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Category Lead Patent Counsel - Food

Category Lead Patent Counsel - Food

Singen, DE

Singen, DE

Based in Singen, the Nestlé Product Technology Centre (NPTC) is part of our global network of Research Centres with NPTC Singen focusing purely on excellence in Food worldwide. Whether Cooking Aid, Meat Alternative, Soups or Sauces, the NPTC leads the way in how they're developed, processed and packaged. It's a place where creativity meets practicality, but where being pragmatic doesn't hinder ideas. If anything, it calls for more expertise and ingenuity to make fantastic initial concepts become exceptional industrialised ideas.

Position Snapshot

Location: Nestlé PTC Food, Singen, Germany
Working Time: full-time 
Contract: unlimited
Start Date: immediate

Position Summary

Part of the Nestlé Group Legal & Compliance function, Legal R&D enables and protects Nestlé R&D Innovations through pragmatic legal services and business-driven IP protection.
As the Lead Patent Counsel for Food R&D, you will be responsible for developing, implementing and delivering the IP strategy for Nestlé Product Technology Center (NPTC) Food, which drives discover, develop and deploy activities on culinary products, bringing culinary art to a level that can be practiced at home or used in a professional kitchen. 
NPTC Food is the dynamic R&D structure based in Germany, US and India which develops the products, processes and packaging that will delight our consumers today and tomorrow, combining unique scientific and technological knowhow to outstanding manufacturing excellence. 
This position is based in Singen, Germany.  

A day in the life of...

  • Be a Legal R&D IP Business Partner for the leadership team of the NPTC Food
  • Develop, implement and deliver on the Food IP Strategy together with the R&D Counsel and IP Analysts, and in close partnership with the R&D teams.
  • Lead business-driven patent filling and prosecution, freedom to operate assessments and oppositions of 3rd party patents, as well as defend against 3rd party oppositions.
  • Manage the Food patent portfolio with business-alignment and rigorous cost management 
  • Advise on IP matters in R&D collaborations, including contributing to the drafting of R&D agreements.
  • Enable new and accelerated approaches to develop new consumer-centric products, while ensuring adequate protection under tight timelines. 
  • Partner with the Legal R&D Litigation Lead on any category-specific IP disputes.
  • Lead and develop a patent counsel based in Singen (Germany) and contribute to a culture of speed, accountability, proactivity and pragmaticism within the Legal R&D function.
  • Promote passion for IP across the Food category, through awareness, training and communication
  • Drive awareness and enforcement of Nestlé technical IP in Food through our markets

What will make you successful

  • Fully qualified patent attorney in a major IP jurisdiction, with a background in food science / chemistry. Prior experience with the food business is an asset.
  • Prior experience with developing business-driven IP strategies. 
  • Several years post-qualification professional experience with patent drafting, prosecution and FTO assessment. 
  • Experience in international filing and enforcement strategies and leveraging IP rights beyond patents.
  • Experience in R&D contract drafting, in particular IP-related clauses 
  • You are service-oriented, pragmatic and hands-on, as well as a true team player able to successfully collaborate with Legal R&D colleagues around the globe.
  • Leadership experience is an asset
  • Fluent in English, any other language is an asset

Growing together sustainably.

Nestlé wants to be a really good partner for you. With our offer for flexible working time and several work-life balance initiatives, we want to make sure that you can find a good harmony between your professional and personal life. If you are also looking for an exciting, challenging and rewarding position in a great international atmosphere with other benefits like a company pension fund and individual offers for further development we would love to hear from you.

Ready for the next step?

Please apply online. Your contact person for this position is Maya Oenning. 
Do you have any questions? We have summarized the answers to the most important questions for applicants for you here.
 

Based in Singen, the Nestlé Product Technology Centre (NPTC) is part of our global network of Research Centres with NPTC Singen focusing purely on excellence in Food worldwide. Whether Cooking Aid, Meat Alternative, Soups or Sauces, the NPTC leads the way in how they're developed, processed and packaged. It's a place where creativity meets practicality, but where being pragmatic doesn't hinder ideas. If anything, it calls for more expertise and ingenuity to make fantastic initial concepts become exceptional industrialised ideas.

Position Snapshot

Location: Nestlé PTC Food, Singen, Germany
Working Time: full-time 
Contract: unlimited
Start Date: immediate

Position Summary

Part of the Nestlé Group Legal & Compliance function, Legal R&D enables and protects Nestlé R&D Innovations through pragmatic legal services and business-driven IP protection.
As the Lead Patent Counsel for Food R&D, you will be responsible for developing, implementing and delivering the IP strategy for Nestlé Product Technology Center (NPTC) Food, which drives discover, develop and deploy activities on culinary products, bringing culinary art to a level that can be practiced at home or used in a professional kitchen. 
NPTC Food is the dynamic R&D structure based in Germany, US and India which develops the products, processes and packaging that will delight our consumers today and tomorrow, combining unique scientific and technological knowhow to outstanding manufacturing excellence. 
This position is based in Singen, Germany.  

A day in the life of...

  • Be a Legal R&D IP Business Partner for the leadership team of the NPTC Food
  • Develop, implement and deliver on the Food IP Strategy together with the R&D Counsel and IP Analysts, and in close partnership with the R&D teams.
  • Lead business-driven patent filling and prosecution, freedom to operate assessments and oppositions of 3rd party patents, as well as defend against 3rd party oppositions.
  • Manage the Food patent portfolio with business-alignment and rigorous cost management 
  • Advise on IP matters in R&D collaborations, including contributing to the drafting of R&D agreements.
  • Enable new and accelerated approaches to develop new consumer-centric products, while ensuring adequate protection under tight timelines. 
  • Partner with the Legal R&D Litigation Lead on any category-specific IP disputes.
  • Lead and develop a patent counsel based in Singen (Germany) and contribute to a culture of speed, accountability, proactivity and pragmaticism within the Legal R&D function.
  • Promote passion for IP across the Food category, through awareness, training and communication
  • Drive awareness and enforcement of Nestlé technical IP in Food through our markets

What will make you successful

  • Fully qualified patent attorney in a major IP jurisdiction, with a background in food science / chemistry. Prior experience with the food business is an asset.
  • Prior experience with developing business-driven IP strategies. 
  • Several years post-qualification professional experience with patent drafting, prosecution and FTO assessment. 
  • Experience in international filing and enforcement strategies and leveraging IP rights beyond patents.
  • Experience in R&D contract drafting, in particular IP-related clauses 
  • You are service-oriented, pragmatic and hands-on, as well as a true team player able to successfully collaborate with Legal R&D colleagues around the globe.
  • Leadership experience is an asset
  • Fluent in English, any other language is an asset

Growing together sustainably.

Nestlé wants to be a really good partner for you. With our offer for flexible working time and several work-life balance initiatives, we want to make sure that you can find a good harmony between your professional and personal life. If you are also looking for an exciting, challenging and rewarding position in a great international atmosphere with other benefits like a company pension fund and individual offers for further development we would love to hear from you.

Ready for the next step?

Please apply online. Your contact person for this position is Maya Oenning. 
Do you have any questions? We have summarized the answers to the most important questions for applicants for you here.
 

Apply now »