Patent Information Officer

Leuven - Legal
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Using your wide technical interest and knowledge (of electronic design and systems, wireless communication or semiconductor components) to find out if an imec invention is patentable.


Patent Information Officer

What you will do

To steer imec's research activities and to optimally protect the obtained research results, imec needs to know which inventions are already published and what is protected by patent law. 
In your role as Patent Information Officer you conduct patentability searches, patent landscapes searches, searches for 3rd party patent position or patent status checks in the field of electronic design and systems, wireless communication and semiconductor components.
You do this by searching in specialized databases using dedicated search engines. 
You support patent portfolio managers by:
  • defining the scope of the search request, for all type of technical (patent) searches,
  • interpreting these requests for technical (patent) information, 
  • defining a search strategy to obtain optimal results,
  • searching, finding, analyzing the relevant technical (patent) information,
  • analyzing the obtained search results and report them in a synoptic, concise manner.
You may also:
  • train imec employees in using publicly available patent and scientific literature databases to support their research activities,
  • be in contact with external technical (patent) information suppliers,
  • follow the latest developments in the field of patent and scientific literature information databases.

What we do for you

You join an enthusiastic, hands-on team of 17 people with 10 patent portfolio managers, amongst which qualified patent attorneys and trainees, 2 patent information officers and 4 formality officers in an organization that is in the top three of Belgian applicants of European patent applications.
With your talent, passion and expertise, you’ll become part of a team that makes the impossible possible. Together, we shape the technology that will determine the society of tomorrow. 

We are proud of our open, multicultural, and informal working environment with ample possibilities to take initiative and show responsibility. We commit to supporting and guiding you in this process; not only with words but also with tangible actions. Through, 'our corporate university', we actively invest in your development to further your technical and personal growth. 

We are aware that your valuable contribution makes imec a top player in its field. Your energy and commitment are therefore appreciated by means of a competitive salary with many fringe benefits.

Who you are

  • You have a master’s in applied or exact sciences in the field of physics, electronics, telecommunication or software. With this knowledge you will be able to do searches on electronic design and systems, wireless communication and semiconductor components.
  • If you have experience with patents or you took a course with this topic, you have a plus, but this is no requirement.
  • You like to read about the above-mentioned technologies in specialized databases.
  • You work accurately and in a structured way.
  • You can focus and have good analytical skills.
  • You are an enthusiastic team player, but you can work independently and take initiative.
  • You have strong communication skills, both orally and written.
  • You have a thorough knowledge of English and Dutch.
  • You are located in Belgium.
  • You are willing to attend training related to patent search strategy and tools, e.g. by attending external training. 

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