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Intellectual Property Counsel

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Omschrijving organisatie

Based at SABIC’s Technology Centre in Geleen, which is also the research facility for the company’s Polymers division, the appointee will handle all global IP matters that arise from SABIC’s IP portfolio within the Polymers business units. In addition to Patents, the appointed person may also be involved with Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, and IP Agreements. Reporting to Dr. Thomas Meyer – Senior Manager IP Europe.

People Who Can
We’ve always believed that it takes special people to make a difference. They need ingenuity, brilliance and the freedom to turn their ideas into reality. At SABIC, this is our culture. We find open-minded, gifted and questioning people. Then we create the conditions for their talent to flourish: fulfilling work environments, state-of-the-art technology and the empowerment they need. So when you work for SABIC, you’re the person who can find new solutions and possibilities that change the world for the better.
SABIC, headquartered in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of chemicals, fertilizers, plastics and metals. We supply these materials to other companies, who use them to make products on which the world has come to depend. At SABIC, we believe in using chemistry to power the ambitions of our customers, business partners, employees and societies we live in. We call this “CHEMISTRY THAT MATTERS™”.

In Europe, SABIC employs over 6,000 professionals and is running 6 world-scale production sites and 4 technology & innovation centers. We are present in almost every European country. Major locations within our broad network of innovation, production and marketing are: Teesside (UK), Cartagena (Spain), Gelsenkirchen (Germany), Geleen (Netherlands) Bergen op Zoom (The Netherlands) and Genk (Belgium). Based upon this strong fundament, we are a key producer of olefins, polyolefins, engineering thermoplastics resins, films and sheets. Discover more at www.sabic.com/careers

Functieomschrijving (inclusief taken en verantwoordelijkheden)

the key responsibilities will include the following:

  • Providing advice and counselling to SABIC’s businesses on all aspects of IP
  • Implementing IP strategies and the organization of the new structure for the Polycarbonate business to achieve global business objectives
  • Invention harvesting – interfacing with scientists and engineers across Europe (the Netherlands, Spain) and from other SABIC Technology Centers world wide to identify inventions
  • Managing and assessing IP disclosures
  • Drafting and prosecuting patent applications, including the management and supervision of this activity by outside counsel
  • Patent/Registered Right Searching – In co-operation with SABIC’s IP Analysts group in India searching patent information databases for patentability and infringement assessment purposes in connection with new inventions and development projects and in relation to carrying out IP landscape searches
  • Freedom-to-operate and Infringement Opinions - Providing infringement opinions, either internally or with the use of outside counsel
  • Oppositions and oral proceedings
  • Contract Advice - Providing advice on and negotiating a wide variety of contracts, including: confidentiality agreements, R&D service agreements, joint development agreements, licensing agreements, and IP advice for business acquisitions
  • Portfolio Management and Review - Assisting the supported businesses in regularly reviewing their patent portfolios for the purpose of retaining only those that are of commercial value
  • Assisting and supporting IP due diligence activities
  • Translating patent law issues and positions into business cases, as well as making recommendations for the business
  • Educating internal business functions in the importance of intellectual property assets to the Group as a whole
  • Working closely with the Senior Manager IP Europe and other team members of the global IP team in Europe, Saudi Arabia, USA, China and India, to ensure that IP services meet the business needs.

In conclusion, this is a highly demanding position, and candidates will be required to demonstrate a sound level of commercial acumen and professionalism. The appointed candidate will enjoy a high level of autonomy in dealing with a broad range of personnel. It also provides an opportunity for a well-rounded individual to influence and achieve considerable success with this established and well-respected company, and at the same time, build and enhance his/her own career, reputation and potential.

Profiel van geschikte kandidaat

Candidates must also be able to demonstrate the following personal qualities:

  • Demonstrate problem solving skills and a commercial approach to IP, as well as an understanding of the specific needs of an ever-growing Chemicals business
  • Be highly motivated, with the ability to work proactively with the IP team on a global basis to achieve the desired results
  • Possess an open, outward-going personality and a team player with excellent interpersonal skills sufficient to relate and engage with individuals at all levels within the organization on a global basis
  • Be cross-culturally sensitive in view of the multi-national working environment
  • Be a “self-starter” with a “hands-on” approach to working and possess a high degree of self-motivation, setting oneself the highest of standards as an example to others
  • Be highly organized with the ability to manage a challenging workload, including the prioritisation of duties when required
  • Possess the ability to remain calm under pressure and be able to work to tight deadlines
  • Be analytical with the capability to address complex technical matters in a concise and efficient manner, balanced by common sense
  • Possess excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Be flexible, adaptable and comfortable working within a multicultural company with high standards of ethics and behavior
  • Be a natural, flexible team-player and display excellent diplomatic and interpersonal skills. Qualities of discretion and confidentiality are also important to the role.

This role is an exciting opportunity for a person who wants to start a new career as a patent attorney. This opportunity promises long-term career progression within SABIC. The appointee will contribute significantly to the operational and commercial strategies of the company. SABIC is seeking to appoint an exceptional candidate to this role. The appointee will be the individual who most closely meets these requirements and who is keen to accept the challenges offered by this important position.

Overige opmerkingen

For more information about this role you can contact: Ingrid Schellens, Recruiter, tel +31(0)646103085

Important notice: please be informed that a reference check, an employment verification and E-assessment is be part of our recruitment process. A Certificate of Good Conduct can be requested depending the level of the role in our organization and/or function, allowing us to request dependant of local regulations.

Responses from employment agencies will not be considered

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