European Patent Attorney

Vacancy information

Research & Development
Career level:Professional (> 6 jaar)
Final apply:30-06-2024
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Your contribution to innovation at Tata Steel Nederland: Not only writing, defending, and opposing, but also providing substantive advice.

What is your job?

As a European Patent Attorney, you will be responsible for managing and protecting our extensive patent portfolio. 

You will be part of the Intellectual Property Services (IPS) team. Within this team you will acquire the intellectual property rights for inventions of Tata Steel Nederland.

You draw up patent applications, submit them to the relevant patent granting authority and defend the IP position of Tata Steel Nederland in opposition proceedings before the EPO. You work together with the legal department in drawing up IP-related agreements. You have a coordinating role in legal cases and you work closely with international agencies and agents.

In addition, you are a sparring partner for the management of Research & Development and other stakeholder departments within Tata Steel Nederland to jointly formulate the IP policy for your portfolio.

Of course you know very well what is going on in the IP field. You are able to communicate this knowledge and expertise within R&D and Tata Steel Nederland.

Is this you?

We offer you a unique position at an interesting, dynamic, and international steel company. We are looking for:
•    Several years of experience as a qualified European Patent Attorney and ideally with UPC qualification.
•    The following competences: oral and written communication skills, persuasiveness, collaboration, commitment, accuracy, analytical skills.
•    Excellent command of the English language; command of Dutch is an advantage.
•    Knowledge of design and/or trademark law is an advantage.
•    Affinity with metallurgy, (polymer) chemistry and/or process technology is an advantage.

What do we offer?

Tata Steel Nederland is a unique company characterized by an open and informal culture in a technical environment, and with a large and long history. Tata Steel Nederland has its own collective labor agreement with excellent primary and secondary employment conditions.
•    A base monthly salary of up to €9,361,00 depending on experience and on a fulltime basis. 
•    29 vacation days and 11.5 ADV days. 
•    The possibility to work parttime (0.6 to 1.0 fte)
•    10% annual supplement: a year-end bonus (2%) and holiday allowance (8%). 
•    A variable profit-sharing scheme. 
•    A good work-life balance: a flexi-hour arrangement that allows you to accrue additional days off. 
•    The option to work flexibly and/or partially from home. 
•    Contribution to your healthcare costs and an expense allowance. 
•    A (very good) pension plan in which 70% of the premium is paid by Tata Steel Nederland.

What is the company?

Tata Steel Nederland includes several sites in the Netherlands, Europe and North America. In IJmuiden, Tata Steel Nederland produces high-quality steel for the packaging industry, construction and transport sectors, among others.

You can find the steel from Tata Steel Nederland in drinks cans, batteries, roofs, walls, windmills, cars and trucks, among other things.

Tata Steel Nederland invests tens of millions of euros in process and product development, with a focus on the transition to making carbon-free iron and steel as clean as possible. In addition to high investments, this transition also requires a major development effort from our researchers and engineers.

Your department
The Intellectual Property Services (IPS) department is part of Research & Development. From IJmuiden, IPS manages the intellectual property of Tata Steel Nederland, including that of its subsidiaries at home and abroad. An average of 25-40 new patent applications are filed each year. The team consists of 6 patent attorneys, a trademark attorney/searcher and 3 secretarial and administrative employees. You report to the Manager Intellectual Property.

Our ambition
Our ambition is to become a green, clean, and circular steel company that everyone can be proud of. We aim to improve the way people work, live, and move around the world through sustainable steel. To achieve this, we need talents like you. Will you join us in shaping the future?

How to apply?

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Hiske Landheer (Manager Intellectual Property Services).

T: +31(0)2514 92885 / +31(0)610966004

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Application process

1. Apply

Good choice, you have applied! We are going to review your application and contact you as soon as possible.

2. First interview

We already know a lot about you, but we would also like to know you personally and hear from you why you think you are fit with us.

3. Follow-up interview(s)

There are more colleagues who would like to get to know you. We would also like to take this opportunity to show you more about us.

4. Contract proposal

Nice, you are just ahead of the start of a new challenge. Because of our own Tata Steel cao we offer you a good employment package, which we would like to explain in a personal conversation.

5. Employed

Congratulations, we have become colleagues! Getting acquainted with the special world of steel production can start now.

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