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Patent Information Officer

Using your scientific background to do patentability searches, patent landscape studies and assessments of the patent portfolios.




Electronics & Engineering

What you will do

Imec is in the top 3 of Belgium companies filing European patent applications. Our Patent team manages a patent portfolio of about 4000 patents and patent applications.
To strengthen our team, we are currently looking for a Patent Information Officer for our headquarters in Leuven, Belgium.

To orientate our research activities and to optimally protect the obtained innovations, we need to assess what is publicly known in the technical fields of interest.
As a Patent Information Officer, you search for this public information using specialized web-based databases. Requests for search are handled by you in collaboration with the patent portfolio manager involved. These requests include patentability searches, patent landscape studies and assessments of the patent portfolios of other companies. You discuss the outcome of your searches with the patent portfolio manager, researchers and/or managers.

In order to do so,

  • you define the scope of the search request together with the patent portfolio manager, researchers and/or management. Then, you develop and apply your search strategy to retrieve the most relevant information. You report the analysis of this information in a concise manner. If needed, you can call on providers of patent search services.
  • you train imec employees in searching for relevant information in patent and scientific literature databases.
  • you follow the latest developments in search tools and strategies, you keep your expertise up to date.

What we do for you

We offer you the opportunity to join one of the world’s premier research centers in nanotechnology at its headquarters in Leuven, Belgium. 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 committed to being an inclusive employer and 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 imec.academy, '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 market appropriate salary with many fringe benefits.

Who you are

  • You want to use your physics, electronics or electrical engineering background and learn all the secrets of the patent landscape.
  • Being familiar with semiconductor process technology and devices is a plus.
  • You have a broad interest in technology.
  • You combine this with good analytical skills.
  • You work accurately and in a structured way.
  • You are an enthusiastic team player but can work independently and take initiative.
  • You have good communication skills, both orally and written.
  • You have a thorough knowledge of English. Knowledge of Dutch is considered a plus.
  • You are willing to follow an extensive training to develop your search skills.

How can we help?

The Leuven MindGate team is at your disposal for any questions about the Leuven Innovation Region. Do you want to invest, work or study in the region? We can help you find your way.

We also facilitate collaboration and innovation between companies, knowledge institutes and government within the Leuven Innovation Region, and we are happy to guide any of these stakeholders towards innovation.