Location: Orbe, Switzerland
Company: Société des Produits Nestlé SA
Type of contract: Permanent
Act. Rate: Full-Time, 100%
Part of the Nestlé Group Legal & Compliance function, Legal R&D enables and protects Nestlé R&D Innovations through pragmatic legal services and business-driven IP protection.
As the Lead Patent Counsel for Beverages R&D, you will be responsible for developing, implementing and delivering the IP strategy for Nestlé Product Technology Center (NPTC) Beverage, which drives discover, develop and deploy activities on coffee based beverages and creamers in all possible formats: soluble, portioned, roast & ground and liquid.
NPTC Beverage is the dynamic R&D structure based in Switzerland, USA and Singapore, which develops the products, processes and packaging that will delight our consumers today and tomorrow, combining unique scientific and technological knowhow to outstanding manufacturing excellence.
This position is based in Orbe, Switzerland.
A day in the life of a Category Lead Patent Counsel
o Be a Legal R&D IP Business Partner for the leadership team of the NPTC Beverage
o Develop, implement and deliver on the Beverages IP Strategy together with the R&D Counsel and IP Analysts, and in close partnership with the R&D teams
o Lead business-driven patent filling and prosecution, freedom to operate assessments and oppositions of 3rd party patents, as well as defend against 3rd party oppositions
o Manage the Beverages patent portfolio with business-alignment and rigorous cost management
o Advise on IP matters in R&D collaborations, including contributing to the drafting of R&D agreements
o Enable new and accelerated approaches to develop new consumer-centric products, while ensuring adequate protection under tight timelines
o Partner with the Legal R&D Litigation Lead on any category-specific IP disputes
o Lead and develop a patent counsel based in Marysville (US), and contribute to a culture of speed, accountability, proactivity and pragmaticism within the Legal R&D function
o Promote passion for IP across the Beverage category, through awareness, training and communication
o Drive awareness and enforcement of Nestlé technical IP in Beverages through our markets
What will make you successful
o Fully qualified patent attorney in a major IP jurisdiction, with a background in food science / chemistry. Prior experience with the coffee business is an asset
o Prior experience with developing business-driven IP strategies.
o 10+ years post-qualification professional experience with patent drafting, prosecution and FTO assessment
o Experience in international filing and enforcement strategies and leveraging IP rights beyond patents
o Experience in R&D contract drafting, in particular IP-related clauses
o You are service-oriented, pragmatic and hands-on, as well as a true team player able to successfully collaborate with Legal R&D colleagues around the globe
o Leadership experience is an asset
o Fluent in English, any other language is an asset
The Nestlé Group is the world's largest food and beverage company with 92.6 billion Swiss Francs in sales in 2019. It is present in 187 countries around the world, has 403 factories and its 291'000 employees are committed to Nestlé's purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives. Its more than 2000 brands range from global icons like Nescafé or Nespresso to local favourites. Company performance is driven by its Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy. Nestlé is based in the Swiss town of Vevey where it was founded more than 150 years ago. Learn more about our Group and reasons to join us on www.nestle.com