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Patent Attorney - Italy  

Solvay (company)


Posted on : 20 February 2017

Project Description

  • Join us, the people who ask more from chemistry.  
  • More than designing solutions for our customers, we are inventing a new model of sustainable chemistry.  
  • You are a catalyst for change, inspired by fresh thinking and teamwork.  
  • Whether you see yourself in research, marketing, or manufacturing, our company offers you a multinational environment in which to explore diverse career opportunities and a more sustainable future through chemistry.

Qualification/Experiences and knowledge 
  •  excellent educational background to Master degree level or beyond in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering or Materials Science with focus on polymer science, or a related chemistry discipline; 
  •  at least three years of professional experience in IP either from industrial background or from private practice; 
  •  ideally, but not necessarily, holding EQE qualification; candidates not qualified/part qualified will be equally considered provided commitment to complement IP training through EQE qualification; 
  •  experience in drafting and prosecuting applications with the minimum of supervision; 
  •  expertise in European patent law and related IP law, including experience in general counseling on IP-related issues/opportunities. 
Other key skills and attributes: 
  •  Good personal and communication skills, optimum proficiency in both verbal and written English (working language); deep knowledge of an additional foreign language would be a plus; 
  •  Be able to autonomously work locally to provide IP services to technical and business stakeholders (IT) within a global IP team, sharing global policies, strategies and approaches; 
  •  Be highly motivated, with the ability to pro-actively organize a challenging workload and promptly adapt planning when confronted with unforeseen changes; 
  •  Possess excellent interpersonal skills together with the ability to relate easily at all levels within the organization, particularly to those in the Research, Development and Business; 
  •  Be focused with an attention to detail balanced by sound common sense;
  •  Be keen to work in a multicultural and cross-border professional environment; 
  •  Be prepared to travel as and when the occasion demands. 

Key responsibilities associated to the proposed position: 
  •  Persistently partner, challenge and counsel internal clients on opportunities to protect their inventions; 
  •  Draft, file and prosecute patents from internal inventors such as for new products, novel manufacturing processes, novel uses thereof;  
  •  Take parts in preparation of opinions regarding Freedom-to-Operate (FTO), validity of third parties' IP rights, and other IP-related matters; 
  •  Continuously deepen professional expertise and proactively share with IP community advances/news/peculiarities of EP/IT patent law, case law, doctrine, of interest for the entire group; 
  •  Be able to understand all underlying technicalities and challenges of ongoing R&D&T projects and constantly improve effectiveness in interactions with scientists’ community; 
  •  Ensure monitoring of IP scenario in certain product lines/fields of endeavors of interest to our company group and proactively disseminate information within RD&T and business community; 
  •  Consistently endeavor to ensure respect of our company’s IPRs in specific fields of activity of our company  Group, including supporting company  teams (Business, Sales and Marketing, RD&T) for detecting possible infringement acts and systematically advice on actions to be undertaken; 
  •  Progressively share active responsibility for handling and managing patent portfolio of certain technologies/businesses, targets, and projects.