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Intellectual Property Manager

Belgium, Olen

Group R&D

Intellectual Assets/Property

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About Umicore

Reducing harmful vehicle emissions. Giving new life to used metals. Powering the cars of the future. As a global materials and technology group, we apply our specialist knowledge to offer materials and solutions that are essential to everyday life.

Job Description

Umicore is investing heavily in Technology Innovation and is expanding the Intellectual Property Management team in Olen (Belgium) to increase value creation from Innovation & IT assets.


  • You screen the Research & Development results in order to propose patents that protect the acquired knowledge on processes and results.
  • You formulate, starting from Records of Invention of the inventors, and defend patent applications at the official patent offices in Europe, America,Asia,...
  • You follow-up the granting procedure and react on office actions of the worldwide Patent Offices.
  • You formulate advices to project managers and Business Units on freedom-to-operate versus 3rd party patent rights and you gather external opinions if needed.
  • You defend Umicore IP rights in opposition and appeal procedures and in infringement cases.
  • You question and attack the validity of 3rd party patent rights in opposition, appeal and re-examination procedures.
  • You lead the IP committees that take decisions on IP matters for a specific Business Unit. These committees include also members of R&D and the Business Units.
  • You provide basic on-the-job IP training to internal customers.
  • You continuously follow and implement the evaluation in patent law.
  • You report to the Director Intellectual Property.


  • You have an Engineering or Science degree (technical college or university) or equivalent.
  • You are Qualified European patent attorney or are already far in the process to acquire this qualification.
  • You are fluent in English (written and spoken)
  • You have excellent negotiation skills to coordinate the decision making process in IP matter.
  • You are a team player.
  • Experience with rechargeable battery materials and application, metallurgy, catalysis, organometallic chemistry or applications of precious metals is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Patent Management systems is an asset

What we offer

At Umicore, we aim to lead by example, commit to quality products and services and to our values. Not just for our customers, but for our employees too. That is why we strive to create a collaborative environment in which our people can succeed, and a culture that is open to sharing ideas, develop expertise and careers, coupled to a motivating remuneration package.

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