program (VIAP) for Group and administering VIAP for assigned business units;
- Regularly conducting IP training for personnel and possibly develop the e-training program;
- Assisting in the formulation of IP strategies (including innovation management, patent and trademark procurement, and enforcement strategies) for the Group, as a whole, and for the individual Business Units and product categories;
- Assisting with special projects as needed.
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:
- Be a registered European Patent Attorney;
- Possess a Materials Science, Metallurgy, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering Degree;
- Previous IP experience, including working in a team of IP professionals, preferably within an IP department in a global corporation;
- Thorough knowledge of European patent law, and all stages of the patent lifecycle;
- Autonomous, team player, highly developed communication skills;
- Knowledge of English as the working language of the company;
- Proficiency in German is preferable.