Leader, Patents (f/m/d)

  • Full Time
  • Industriepark, 58675 Hemer, Deutschland
  • Grohe AG

Strong understanding of patent law, patent processes, hands on mentality and forward thinking with good knowledge in how to build, maintain and defend a technical IP portfolio are key.

Position Purpose:

The incumbent

  • has responsibility for consulting LIXIL in patenting and other related IP matters.
  • has responsibility for and drives complex patent prosecution and opposition/appeal proceedings by instructing multiple patent attorneys in law firms across the globe.
  • has responsibility to obtain the broadest patent protection for LIXIL´s IP in all relevant jurisdiction.

Main Responsibilities and Accountabilities:

  • Develop and implement patent strategies for products and services of LIXIL
  • Drafting and filing of patent applications
  • Prosecuting patent cases at the European Patent Office, German Patent Office and other patent offices, i. e. responding to office actions, assessing citations, amending claims so that optimal protection is secured for LIXIL inventions
  • Defending LIXIL patents against third party oppositions / appeals
  • Counseling inventors and staff in all aspects of technical IP
  • Closely interacting with the various R&D development teams to early pick up   inventions and to safeguard FTO for LIXIL projects, with a special focus on R&D performed at the Hemer site
  • Supporting in matters involving IP contracts
  • Securing freedom to operate for LIXIL EMENA’s products and services
  • Assessing third party IP, preparing patent opinions, and filing of oppositions / appeals in conjunction with R&D specialists and external patent attorneys
  • Supporting a global approach to protect LIXIL against third party IP
  • Providing input on patent strategies of major competitors and strategic alliances

Position Qualifications and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor`s degree in engineering, science or IT, PhD/doctorate preferred
  • Qualified European Patent Attorney; additional national qualification(s) such as German Patent Attorney/Patentassessor preferred
  • Candidates with both, law firm experience and experience in a global company preferred
  • Experience with agreements involving patents and related Intellectual property matters
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills
  • In-depth technical knowledge and experience highly regarded
  • Fluency in German and English is required, working knowledge in Japanese preferred

We offer:

  • A very dynamic environment with global exposure
  • An international team of experts to inspire you and to learn from
  • A salary package directly linked to your work experience and responsibilities
  • Use of our diverse employee offerings
  • Attractive location in Hemer with immediate proximity to the Sauerland


Then we are looking forward to your application. For queries and further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Grohe AG
Clémence Gur
Feldmühleplatz 15
40545 Düsseldorf

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GROHE is a leading global brand for complete bathroom solutions and kitchen fittings, dedicated to providing innovative water products that deliver "Pure Freude an Wasser". GROHE has been committed to the values of technology, quality, design and sustainability that illustrate GROHE's commitment to creating exceptional experiences. With its engineering, innovation and design activities anchored in Germany, GROHE products bear the quality label "Made in Germany". GROHE was the first in its industry to win the German government’s CSR prize and was also featured in the Fortune® magazine’s ranking of Top 50 that are “Changing the World”.

Since 2014 GROHE is part of LIXIL – a pioneer for water and housing products.