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IP Research Associate

Employer
Innospec
Location
Ellesmere Port, Cheshire
Salary
Up to £50,000
Closing date
11 Jun 2022

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Sector
Chemistry, Intellectual Property, Organic
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Accreditation Requirements
Not specified
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Job Details

Innospec is a global speciality chemicals company focused on bringing innovative new technologies to market combined with a fast and responsive service. We serve a range of industries across the world, bringing our products to customers in markets from oilfields, fuels, refineries and power stations to personal care and performance chemicals.

Our global team of approximately 2,000 employees spans 24 countries, applying their extensive experience and market understanding to customers’ local needs. Integrating our global footprint with local service capability enables us to supply quality products that meet and anticipate changing market dynamics

A vacancy has arisen for an IP Research Associate, within the Corporate Technology function at Innospec, Ellesmere Port.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Carry out patent and literature searching to a high standard, including the technical interpretation of search outputs, to support:
    • New product development and the patenting of new inventions
    • Freedom to operate (FTO) and other IP issues relevant to the business
    • Patent oppositions
  • Actively contribute to the competitor IP monitoring process to support the business, including:
    •  Execute patent searches (as above) to provide monthly input
    • Preparing for and holding monthly review meetings
    • Following up actions
    • Maintaining the competitor IP database
    • Assume overall responsibility for the process within 1 – 2 years
  • Maintain Innospec’s patent and trademark databases
  • Maintain patent watch lists in EPO and USPTO and provide periodic status reports on watched patents
  • As directed by the Global IP Lead undertake activities to support the filing and prosecution of patent and trademark applications, and their maintenance after grant

 

Minimum qualifications and qualities:

Essential:

  • Science degree, with high organic chemistry content
  • Demonstrable knowledge of, and interest in patents and IP
  • Excellent attention to detail and time management skills
  • Ability to communicate effectively with colleagues at all levels of the business
  • Excellent IT skills to include Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Desirable:

  • Experience of working in chemical R&D or similar environment
  • Experience of the patent filing process, for example as an inventor
  • Experience with publicly available or subscription patent search databases
  • Foreign language skills
  • At least 3 months’ work experience in an IP role

 

As an organisation, we are committed to ensuring that Innospec is a great company to work for and invest significantly in the development of our employees to meet this ambition. We offer excellent benefit package which includes:

  • 25 days holidays + bank holidays (increases to 28 days after 5 years)
  • 5% pension contribution (Increasing to 15% following successful probation)
  • Sharesave scheme
  • Private health care (AXA)
  • Performance bonuses
  • Death in service (6x salary)

Working arrangements:

  • Monday – Friday 37.5 hours per week, 7.5 hours per day, core hours 10am – 3pm. 2 working from home days per week 

Company

Innospec is a global speciality chemicals company focused on bringing innovative new technologies to market combined with a fast and responsive service. We serve a range of industries across the world, bringing our products to customers in markets from oilfields, fuels, refineries and power stations to personal care and performance chemicals.

Our global team of approximately 2,000 employees spans 24 countries, applying their extensive experience and market understanding to customers’ local needs. Integrating our global footprint with local service capability enables us to supply quality products that meet and anticipate changing market dynamics

Find Us
Website
Telephone
01513506954
Location
Innospec Ltd
Oil Sites Road
Liverpool
Wirral
CH65 4EY
United Kingdom
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