IP Coordinator Greater China

China, Shanghai - RHQ
New Business Incubation
Intellectual Assets/Property

Posted on 25-06-2022

About Umicore

Reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Giving new life to used metals. Powering the cars of the future. As a global materials and technology group, we apply our specialist knowledge to offer materials and solutions that are essential to everyday life. We aim to be a clear world leader in materials for clean mobility and recycling and have turned our sustainability approach into an even greater competitive advantage. With ambitions like this, imagine what you could do?

About NBI

Umicore’s commitment to creating a sustainable future relies on innovation in all areas of business. As we keep pushing our boundaries and strive to set new industry standards, embracing advanced technologies has never been more essential. By finding these technologies we can navigate challenges and enhance our capabilities. By sharing different ideas, we can develop new business units or establish new divisions within our organisation. This is where contribution and collaboration are the drivers of real change. Where individual thought is identified, incubated and nurtured for growth in years to come. There is still so much potential waiting to be unearthed. Which is where you come in.Umicore’s commitment to creating a sustainable future relies on innovation in all areas of business. As we keep pushing our boundaries and strive to set new industry standards, embracing advanced technologies has never been more essential. By finding these technologies we can navigate challenges and enhance our capabilities. By sharing different ideas, we can develop new business units or establish new divisions within our organisation. This is where contribution and collaboration are the drivers of real change. Where individual thought is identified, incubated and nurtured for growth in years to come. There is still so much potential waiting to be unearthed. Which is where you come in.

What you will be doing

  • Facilitate Strategic Business/ IP Alignment Review for CRD, business units and NBI, and follows up on agreed actions.
  • Facilitate definition of IP Priorities for CRD, business units and NBI, initiates appropriate actions and follows up accordingly.
  • Take care that an IP strategy is in place for CRD, business units and NBI, and contributes to development of it, keeps it up to date.
  • Support R&D projects in CRD, business units and NBI, with respect to IP, takes part into gate meetings for projects with high IP relevance. Facilitates selection of projects that are highly relevant from an IP perspective and reviews quality of organization, processes and IP deliverables.  
  • Support the management of the patent portfolios that belong to CRD, business units and NBI. Oversees the IP aspects of R&D projects, safeguarding the appropriate geographic coverage of the patent portfolio.
  • With inputs of Umicore IP managers and BUs, coordinate IP prosecution and office actions in China with external IP firms.
  • Coordinate to identify trade secrets in CRD, business units and NBI, and supports the decision process to keep inventions secret versus applying for patent applications. Makes sure that trade secrets are managed according to Umicore’s guideline, conducts audits and initiates measures accordingly.
  • Coordinate “IP Watch Out” for potential patent infringements and supports proceedings of such, supports closing of license agreements and other means to capitalize on patents of CRD, business units and NBI, together with Open Innovation.
  • Coordinate training and seminars on intellectual property rights, provides IP training. 
  • Coordinate IP status reporting within CRD, business units and NBI, e.g., towards IP Committee, IP Steering Committee with respect to own IP organization, third party IP, IP processes. 
  • Coordinate IP remuneration and IP actions related to Umicore employees in China
  • Support CRD, business units and NBI management to have an appropriate IP organization in place. Acts as the interface between own BU and IP Manager as well as other functions. Advises managers, scientists and engineers on intellectual property rights.

Who we are looking for

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Chemistry, Physics, Material Sciences
  • Experience in material sciences, inorganic chemistry, processes and applications of precious metals
  • Experienced intellectual property professional overseeing the IP related laws, practices and habits in China
  • Five years’ experience or more in intellectual property in industry 
  • Chinese national / Chinese resident being well aware of and trained in Chinese culture
  • Fluent in Chinese (Mandarin) and English (written and spoken)

What we offer

We aim to lead the way. Not just for our customers, but for our employees too. That is why we strive to create a collaborative environment in which we can all succeed, and a culture through which we can all share ideas, develop our expertise and advance our careers. We engage in building an inclusive work culture that offers equal opportunities for all employees irrespective of their diverse backgrounds. As you would expect from a world-leading organisation, we will also reward your contribution with a competitive salary and benefits. With all this and more, imagine what you could do?

If our battery materials can power the next generation of drones, IMAGINE WHAT YOU COULD DO?

      

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