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Engineering Patent Portfolio Manager

European Space Agency


Posted 3 weeks ago


Join the forefront of space innovation as an Engineering Patent Portfolio Manager at ESA


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Noordwijk, NL

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The European Space Agency (ESA) is a beacon of innovation, leading the charge in the industrialisation and commercialisation of space products and services. As a pioneer in scaling up the global space market and facilitating access to investment and finance, ESA is at the cutting edge of pushing boundaries beyond Earth. Working at ESA, you will be part of an organization that values diversity and inclusivity, offering a stimulating environment where every contribution is instrumental in shaping the future of space exploration.

  • Strategic management of ESA's patent portfolio
  • Guiding patent prosecution processes
  • Conducting thorough portfolio analysis and evaluation
  • Performing prior art and freedom-to-operate analyses
  • Collaborating with various stakeholders and ensuring effective communication
  • Organising and reporting within the Patents Group
  • Master's degree in engineering science and/or intellectual property
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in managing a patent portfolio
  • Strong knowledge of patenting procedures, particularly PCT and EP
  • Comprehensive understanding of patent laws and regulations
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to network effectively
  • Proven self-motivation and organizational prowess

The Engineering Patent Portfolio Manager will be reporting to the Head of the Innovation Services Section, Commercialisation Services Department, Directorate of Commercialisation, Industrial Policy and Competitiveness (D/CIC). The Commercialisation Services Department supports the industrialisation and commercialisation of space products and services, scale-up on global markets, as well as access to investments and finance for the European space industry.

As Engineering Patent Portfolio Manager, you will be in charge of the management of the ESA patents portfolio. In doing so, you will interface with persons at various levels inside and outside the Agency. Your tasks and responsibilities will include: Strategic Patent Portfolio Management, Patent Prosecution, Portfolio Analysis and Evaluation, Prior art and freedom-to-operate analysis, Collaboration and Communication, and Patents Group organisation and reporting.

The ideal candidate should have a master's degree in engineering science and/or intellectual property and at least 5 years of experience of managing a patent portfolio or being involved in the management and licensing of the portfolio. Strong knowledge of patenting procedures (in particular PCT and EP) and sound knowledge of patent laws and regulations are required. Solid communication skills with the ability to interface and network with people at all levels and a demonstrated capacity for strong self-motivation and organisation are also necessary.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged. At the Agency we value diversity, and we welcome people with disabilities. Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace. The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process.


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