In-house IP Counsel

eNL London & South East
01 Nov 2018
30 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

In-House IP Solicitor - Our client a 'FTSE100' powerhouse is looking to recruit an Intellectual Property specialist to support the business on all contentious and non-contentious IP matters.

JOB TITLE: In-house IP Counsel


LOCATION: Birmingham OR Bristol or COWES

SALARY: £-on application


As IP Counsel the role requires the provision of legal advice and assistance in relation to all IP related matters and the IP aspects of commercial and corporate transactions, including the following:

Non Contentious

  • Supporting Key Development Contracts, Collaboration Agreements, Teaming Agreement, Trade Mark Licences, Research & Development Agreements with Academic Institutions and Confidentiality Agreements, formulating IP terms which best protect our client's interests, drafting and negotiating agreements where appropriate and advising on the strategic impact of agreed terms.
  • Working at all levels in the business to preserve & protect their position with respect to potential licensees, licensors, suppliers & customers where creation, ownership, use &/or confidentiality of IP is at issue.
  • Leading negotiations and representing our client's interests in its dealings with development partners in multiparty consortium agreements relating to research and development.
  • Providing IP legal support & advice on major commercial contracts & corporate transactions including M&A, advising on cross border issues involving advice from a number of jurisdictions where applicable.
  • Creating standard documents for use in IP agreements and disputes & a process for ensuring their correct use.
  • Reviewing and advising on Grant Funding Arrangements for investment for the development of new technology and IP, including advising on State Aid relating to Grant Funding.


  • Leading on resolution of disputes relating to IP matters and on management of IP related litigation.
  • Assessing the relative strength of cases, level of exposure and formulating strategy & adopting tactics for the optimal outcome and where appropriate taking the lead in settlement discussions.
  • Ensuring that likely outcomes are understood by Divisional Management.
  • Managing dispute budgets.

IP Portfolio Creation and Management

  • Lead the IP Creation Activity including development and implementation of an IP Strategy and leading the management of the IP Portfolio by the Patent/IP Management team through agreed IP processes.
  • Lead the patent management activity.
  • Act as a first point of contact for the patent managers' questions and concerns and guide their actions.
  • Lead regular Concern Escalation Meetings with the patent management team to review significant IP risks and agree issues to be escalated to Divisional Executive Team.
  • Manage the IP Budget for external legal expenses to minimise external spend and maximise protection.
  • Lead the patent managers team in all activities relating to the identification and management of 3rd party IP risks through patent managers and external counsel.
  • Manage the portfolio of Divisional owned Trade Marks through external trade mark attorneys.


  • Good knowledge of IP law in the UK & EC (and other major jurisdictions), a solid understanding of commercial contracts
  • At least 5 years relevant PQE gained in a major law firm or in House.
  • A first class academic & legal background.
  • Experience in managing major cross border matters in a highly commercial environment in support of a growth strategy.
  • The ability to provide clear & practical guidance
  • The ability to communicate at all levels across a multi-national organisation, to build strong internal and external relationships and to establish oneself as a key member of the legal and commercial teams.
  • Capable of achieving 'trusted adviser' status with the senior leadership team.


Contact Pasquale Agatiello at eNL on 0121 454 1004 or email now with your CV or simply call for a confidential discussion.

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