Intellectual Property Manager: National Physical Laboratory

About the Role

NPL’s Intellectual Property underpins much of NPL’s work and supports the real-world impact created through adoption of NPL technologies. We have a proud record of commercialisation - our IP has supported the growth of UK companies as well as realised impact through routes such as spin-outs, licensing and NPL’s products and services.

This is an exciting opportunity for an IP specialist to expand their experience and knowledge, working across all of NPL’s many science disciplines. The role is based in Teddington, South West London but hybrid working between home and the office is expected.

Working as part of a small team of IP specialists in the Partnerships Department with a strong focus on collaborating with our science teams, legal and external patent attorneys on IP identification and protection.

Key Responsibilities include: -

  • Review of invention disclosures
  • Advising science teams on whether there is protectable IP
  • Conducting Freedom to Operate searches
  • Managing patent and trademark applications
  • Dealing with patent prosecutions and queries
  • Monitoring IP Portfolio budgets
  • Being the first point of contact for NPL’s scientists to disclose their IP
  • Managing NPL’s relationship with our external patent attorneys
  • Safeguarding NPL’s IP through the IP rights defined in contracts with 3rd parties


About You

The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills along with a curious mind and attention to detail.

Experience: -

  • Strong technical background, qualified at degree level in Science or Engineering (preferably at postgraduate level)
  • Hands-on experience in technology transfer and/or managing a science-based IP portfolio
  • A demonstrated interest in innovation and commercialisation of research

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Competitive salary + Benefits

Applications will be reviewed, and interviews will be conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward.  We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.  

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About The Company

NPL and BEIS have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled, black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme..

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefits. NPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.

Closing date: 
Sunday, June 26, 2022
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