About the Company
This group is a leading, multi-national FMCG business which produces some of the most loved and highly respected food and beverage brands in the world. It operates across a number of different sectors, including ingredients and retail, and has operations around the world.
About the Opportunity
The group has a new opportunity for an IP lawyer to join and lead on complex contentious and non-contentious IP matters for the group’ portfolio of businesses and brands. The role will be largely focussed on EMEA but will be part of a collaborative global function and work closely with lawyers in other regions to provide strategic support on high value matters. Although the business is well-known as a brands business, the complexity of the food and beverage products means the nature of the IP work increasingly involves hard IP (patents, etc). The role will work closely with businesses in the group in order to develop and promote an IP agenda targeted at the relevant business and sector. Non-contentious work will include advising on R&D and collaboration agreements, patent and trade mark licenses, IP protection (including patentability), and managing the group’s IP portfolio, which includes trade marks, patents and design rights. In addition, the position will have responsibility for the management of strategic IP disputes. You will work closely with the Head of Legal on overall IP strategy for all the group’s businesses.
A strong IP background with excellent knowledge of patents is essential. The ability to also manage and advise on trade marks will be key. Any previous experience of patents in relation to food ingredients and new food innovations would be welcome. Given the nature and complexity of the IP work involved, a life sciences background would be ideal.
This is a rare and unique opportunity for an IP lawyer to join a highly respected FMCG business in a new and key role based in London. As a result, strong relationship development skills and the ability to work on complex IP matters in a commercial way are also essential.