Intellectual Property Officer: National Physical Laboratory


Location: Teddington, United Kingdom

Group: Product Management

Salary Details: Competitive + Benefits

10 Oct 2021

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 commercialisation through routes such as spin-outs. Some examples of these and current licensing opportunities are on our webpage

NPL is offering a 14 month secondment (maternity cover) for an IP Officer, starting end Sept / early October 2021. 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 Commercial 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.


  • Qualified at degree level, preferably in Science or Engineering.
  • Qualification in IP Management desirable
  • Hands-on experience managing a science-based IP portfolio
  • Experience of the UK and worldwide patent process

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Please note:  Applications will be reviewed, and interviews 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.

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 and BAME 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, October 10, 2021
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