IP Protection Advisor
Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's largest research and technology organization.
We are looking for an IP Protection Advisor to support our National Programs and Business Services Branch. The IP Protection Advisor would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.
The incumbent will be managing NRC’s intellectual property to extract maximum value. The IP Protection Advisor will be called upon to develop and implement diverse IP protection strategies to support the current and future needs of the organization. As part of this role, the IP Protection Advisor will prepare, file and, where applicable, prosecute provisional and formal patent applications including those under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
This position reports to the Team Leader, IP Management. The incumbent is expected to provide guidance to the National Programs and Business Services offices, researchers and managers with whom they collaborate. The position is within a team providing intellectual property strategy and protection services to research centers across NRC.
The work also includes the management of external contracts with patent agents/patenting agencies and the provision of advice to the research center clients on options available and suggested actions to be taken (including the management of protection costs).
The IP Advisor could also review and provide support in the negotiation and drafting of various agreements, including licence agreements, collaborative research agreements and research services agreements.
The IP Advisor may also contribute to a variety of IP-related projects such as IP awareness initiatives.
A university degree in a chemistry related field.
Registration as a Canadian Patent Agent. Registration, or eligibility and willingness to obtain registration as Patent Agent in the United States.
A law degree with membership in a legal bar will be considered an asset.
Significant and recent experience in reviewing invention disclosures.
Significant and recent experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in advanced science or engineering disciplines.
Significant and recent experience in communicating directly with inventors to define invention scope and range of application.
Significant and recent experience in advising clients on intellectual property protection options, strategy and related issues.
Significant practical experience in the hands-on application of expertise in the technical field of the applicant’s degree(s) would also be considered an asset.
Significant practical experience in the negotiation and drafting of licensing agreements, and IP-related provisions in collaboration agreements and research services agreements would also be considered an asset.
Condition of Employment
Must be able to maintain professional registration as patent agent in Canada and in the U.S.
Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC
Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.
This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO group uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $52,854 to $149,416 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.
In addition, the incumbent will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.
In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates are encouraged to provide, along with their résumé, a detailed covering letter explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience.
Travel may be required.
A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.